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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  402,298 ratings  ·  11,751 reviews
"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 novel creates scenes and characters that have fired the imaginations of generations of readers. Written by a superb pro ...more
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published September 15th 2001 by Kingfisher (first published 1879)
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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 jo…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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Sean Barrs
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
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 escapes; strangers appear
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My absolute favourite adventure story of them all. You have the Admiral Benbow, a little boy named Jim Hawkins, "Captain" Billy Bones, a cruffy old pirate, an incredible eerie pre-story (black spot), a treasure hunt, the ghost of Flint (Peter Gunn), the fight with Israel Hands and of course the one-legged villain Long John Silver. So many fine characters and an absolutely compelling plot. I've watched all the movies and series about Treasure Island as a kid and still like that classic at my age. ...more
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
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it

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
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
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.

An old sailor named Billy Bones comes to lodge in the rural Admiral Benbow Inn on the West English coast.
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
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 was spot on!

I can describe this
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
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
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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 rea
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
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.
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
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“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 clos
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
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 like other tha
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
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
I wonder how I missed reading this book when I was a child. The adventures 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 story. But this is not so. It has a mature substance. There is treachery, mutiny, and murder to please the mature audience while there are adventure and heroism to please both young and adult audiences.

Jim Hawk
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
Brett C
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert Louis Stevenson has become one of my favorite authors. The past few months I have reread "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and "Kidnapped". I read these as a kid (the Great Illustrated Classics versions to be exact). They were good then but even better now as an adult.

"Treasure Island" is a simple story and the plot is not complicated. The imagery, the dialogue, and the interaction of the characters make a classic story. The story moves quickly and there's never a dull moment. I would definitely
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
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 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
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
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, was easy to en
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 out of the story over multipl
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
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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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