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The most popular pirate story ever written in English, featuring one of literature’s most beloved “bad guys,” Treasure Island has been happily devoured by several generations of boys—and girls—and grownups. Its unforgettable characters include: young Jim Hawkins, who finds himself owner of a map to Treasure Island, where the fabled pirate booty is buried; honest Captain Sm ...more
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published September 15th 2001 by Kingfisher (first published January 28th 1882)
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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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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 Lafayette  Tivendale
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
3 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 and individual) & double crosses; mutiny, hostages, captures and shocking escapes; strangers appear
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Raghad
هيا يا صديقي . شد الأشرعة و تعال معي في رحلة الى جزيرة الكنز
treasure island

جزيرة الكنز من اروع الأعمال الأدبية التي قرأتها على الأطلاق , وهي على الأغلب اكثر قصة قراصنة مشهورة على الاطلاق . هي قصة خرجت عن النمطية المعتادة
قصة للكاتب الاسكتلندي روبرت لويس ستيفنسون . نشرت عام 1883 ونشرت كحلقات للأطفال ايضًا

ستجد نفسك لا شعوريًا منغمس مع الفتى جيم هوكنز ومغامرته
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تلك المغامرة التي نالت اعجاب اطفال "زمن الطيبين" قديمًا و يمكنني القول انها ستعجب اطفال وافراد هذا الزمن !

تروى القصة على لسان جيم هوكنز , حين كان في ال15
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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
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.
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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فهد الفهد
Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-british
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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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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: یکی از روزهای سال 1973 میلادی
عنوان: جزیره گنج؛ نویسنده: رابرت لوئیس (لوئیز) استیونسون (استیونسن)؛ مترجم: هاجر تربیت؛ تهران، بنگاه ترجمه، چاپ دوم 1343، در 278 ص؛
مترجم: اردشیر نیکپور؛ تهران، گوتنبرگ، چاپ دوم 1351، در 364 ص؛ موضوع: داستان کودکان از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 19 م
مترجمهای دیگر: حسین دستوم؛ یوسف فرخ؛ عباس کرمی فر؛ پرویز نجم الدینی؛ محسن سلیمانی؛ امیرمهدی مراد حاصل؛ صفورا کلهر؛ احمد کسایی پور؛ سپهر شهلایی؛ علی اکبری؛ علیرضا نعمتی
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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
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
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
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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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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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
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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Nayra.Hassan
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Lynx
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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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Carol
"FIFTEEN MEN ON THE DEAD MAN'S CHEST----YO HO HO, AND A BOTTLE OF RUM!"(Robert Louis Stevenson)

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

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Jason Pettus
Oct 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

The CCLaP 100: In which I read for the first time a hundred so-called "classics," then write essays on whether or not they deserve the label

Essay #32: Treasure Island (1883), by Robert Louis Stevenson

The story in a nutshell:
Inspired by a doodle from his step-son and originally written as a rainy-day
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Jim
This was a hoot to listen to as an audio book & very well narrated by Neil Hunt. This is the mother of every pirate story I've ever read or seen, I think. The language was incomprehensible at times, on purpose, as even Jim Hawkins wasn't sure he always got the right of it. If I ever hear "15 men on a dead man's chest" again, I'll scream.
;)

The characters were great, of course. Long John Silver is quite the rogue & Jim is the boy we all wish we were. Somehow our extraneous adventures never
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J.G. Keely
There are a lot of Sea Stories out there, and this is one of the better-known, but it hardly outshines its genre. I found myself missing the humor and vivid characterization of Conrad, not to mention the insightful philosophical asides. I also found it somewhat lacking as an adventure story, as the plot was somewhat simplistic and contrived, following the empty avatar of a narrator through various vicarious thrills.

There's nothing wrong with an escapist yarn, but a good one keeps you riveted wi
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Nikoleta
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, classics
Λατρεύω τις ιστορίες με πειρατές. Το νησί του θησαυρού όμως είναι η καλύτερη από όλες όσες έχω διαβάσει. Καθαρόαιμη πειρατική περιπέτεια!
Δράση, αγωνία, κατάλληλη ατμόσφαιρα και ενδιαφέροντες χαρακτήρες. Πολύ καλό, κατάλληλο να διαβαστεί και από ενήλικες και ανηλίκους.
Αυτά τα ολίγα!
Liz
May 29, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked the Treasure Island, but if I had read it when I was younger I would have LOVED it. Whilst I was reading this book, all I could think of was One Eyed Willy and his 'rich stuff' and of course, THE TRUFFLE SHUFFLE!!

I didn't realise the movie Goonies was so heavily influenced by Treasure Island....I loved that movie. The adventure, the danger, the pirates, the rich stuff, Chunk.....it was brilliant.

Reading this book made me want to; pull out Goonies and watch it again, travel on a boat to a
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Nandakishore Varma
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literature, adventure
"Fifteen men on a 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!"

"Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight!"


I came to first of Treasure Island from a Mickey Mouse story, with Mickey in the role of Jim Hawkins, Captain Hook in the role of Long John Silver, Gyro Gearloose in the role of the doctor and Goofy in the role of Ben Gunn. At that time, I never knew this novel existed! Later on, after I had read the original and loved it, I ha
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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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