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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  364,677 ratings  ·  10,120 reviews
When he attends a dying patron of his family's boarding house, young Jim Hawkins has no idea that the man was once a pirate, or that the man's possessions include a map that will lead whoever has it to the island where the notorious buccaneer, Captain Flint, buried his treasure. Jim and his guardians hire a boat to sail to the island, unaware that crew they have hired incl ...more
Leather Bound, Barnes Noble Leather bound Classics, 272 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Barnes & Noble (first published January 28th 1882)
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Mi VaHu I was about to give up but I promised myself to read it till the end. I just wish I had enjoyed it more. At the beginning it was a real page turner…moreI was about to give up but I promised myself to read it till the end. I just wish I had enjoyed it more. At the beginning it was a real page turner but after that I started it to put it down more often. (less)
Richa I have. It isn't that long. It is very gripping too.

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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
Someone recently asked me what review I enjoyed writing the most, and, well, this is it:

I have a massive problem with this book. It’s one I’m a little embarrassed to admit. The problem is not with the writing or the characters that Stevenson has created; it’s not even with the plot. The problem resides with Kermit the Frog. (Stay with me here!) I grew up watching the muppets. I became slightly obsessed with them. I kind of wanted to join them. So, whenever I read about Captain Smollett and Long John
Luca Ambrosino
English (Treasure Island) / Italiano

«Squire Trelawney, Dr. Livesey, and the rest of these gentlemen having asked me to write down the whole particulars about Treasure Island, from the beginning to the end, keeping nothing back but the bearings of the island, and that only because there is still treasure not yet lifted, I take up my pen in the year of grace 17_ and go back to the time whenItaliano
«Squire ...more
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 items worthy of note in Robert Louis Stevenson's classic treasure "Treasure Island":

1) There are a ton of tropes! We understand that this is pretty much what Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean ripped off, making tons of money off of this adventurous classic, including but not limited to: rampant alcoholism; a code of honor; castaways (at sea or in land); shipwrecks (new and ancient); treason (group & individual) & double crosses; mutiny, hostages, captures and shocking escap

This is the iconic novel about pirates that it stands as the best example in this topic and easily one of the most adapted to other media novels in any genre.

I can remember having watched several adaptations, live action films, animated movies, even an animated film using animals as the characters, there is the Muppets' one, a Japanese anime TV series, an European mini-series taking the story to outer space starring Anthony Quinn, the animated remake
James Tivendale
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Treasure Island is arguably one of the most influential tales in the world of fiction. Every pirate stereotype that we take for granted these days we can see the foundation somewhere in this magic tale. Approaching this story; I am quite lucky that I knew nothing about the plot except that there was a map where X marked the spot showcasing Captain Flint's legendary treasure. I went into the task of reading this like a happy youth, wide-eyed looking forward to experiencing a legendary story for t ...more
Remember when pirates briefly became ironically cool, and all of your annoying friends were joining facebook groups for International Talk Like A Pirate Day? And the first Pirates of the Carribbean movie came out and was surprisingly awesome? And then the second Pirates of the Carribbean movie came out and was decidedly less awesome, but you didn't really realize it until the third one came out and you discovered you couldn't remember and didn't care about number two's cliffhanger ending (it was ...more
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone prepared to stage of a mutiny over a Bounty (bar)
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list
As Indiana Jones once, rather astutely pointed out, when it comes to treasure "X never, ever marks the spot". Well, it does if you're a pirate, which basically means that as a pirate you have a statistically much higher chance of finding treasure than any archaeologist ever would. I find this a bit unfortunate and if someone had presented me with this hard and fast evidence I would have ticked the pirate box and not the archaeologist box on my careers worksheet at school. Instead, I have to make ...more
Original rating: 3 stars
Updated rating: 3 stars (yup, no change)

I originally read this book when I was 12 or 13. I wrote a book report on it for a middle school English class. I also remember that I read it while on Spring Break in Florida - so it was kind of cool to read this while in a somewhat tropical climate. I remember that I liked it okay, but when you are reading it for school, you sometimes cannot trust a lukewarm memory of a book.

In this case, my memory wa
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
The book's blurb says "The most popular pirate story ever written in English" and they are not kidding about it. Practically every pirate tale written since then was influenced by this classic. I do not think I really need to mention the plot as it is widely known, but I will do it just in case.

A young boy named Jim Hawkins got his hands on a map showing the location of a buried pirate treasure - by a pure accident. A group of people is ready to go on a treasure hunt, but their plans are about
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4 out of 5 stars to Treasure Island, a coming-of-age-of-sort novel, written in 1882 by Robert Louis Stevenson. I read this book as a young adult when I received it as a Christmas present from an aunt and uncle. At first, although I knew it was a classic, I wasn't too anxious to jump into it. I wasn't a big fan of pirates and boats. I wasn't a normal kid, what can I tell you. But... it was a gift and I thought I should give it a chance. And once I did, I loved it. I had read Peter Pan recently and felt a
Jason Koivu
Nov 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARRrrr, me reader! Embark now on a voyage of high seas adventure with scurvy pirates, honest jack-tar sailors, marooned souls, and a vast treasure buried on some faraway island. Aye, that's Treasure Island! Weigh anchor, me laddie! The wind's always fair for gettin' this wonderful tale under way! HAHAAAAARRRGGGHHHAAAaaaa….omg, that's exhausting.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Motivations to read Treasure Island have been pinging me all my life. Most recently I read Henry James's famous essay “The Art of Fiction,” in which he says “I have just been reading . . . the delightful story of Treasure Island, by Mr. Robert Louis Stevenson.” That got me recalling all the favorable mentions of Stevenson in good old Jorge Luis Borges' Selected Non-Fictions. More recently, while streaming Blade Runner 2049, I decided to throw in the towel when Rick Deckerd says to Officer K “'You mightn’t happen to have a pie ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“If you keep on drinking rum, the world will soon be quit of a very dirty scoundrel!”

“Treasure Island” is a novel I had not read since I was a teenager. I had forgotten about it frankly. Then while I was rereading it this time, images from past readings and the iconic Disney 1950 film (which I devoured as a kid) were jogged back into my mind by the words I was reading. The youthful fear I felt about the treacherous Israel Hands, the frustration at Squire Trelawney’s big mouth, and others all ca
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This be a fair tale o’ the seas and a right good venture into the West to fetch old Flint’s gold.

The Scot writes o’ good master Jim Hawkins and his trip with old Livesy and Smollett, and too of Squire Trelawney who proves an able shot. And of course there’s me self John Silver, known as “Long” by my height though I was laid low by the old saw bones, taking my leg and leaving me with this crutch, an albatross around me neck as it were – but better than a hangman’s knot I’ll wager!

I’ll be sounding six bells and blowin’
Shiver me timbers! I've been saving this book for Fiji, and here I now am and what better place to read Treasure Island than on a island in the Pacific.

I am always moaning that classics are over descriptive and wordy, not this one, which was a bit of a shame as I was looking forward to being able to envision the island in my head but that wasn't the case. This is an action lead plot so the surroundings dont get a lot of air play at all.

I had no idea what this book was going to be li
Long ago I was chatting with a colleague and put it to him that we could send out to all the people who had particularly annoyed us at work an envelope containing a single sheet of paper, entirely blank, save for a large black spot. My colleague, despite his unnecessary youthfulness, was sagacious beyond his years, and pointed out that most of the people who had really got our goats had probably never read Treasure Island. Acquainted as we were with their varying degrees of semi-literacy I had to conce ...more
“Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest—
Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest—
Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”

With this shanty ringing in the air begins the best pirate adventure.
Follow young Jim Hawkins from his home in the Admiral Benbow Inn on the English coast, through the deep seas of the Atlantic, to Treasure Island. Late in the voyage he discovers that most of the ship's crew are pirates with the worst one of all (Long John Silver) appearing to be his close friend.

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Luís C.
The first time I read Treasure Island I was 11 or 12 and although it is a challenge for a child whose literary excursions were largely confined to the Famous Five, from Enid Blyton. I loved every page. There is adventure, violence (hilly), boats, good and bad guys, maps, a treasure and, best of all, pirates! At that age there is something profoundly evocative in words like pirate, ambush, musket and so forth and I have remembered Jim's adventures with great pleasure over the years.
In a fit of nostalgia
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Treasure Island was a swash-buckling adventure where the stakes were high and the Gentlemen of Fortune weren't so gentle when seeking their fortune. I absolutely loved this book. Having never read it before, I picked it up because it looked to be a quick read, and I had books on route to my house and not much time before they got here, I thought I'd get another quick read off my list of classics. Immediately upon reading I wanted to get on a boat and search for buried treasure, but settled for p ...more
I wonder how I missed reading this book when I was a child. The adventure of Jim Hawkins and his friends, the treasure hunt and pirates would have been alluring to my young mind. No matter, I'm happy that I read it at last.

The book really surprised me. I expected a complete children's classic. But this is not so. It has mature substance. There is treachery, mutiny, murder which serves a mature audience while there is also adventure and heroism which pleases both young and adult audiences.

Jim H
Paul Bryant
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
In one of Manny's 1,682 reviews - no, I can't remember which one** - he says that it must have been incredibly exciting being an avid reader of modern novels in the 1880s and 1890s. Not only were they churning out great classics at a rate of knots, they were inventing whole genres - Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Picture of Dorian Gray, HG Wells - and Treasure Island is one of those, a novel which invented a whole a-harr talk like a pirate genre. Stevenson's prose is quite magical, he absolutely convinced ...more
Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨


When you encounter a haggard and bedraggled fellow in the middle of an uninhabited island that you have sailed to to find treasure, and the fellow in question claims that he is rich, you could undoubtedly decide that you have succeeded in your mission. Claim the prize. Flee the scene. End of the story.

Alas, that is not how Robert Louis Stevenson env
Raúl Omar
Last year I read Kidnapped and I was truly amazed by the fact that I ignored the existence of such a good novel, so I decided that I definitively have to read more Stevenson. Treasure Island was the second novel I ever read. Then I was too young and I realized I didn’t remember neither the plot nor the characters nor anything. Truth be told I remember it was a novel about a treasure in a desert island and someone (a pirate?) called John Silver. Even though I had completely forgotten what Treasure Island ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

“Fifteen men on the dead man's chest—Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”

3.5 stars

This book started many well-known sayings, nods and tributes towards pirates and the sea life - the love pirates have of rum, Long John Silver, treasure maps with the X marking the spot, the bird on the shoulder of the pirate, some of the all had to start somewhere, and apparently Treasure Island hit the spot.

It's filled with well-rounded, enjoyable characters - Jim as the main, a mere child, wa
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Never trust a pirate.

I really love pirates… even though I try to ignore the fact that they’re dirty, rapists, murderers, alcoholics, thieves… aaah many bad things but still, I like the concept so here I am reading this book. Since it’s summer I tend to go towards these stories. One of my wishes is to become a pirate for a determinate amount of time. I’d love to sail away for a while with Jack Sparrow… I know, who doesn’t love Jack Sparrow? *daydreams*

After reading… and reading… and reading some more I decided that this
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Treasure Island is one of those stories that is so famous you already know it prior to reading the book.

It’s the tale of teenage Jim Hawkins who discovers a treasure map and sets sail as a cabin boy along with Long John Silver and the rest of the crew as they embark on their quest for treasure.

The book is predominantly narrated by the teen which is the perfect entry point for younger readers.
I liked that the story was split over five parts, a great way to dip in and
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been decades since I last read this treasured classic (see what I did there? :P ) and thought it would be perfect summer reading. I devoured it in 2 sittings. Stevenson pulls you into the journey and for those few hours magically transports you back in time to the swashbuckling decks of the Hispaniola. But thats not all. By telling the adventure through the eyes of young Jim, you also get that wonderful feeling that usually escapes us adults, that life is an adventure and anything is possib ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Aug 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books; 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
My first time to read this book. The reason why I read this book now is that my favorite author, Frank McCourt mentioned in his memoir Teacher Man that Robert Louis Stevenson was his favorite author when he was a young boy in Ireland. When he moved to New York and during the first year of schooling, he submitted Treasure Island as his home-reading book and his literature teacher was impressed because his American classmates submitted books of contemporary (now forgotten) authors. After reading this book, ...more
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it

This classic adventure story begins with an unpleasant guest at the Admiral Benbow Inn who the young and courageous Jim Hawkins overhears telling dreadful stories of hangings....walking the plank....storms at sea, and an evil place called Skeleton Island.

But lo and behold....when you meet the mutinous crew of the Hispaniola and Long John Silver himself with his two hundred year old feathery sidekick Dr. Flint screeching...."Pieces of Eight!" the endangerment capturscreeching...."PiecesIsland.


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Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of English literature. He was greatly admired by many authors, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling and Vladimir Nabokov.

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