Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island.jpgWhat is there to be said about this book? If there is a stereotype of pirates and pirate adventures it probably came from this book. As is the case with most of these kinds of things the original is the best.

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Treasure Island as an adventure for boys and it has stood the test of time better than many other books. It holds up pretty well. Jim Hawkins sets sail to seek for Treasure Island following a map left to him by a dying patron in his mother’s inn. What follows is an adventure of betrayals, pirates, murders, thefts and scheming.

Long John Silver is the probably the most charismatic and lovable murderous pirate that ever existed on page and Jim Hawkins takes to him right away before discovering his treachery.

If you come across one of the abridged versions of this book don’t bother with it. The abridgments are all terrible as far as I can tell. The original is not very long and it’s worth the read.

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