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"For sheer storytelling delight and pure adventure, Treasure Island has never been surpassed. From the moment young Jim Hawkins first encounters the sinister Blind Pew at the Admiral Benbow Inn until the climactic battle for treasure on a tropic isle, the nevel creates scenes and characters that have firetd the imaginations of generations of readers. Written by a superb pr ...more
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published September 15th 2001 by Kingfisher (first published January 28th 1882)
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Mohammad Mansoor I read the book when I was probably 9, and I was gripped from the first page. And I didn't read it once, I read it over and over just for the sheer…moreI read the book when I was probably 9, and I was gripped from the first page. And I didn't read it once, I read it over and over just for the sheer joy of it. I couldn't have a meal without reading this book at the same time. I think why I found it easier to read was because there were no instant dictionary lookups in paper books, and using the Oxford dictionary was too cumbersome... so I just assumed the meanings of the words I didn't understand and kept going. This didn't break the flow of the story and that's the most important thing when you're reading fiction that flows as well as Treasure Island does.(less)
Richa I have. It isn't that long. It is very gripping too.
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Bookdragon Sean
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
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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 when my father kept the Admiral Benbow inn and the brown old seaman with the sabre cut first took up his lodging
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Alejandro
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
YO-HO-HO AND A BOTTLE OF RUM!!!

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 of that versio
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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
Fabian
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three items worthy of note in R. L. 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 escapes; strangers
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unknown
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
Shovelmonkey1
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Nayra.Hassan
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
كنوز مفقودة
حملات متحمسة
📜خريطة غامضة تظهر في إحدى الحانات لتظهر للنور جزيرة كنز القبطان فلينت ..مفردات برع ستيفنسون مع ابنه الصبي في غرسها في وجداننا من خلال: الطباخ البحري ،قصة للاولاد..او جزيرة الكنز و التي أتذكرها انا دائما ♡ بجيم مع بيمبو في رحلة مثيرة ..

💫بالنسبة الصبي جيم يكون الكنز في الرحلة كالعادة لينضج خلالها و يتحول من صبي في سن14
لشاب شجاع كريم النفس
🌊و لكن يبقى لونج جون سيلفر كمفاجاة الرواية بتناقضاته..التي تتجاوز بمراحل الشخصيات الأحادية المنتشرة في قصص الأولاد..فيحيرنا ..بشره و خيره
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Island is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, narrating a tale of "buccaneers and buried gold". Its influence is enormous on popular perceptions of pirates, including such elements as treasure maps marked with an "X", schooners, the Black Spot, tropical islands, and one-legged seamen bearing parrots on their shoulders.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: یکی از روزهای سال 1973 میلادی
عنوان: جزیره گنج؛ نویسنده: رابرت لوئیس (لوئیز) استیونسون
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William2
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 “'Yo ...more
James
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book Review
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
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Jason Koivu
Nov 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction
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.
فهد الفهد
جزيرة الكنز

كان بورخيس يعد ستيفنسون أحد كتابه المفضلين، وروبرت لويس ستيفنسون هو صاحب الروايتين المشهورتين جدا ً (جزيرة الكنز) و(الحالة الغريبة للدكتور جيكل والمستر هايد)، الرواية الأولى مشهورة جدا ً عربيا ً، ويعود ذلك إلى أن الرواية حولت على يد المخرج الياباني (أوسامو ديزاكي) إلى مسلسل رسومي مبهر بعنوان (Takarajima)، دبلج هذا المسلسل إلى اللغة العربية وعرض في الثمانينات، وكان أحد أجمل المسلسلات التي تابعتها في طفولتي، وأظن أنه أثر وأمتع جيل كامل قبل أن تفقد الأفلام الرسومية القصة والإنسان، وتصبح
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Cait • A Page with a View
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
Honestly... I only read this so I could appreciate Disney's Treasure Planet even more. I'm not sure I would've liked this book quite as much without that reference point, but it was fun to see the connections! I was mostly picturing these characters, though:

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 no
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Evgeny
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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Jan-Maat
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 t ...more
midnightfaerie
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Fernando
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Nuevamente, y por la naturaleza de este libro que leí, decidí “embarcarme” en una novela de aventuras. Luego de leer “Robur, el Conquistador” de Julio Verne, uno de mis ídolos literarios de la niñez, necesitaba releer éste, algo que yo había hecho hace treinta años atrás y por eso decidí comprar la edición de Penguin Clásicos. Muchas veces me sucede que ciertas novelas de argumento complicado o desenlace trágico me saturan y me es necesario alivianar un poco la carga, despejándome con una que me ...more
Mayar Hassan
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it
ليست من الروايات التي تحمل قيمة فنية أو أدبية عالية
لكنها تحمل الكثير من المتعة و التشويق بين طياتها، و هو المطلوب أحياناً
Magrat Ajostiernos
Una de mis novelas preferidas porque está endiabladamente bien escrita, porque no puedes parar de leer, porque es pura aventura y por supuesto, por John Silver
Sarah Rashwan
الحديث عن القراصنة و الكنوز المفقودة لا ينتهي، و طالما شكل هوساً لدي العديد من الأدباء و الكتاب
تلك المرة نحن أمام أشهر قصص القراصنة التى كتبها روبرت لويس ستيفنسون بالمصادفة بينما كان يحاول تسلية ابن زوجته باختراع جزيرة خيالية تحوى كنزاً هاماً لا سبيل للوصل إليه سوى عن طريقة خريطة و علامات أرشادية، و على الصبي الأجتهاد للوصول إلى ذلك الكنز. بل أن الرواية نفسها نشرت في البداية على هيئات حلقات في مجلة أطفال قبل أن يعيد ستيفنسون كتابتها لتخلد أسمه في عالم أدب المغامرات
الرواية رائعة بالطبع و حافلة با
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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 conv ...more
Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨
★★★★★★★★☆☆[8/10]

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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 envisaged the ending. At this point, you have more than two thirds of the book to finish. Yet you carry on as if you haven't a clue abo
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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 songs...it 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, was easy to en
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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 Treasur ...more
Lyn
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
AAAARGH!

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
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Arybo ✨
3.75

Un libro da leggere con gli occhi dei ragazzi, quei ragazzi che riescono ancora a sognare e a credere nel bene, pieni di voglia di fare e desiderosi d’avventura. È un libro di intrattenimento e di svago, un ottimo mezzo per staccare la spina e intraprendere un viaggio per mare.

Stevenson ha la rara capacità di riuscire a trasmettere la salinità del mare con due parole di descrizione, riesce al inquadrare un personaggio dandone una rappresentazione veloce, uno schizzo, che trasmette tutta la m
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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 t ...more
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
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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.

Most modernist writers dismissed him, however, because he was popular and did not write within their narrow definition of literature. It is onl
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“Sir, with no intention to take offence, I deny your right to put words into my mouth.” 167 likes
“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!” 107 likes
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