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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 Prose Stylist, A Master Of Both Action And Atmosphere, The Story Centers Upon The Conflict Between Good And Evil But In This Case A Particularly Engaging Form Of Evil It Is The Villainy Of That Most Ambiguous Rogue Long John Silver That Sets The Tempo Of This Tale Of Treachery, Greed, And Daring Designed To Forever Kindle A Dream Of High Romance And Distant Horizons, Treasure Island Is, In The Words Of G K Chesterton, The Realization Of An Ideal, That Which Is Promised In Its Provocative And Beckoning Map A Vision Not Only Of White Skeletons But Also Green Palm Trees And Sapphire Seas G S Fraser Terms It An Utterly Original Book And Goes On To Write There Will Always Be A Place For Stories Like Treasure Island That Can Keep Boys And Old Men Happy Book Review4 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 Pan recently and felt a kismet connection of sorts between them From the adventures to the bonds, to the test of good versus evil, the book had so many wonderful moments And since then, I ve sampled many different iterations, from movies to other books with pirate stories, all the way to Once Upon a Times interpretation It s truly a remarkable story that helps young adults figure out how to approach a world full of fears, hopes and questions And to think it s a pirate and a cook who help you to figure some of it out But it s There s bonding And team work And treasure hunting And challenges And mystery All culminating in reaching one s goals in ways you didn t necessarily expectAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by. 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 John Silver all I can see is Kermit fighting Tim Curry Therefore, I just can t take this book seriously Well, at least not completely The Muppet Treasure Island is such a great film it s hilarious This book was much serious The pirates in here aren t singing toys they re hardened criminals that created the pirate stereotype They re the sort of men you don t want on your ship because they d likely cut your throat in your sleep They might wake you up first if they re feeling kind So, they wouldn t try and gain your trust by singing you a jolly song about piracy, like Tim and his muppet mates would But, muppet based comparison aside, this is a good novel I did quite enjoy it It all begins when the young Jim Hawkins comes across a map for buried treasure, except he hasn t got any money to fund the voyage He Gonzo and Rizzo goes alone and seeks the help of Fozzie Bear Squire Trelawney As a member of the Victorian gentry, he takes the map for himself with the intention of filling his own coffers with the loot He s not a very nice bear guy, and he s not overly intelligent either In his frugality he accidently hires a group of twisted muppets pirates that, unsurprisingly, mutiny against him This all sounds terrible, I know But, it s not all bad because the ship s captain is none other than Kermit the Frog Captain Smollett who is absolutely in love with Miss Piggy no one Indeed, Smollett is in direct contrast to the money driven Fozzie Trelawney because he is everything he is not he is brave and honourable he is completely true to his word He is competing, unknowingly, for the attention of Jim The young boy is looking for a farther figure, and in Silver and Smollett he sees two potential role models, and two potential life choices It all works out in the end though because this is a muppet movie adventure book after all In all seriousness, it is an exciting book But, for me, that s all it is There are no hidden motives or dark secrets Everything is straight forward, clean cut and simple It is a nice easy read Stevenson s masterpiece is most definitelyThe Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde. That s where the real mystery is at But, it doesn t have muppets.. 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 under our roof Perfect incipit for an adventure novel, able to introduce the whole story in a few lines and, at the same time, generate in the reader that tantalizing curiosity that invites you to read quickly the pages, thinking let s settle down, you re going to see some things.However, I confess that for me the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, reread years later this time is a bedtime reading for my daughter , has lost part of its appeal Nevertheless, my daughter appreciated it, probably it s a novel that best suits the tastes of children and young people In fact, Stevenson has never hidden that the inspiration to the novel came frome his adopted son, Lloyd, with whom in a rainy afternoon drew an island for fun, fantasizing with him on the places about the places map and on future characters The novel that was taking shape for the 12 year olds boy s amusement changed in a really fun adventure Well, then let s all sing it togetherFifteen men on a dead man s chestYo ho ho and a bottle of rum Vote 7,5 Sollecitato dal conte Trelawney, dal dottor Livesey e dal resto della brigata di scrivere la storia della nostra avventura all Isola del Tesoro, con tutti i suoi particolari, nessun escluso, salvo la posizione dell isola e ci perch una parte del tesoro ci ancora nascosta, io prendo la penna nell anno di grazia 17 e mi rifaccio al tempo in cui mio padre teneva la locanda dell Ammiraglio Benbow e il vecchio uomo di mare dal viso sfregiato da un colpo di sciabola prese per la prima volta alloggio presso di noi L incipit di quelli perfetti per un romanzo d avventura, in grado di introdurre in poche righe tutta la vicenda e contemporaneamente generare nel lettore quella stuzzicante curiosit che invoglia a divorare le pagine Per la serie mettetevi a sedere che ora ne vedrete delle belle.Confesso per che per me il romanzo di Robert Louis Stevenson, riletto a distanza di anni lettura serale per mia figlia , ha perso un p del suo fascino Mia figlia ha comunque apprezzato, probabilmente un romanzo che meglio si adatta ai gusti di bambini e ragazzi D altronde Stevenson non ha mai nascosto che l ispirazione per il romanzo gliela ha data il figlio adottivo Lloyd, con il quale in un pomeriggio di pioggia disegn per gioco un isola, fantasticando assieme a lui sui luoghi della mappa e sui futuri personaggi Il racconto che prendeva forma per il divertimento di un ragazzo dodicenne si poi trasformato in una gran bella avventura E allora cantiamo tutti insiemeQuindici uomini sulla cassa del morto,yo ho ho, e una bottiglia di rum Voto 7,5 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 appearing from the mist pirate flags raresome slapstick comedy he fell from his whole height face foremost to the floor 16 good comedic timing the parrot tells everybody The Secret, ruining plans a compass made up entirely of human bones ghosts.2 Jim Hawkins is your typical YA protagonist prototype He s the go between of the two fighting groups, the one who bargains with the villain Long John Silver mmm breaded fish and shrimp and propels the narrative forward He s the center a dreamer while he loses his humility he attains a coming of age wisdom that peaks at the point where he brandishes a pistol for the first time.3 The plot resembles a Hollywood blockbuster There is very little inaction, but when it occurs such as the villain s cliched soliloquy or the factions grunting against their enemies it does decelerate the pace of the story Here is a very substantial urge to make everything explosive and loud Thank you, Mr Stevenson