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September 19, 2011 / Tracey

Review: Treasure Island | Robert Louis Stevenson

Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day and the perfect opportunity to review Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.  

The narrator and young hero of the book, Jim Hawkins is a very likeable character and I can definitely understand why this book was so popular with boys; who wouldn’t want to be young Jim?

It was interesting to finally meet the characters of Captain Flint and Long John Silver and I enjoyed the pirate dialogue by thunder!

I was somewhat surprised to find the plot a little more layered than I expected, being written for young boys.  I can definitely imagine a young reader enjoying the adventure the first time through, but discovering and understanding more about the nature of men on the second read, perhaps several years later.

I confess I feel a little late to the party – only reading Treasure Island in my 30s – but it’s never too late to catch up on a classic.  Having read it now, I can’t rightly say what makes Treasure Island a classic though, or why it has endured.  It was first published in 1883, but is still popular today.  What are your thoughts?

My rating = ***

That’s my four bucks!


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