- Published: 1981
- Number of pages: 273 pages
- Format: Epub
- File Size: 0.18 MB
- Authors: Robert Louis Stevenson
While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads to a pirate fortune as well as great danger.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was a novelist, poet, short-story writer, and essayist. In 1883, while bedridden with tuberculosis, he wrote what would become one of the best known and most beloved collections of children’s poetry in the English language, A Child’s Garden of Verses. Block City is taken from that collection. Stevenson is also the author of such classics as Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.N. C. Wyeth (1882-1945) began his artistic career as a young adult. Born in Needham, Massachusetts, Wyeth traveled the American West extensively and drew what he saw. His prolific career includes three thousand works and more than one hundred book illustrations, including those for a majority of the Scribner Illustrated Classics series.
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⭐ I don’t know how this thing was digitized but it doesn’t make any sense as you read it. I bought this thinking it was a cheap version of Treasure Island and I would save a couple of bucks but I had to buy the penguin classic anyway because this is not an accurate copy of the book. For example; in the first pages it mentions a “sword reduce” ??? In the real version I saw that this is a “sword cut”. “Sixteen men on the dead man’s chest” from the original, came out as “sixteen men on a no longer living man’s chest” I don’t know how anyone could offer a book like this for sale, please don’t waste your money like I did.
⭐ This is a defective version. It reads like a computer translation from a different language. It has “the brown old seaman with the saber reduce” instead of the original “the brown old seaman with the saber cut,” and”I consider him as if it had been the day past,” where the original says, “I remember him as if it had been yesterday.” Almost every sentence has phrases that hardly make sense. This should be removed from Amazon.
⭐ This is abridged, I’d rather read the original, with translations like joules verne not reading the original is fine, but I’d like to know which translation, because some of them are notoriously bad.
⭐ it kept me wanting to read and see what happened so it was good but it was like a story told by a child. as children do it focused on the fun and dramatic without much towards structure, continuity, or clarity. there were small irritations like unnecessarily roundabout ways of saying things or adding unnecessary, or leaving out helpful, explanations. there were also bigger issues like being so confusing it became necessary to me to skip whole pages to get back to something coherent and the characters changing personalities to move the plot (i don’t mean being two-faced, i mean like an excellent liar suddenly being a bad liar). Also it is of course an old book and certain things wouldn’t, shouldn’t, be said now. Lastly, i wanna say jim is neither clever nor manly, whatever the characters might say, he is only stupidly LUCKY. The book has something on nearly every page happen by extraordinary luck and I get the feeling if Jim had merely sat himself on his butt for the duration of the tale it still would have happened.P.s. Disney did it better, i really wanna watch Treasure Planet now.
⭐ Although I’m not lacking for reading material I decided that it’s important to read some of the ‘classics’ of literature to see how they stack up for the modern reader. Much of Robert Louis Stevenson’s *Treasure Island* has become standard pirate lore in modern media. They way we think of a pirate – how they talk, what they sing (“Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum”), how they behave, maps with treasure marked by an ‘X’ – comes almost exclusively, still, from this book.Young boy Jim Hawkins encounters a man, old Billy Bones, at the Admiral Benbow Inn in England. Billy Bones tells young Hawkins to keep an eye out for a one-legged scoundrel (Long John Silver). With that moment, Hawkins is pulled into a dangerous adventure.Bones is attacked by former shipmates and dies (of a stroke) a short time later. The shipmates attack the lodge, but Hawkins and his mother have already taken the pirate’s map from Bones’ belongings and made their escape from the inn. Jim shares the map with some local respectable men, who decide to seek this treasure and take Jim on as a cabin boy.On the island where the treasure should be buried, Jim encounters Ben Gunn, a former shipmate of the dreaded pirate who buried the treasure they now seek. Jim navigates the rough world of the pirate life while trying to remain a good, solid young man despite Silver’s taking him under his wing. And when the treasure chest is found and the chest is empty, Jim, and Silver, face a mutinous crew ready to kill the leader and his protected boy.So often we find literature from this era to be a bit dry and difficult to read due to our changes in reading habits and styles of writing, but this book holds up incredibly well. It moves along swiftly and is quite exciting to read. This can still be considered a page-turner as we can’t wait to find out what happens next to Jim along his journey.This is definitely highly recommended.Looking for a good book? If you think you can’t read that ‘old stuff’ because it’s slow reading, then pick up this classic, *Treasure Island* by Robert Louis Stevenson, and be brought into an exciting adventure story.
⭐ Believe it or not, I am 59 years old & had never read Treasure Island before. What an enjoyable book, made even more enjoyable by the wonderful narration!All of the sayings & characters that I have heard for years finally come together in this book. Long John Silver & his parrot, “Yo Ho Ho & a bottle of Rum”, 15 men on a dead man’s chest…..the list goes on & one. I don’t know why I waited so long to read it.I don’t know anything about sailing or a lot of the sailing terms that were used in the book, but it really doesn’t matter. What matters is the descriptions of the characters, the trip, the adventure, the treasure. There was enough backstabbing, adventure, piracy and the like to entertain all, no matter their age.The narrator does a great job, but it does take some getting used to his very English accent. However, the accents that are used are what makes the book so much fun to listen to! I was given an Audible version of this book by the narrator/publisher & chose to review it.
⭐ Stevenson without a doubt is a great writer. I cannot only but praise the development of his arguments, the memorable lines, and the richness of his imagination. I had some difficulty following some terms but fortunately there was the built-in dictionary. The only aspect in his writing is about the life of their characters. I feel similar to what I feel seeing theater, rather than seeing people I am quite aware to see actors performing a play; in this case I am aware to be reading figments of Stevenson’s imagination and for most of the book I did not get immerse into another world. The few parts I recall I got to immerse were in that classic scene of Jim (the daredevil teen whom is the main character in the hunt of the pirates’ treasure) inside the apple barrel, when he is not sure if he was about to doze or if he actually did, those ambiguities I think give life to characters; other scene is when Jim sees a replacement of him to help his mother; or when a blind pirate curses the money his accomplices found.It can look like I did not like the book but far from it. It has for moments a specialized language but when kid I loved that books for children would not infantilize the language, also is great that something natural as death is not hidden. Books meant for children should be this way. This is a great book that for moments gets to be a new and exciting world of pirates, betrayal and loyalty, treasures and mysterious seas; all of it with the presence of one-legged man and his parrot. If you have seen exciting movies about pirates (even space pirates :D) you have seen then spiritual sons of this book.About the AmazonClassics Edition it is a very good edition. It has the always useful X-Ray and I did not notice any error. The formatting is professional and the typography modern.
⭐ Got this to spend time reading with my kids rather then just watching tv. Spent a couple weeks reading after dinner, 1 hour most nights, to expose them to the classics. When we finished reading, we watched the movie! Now that we are done, the hard part will be choosing the next book.
⭐ Divide my 1 star rating by 10 to get a more accurate review. This e-book is written as though Treasure Island was not originally written in English and had to be translated, possibly through multiple languages: Chinese to Swahili to Russian to Welsh to English. It was very difficult to read and understand the story, which I had never before read. Words were misused or thrown in for some reason. “Changed” is added out of context numerous times, so provides no meaning or benefit. Long John Silver was hired as the cook, but the word cook was not used. Instead, the term was “prepare dinner”. LJS was labeled the “sea prepare dinner”. These goofy bits were, however, not the worst, since about 1/3 of the novel was not even included. Chapters 11 through 19 don’t exist in this POS. I could have paid less for a different e-book, but decided to pay a little more with the hope that it would be slightly better than the cheap ones. I ended up buying a paperback copy at the thrift store so I could read the story. Shame on the publisher and Amazon! How about a refund?
⭐ “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson is a solid gold classic about 140 years old. This pirate story is one book that many of us were exposed to in our childhood,For me, I don’t remember reading the book although I had a great comic book about it, watched a movie about the story and there were cartoon shows.The characters are very interesting and memorable. We might remember the evil Captain Flint, John Silver with his peg leg, and parrot. Also minor characters likeBilly Bones, Black Dog, Pew and Israel Hands—all great names.It is a great novel that keeps its fast pace throughout. Lots of action flows from the beginning like mutiny and cruel punishments.Stevenson crafts his story with colorful details like peg legs, parrots, grubby dress and vivid settings. This book set the path for all the pirate stories thereafter.The amazing “Treasure Island” which is the longest-living pirate adventure story seems fresh still.I highly recommend
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