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Stevenson quasi per gioco scrisse il suo primo romanzo L'isola del tesoro, con cui raggiunse il successo tanto grande quanto inaspettato. In questo libro lo scrittore rinnovò radicalmente la tradizione del romanzo d'avventura, grazie all'originalità stilistica e all'interesse psicologico....

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ISBN : 9788804527954
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Number of Pages : 266 Pages
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L'Isola del Tesoro Reviews

  • Bookdragon Sean
    2019-02-06 16:56

    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 more 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. HeGonzo and Rizzo goes alone and seeks the help ofFozzie BearSquire 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 nicebearguy, and he’s not overly intelligent either. In his frugality he accidently hires a group of twistedmuppetspirates 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 thanKermit the FrogCaptain Smollett who is absolutely in love withMiss Piggyno one. Indeed, Smollett is in direct contrast to the money drivenFozzieTrelawney 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 amuppet 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…..

  • Alejandro
    2019-01-20 19:52

    YO-HO-HO AND A BOTTLE OF RUM!!!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 version by Disney and the current Starz channel prequel TV series "Black Sails". Just to mention the ones that I have watched but there are a lot of more adaptations.While the topic of pirates is a popular one, I think that there aren't much novels about it. At least not examples really worthy of reading them. Obviously there are some here and there, but taking in account how much options one has in other topics in literature, pirates has been a concept seldom touched with success.However, this novel was able to keep on the mind of everybody the storytelling appeal of the topic of pirates inspiring successes on other media such as Japanese anime "Captain Harlock" and live actions films of "Pirates of the Caribbean".For all that and its own merit, Treasure Island keeps retaining the crown as the best novel about pirates. Characters like Jim Hawkins, Billy Bones, Ben Gunn, Captain Smollett and of course, Long John Silver have become iconic in the universe of literature. Even they have been so admired that other authors couldn't resist to makes homages/mentions of them on their own novels, such examples like on Peter Pan.Its appealing is obvious depending the readers, many young ones can't resist to be amazed by Jim Hawkins who is 14 years old but he is able to keep up in the middle of adult characters and even being a key character in the success of the adventure.To readers and writers of all ages, certainly the character of Long John Silver stands out as one of the best developed characters in the history of literature becoming a model to many following similar ones. He is able to do ruthless things but he has a code, he has limits, and not matter that he is not a nice person, there are things that he never will do and for that, he is a complicated and truly interesting character to read about.Not matter how was on real life, Robert Louis Stevenson, the author, was able to show a romantic picture of pirates' world with now iconic elements like islands with treasures, maps with "x"'s, fearful papers with a black spot, peglegs, eye patches, parrots on shoulders, but above all, he had no doubt to show how dangerous and murderous can be real pirates.

  • Fabian
    2019-02-08 21:52

    Three items worthy of note in R. L. 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 everyone 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!

  • James LafayetteTivendale
    2019-02-16 20:11

    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 the first time without being hindered with prior knowledge of the narrative, the characters, the pace and the plot twists.So the story goes something like this. An alcoholic ex-pirate Captain spends his days in a local bar drinking himself to death whilst singing jolly pirate songs. "Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum" etc... He, unfortunately, passes away and leaves a chest which contains a secret map amongst other treasures. The map is highly sought after by all the wrong people. Our 1st person perspective young superstar Jim Hawkin's finds the map and speaks to his friends Dr. Livesey and a squire, Mr. Trelawney and they decide to venture to this mystical treasure island to hunt for said treasure. Leaving from Bristol, they gather a ships worth of pirates and hands. Experienced in their own ways but none more so than pleasant, pub-owning ship's cook Long John Silver. So off they go on this adventure. They get the treasure and go home and live happily ever after. But, that obviously didn't happen because that would not make a legendary story. The main protagonist, Jim is a great character. This is typically seen as a children's book (although some of the sea and pirate terminology is quite specific and complex) and having the first person perspective shown from the view of a young kid adds to the remarkableness of the story. The fact Jim is a young man who performs extraordinary deeds, often going against the odds on the Hispaniola (the trusty vessel that takes them to treasure island) or the island itself amongst hardened sea-faring men means we really have his back and support his deeds throughout the tale. We feel close to him because of how well Stevenson writes this character. Every time the plot progresses, it is because of an amazing deed that Jim has done, often on his own back without the consultation of the most senior members of the group. We route for him every second of the way because he is us. Things don't work out smoothly when they get to the Island. A divide occurs. Mutiny some might say. A split is presented so Jim, Dr, Squire and a few trusted men are on one side. Old pirates who were part of Captain Flint's crew rally under who we thought was a nice dude. Long John Silver.He is the most complex character in this short book. Peg legged, parrot on his shoulder "pieces of eight" are some of his characterisations that you will probably see some 12-year-old child imitating this Halloween. You never quite know where you stand with Silver. He starts off seeming good. Jim overhears his plot of mutiny whilst hiding in a barrel. At that point, he is portrayed as purely evil but towards the end, he seems more human and complex. Sticking up for Jim Hawkins when the rest of his sea mates want to kill the poor lad. Other notable characters are Ben Gunn, the Robinson Crusoe-esque marooned island dweller and Dr. Livesey. It is ingeniously written that in such a short book we can care about so many of the players and their complexity is unrivaled. There are lots of cool scenes. Shootouts on the Island between the two factions. Jim vs. Israel Hands. Meeting Ben Gunn and when Jim goes back to the safe haven of the wooden castle expecting to regroup with his friends but alas... it is not to be. I will end this review with a few pirate clichés that frequent Treasure Island. "Shiver my timbers" "Shipshape" "Jolly Roger" & "Pieces of Eight" come to mind. I really enjoyed this. So different to Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde that I have previously read by Stevenson. Yet, that makes a good author, being able to flaunt his linguistic skills in various genres making tales such as these which will last forever. Cap'n Tivendale at your

  • Raghad
    2019-02-14 15:45

    هيا يا صديقي . شد الأشرعة و تعال معي في رحلة الى جزيرة الكنز جزيرة الكنز من اروع الأعمال الأدبية التي قرأتها على الأطلاق , وهي على الأغلب اكثر قصة قراصنة مشهورة على الاطلاق . هي قصة خرجت عن النمطية المعتادةقصة للكاتب الاسكتلندي روبرت لويس ستيفنسون . نشرت عام 1883 ونشرت كحلقات للأطفال ايضًاستجد نفسك لا شعوريًا منغمس مع الفتى جيم هوكنز ومغامرته تلك المغامرة التي نالت اعجاب اطفال "زمن الطيبين" قديمًا و يمكنني القول انها ستعجب اطفال وافراد هذا الزمن !تروى القصة على لسان جيم هوكنز , حين كان في ال15 . عندما كان يملك والده نزلا في قرية هادئة قرب البحر .: لم يعلم جيم هوكنز انه سيواجه مغامرة شيقة بسبب الزائر العجوز البحار "بيل "الذي لطالما كان يغني اغنيته المفضلة خمسة عشر رجلا على صندوق الرجل الميتيو-هو-هو وقنينة روم ! يأتي بحار غامض يدعى " الكلب الأسود " ويقابل بيل ولكنهما يتشاجران . ثم يعلم جيم ان القراصنة تلاحق البحار بيل بسبب الصندوق الذي معه والذي يحوي خريطة الكنز . ولكن البحار بيل لم يكن يستطع الذهاب والبحث عن الكنز لأنه توفى في النزل . فيذهب جيم ويفتح صندوقه ليأخذ بعض المال لأنه لم يدفع البحار بيل الأجر وهم في حالة مادية عصيبة ويجد هناك بعض الأوراق فياخذها ويذهب لرؤية بعض اصدقائه ( الدكتور والمالك) . ثم بعدها يقرر الأصدقاء الذهاب في رحلة للبحث عن الكنز بعد العثور على طاقم للسفينة ويكون احدهم يدعى " جون سيلفر " بساق واحدة مما يثير ريبة جيم. وتنطلق السفينة بعدها ليكتشف جيم بعد تنصصه على سيلفر وطاقمه بدون قصد انهم ينوون على تمرد ويريدون قتل الدكتور ومن معهفمن سيحصل على الكنز في النهاية ؟ سيلفر وطاقمه ام جيم واصدقائه؟لن تتخيل كمية المتعة التي ستواجهها عند قرائة : جزيرة الكنزصدقني انك ستحب الشرير " سيلفر" لاإراديًا

  • j
    2019-01-25 22:47

    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 like The Matrix in that way actually)? And then you finally saw the third one on DVD when you were home from the hospital after almost dying of mono,who knew that could happen, but apparently it really messes with your liver, and the movie was so bad you couldn't even stay awake through the literally 45-minute long action sequence that caps it all off, and besides, it makes no sense at all, with everyone betraying everyone else so many times you need a flow chart to follow the plot?I suppose we have RLS and Treasure Island to blame for all that. Because this is the book that established what we think of when we think of pirates, from skull & crossbones banners to peg legs to squawking shoulder-mounted parrots to maps with big red Xs and yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum. It's kind of weird to think about: those concepts are so ingrained in our culture (see: International Talk Like a Pirate Day), and yet they all stem from this rather innocuous adventure story for children.But it is a really great adventure, which is probably why it became so iconic. This book is 130 years old but exhibits none of the mustiness of late Victorian-era fiction (turgid description being the chief offender, which you know if you've tried to slog through Jules Verne, and how in the world do you make submarines and sea monsters boring? Ask Jules). The adventure clips along quite nicely, moving from murder and mayhem on dry land to mutiny and more murder on the sea, and then to a creepy island filled with treasure and other dangers. Long John Silver is a crafty and compelling villain, switching sides more often than Benjamin Linus (hey, speaking of islands). Even though I knew basically where the story was going, it was a fast and engaging read, with a lot of creative sequences of suspense. The only sections that bogged down a bit were the brief but somewhat technical descriptions of the ship, the sails, how the waves turned it this way and that, etc. I don't know starboard from port, and I don't care to, RLS. So get back to the parts with the talking parrot.

  • Shovelmonkey1
    2019-01-20 16:58

    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 do with reading Treasure Island and fantasising about my ideal bespoke treasure island (emeralds growing on trees- I know this is an arboreal unlikelihood but it's my fantasy so back off; lagoons filled with sapphires, gold dubloons in huge heapy piles at the foot of azure blue waterfalls and knuckle sized diamonds to be chipped off the walls of underground caverns). Stevenson's Treasure Island is much less of a Disney-esque fantasy and Jim Hawkins, narrator and salty sea dog in the making, is forced to pit his wits against the wiliest of all pirates, Long John Silver in a race to retrieve the booty. After finding an oil-skin map in a dead mans chest (nice Robert, very nice) Jim sets off to find some trustworthy (or gullible) adults. Jim must be in possession of some serious powers of persuasion because within minutes the good squire and his associates are rustling up a ship (no mean feat when a schooner could set you back £6000 and your chance of surviving the voyage was slim), tightening their buckanneering belts and getting ready to hit the high seas. It turns out the ships cook is more than he seems though and not to be underestimated (I wonder if JF Lawton, the writer of Under Siege was a Treasure Island fan, after all he served up Casey Rybeck, the most underestimated ships cook of all time).Caribbean capers ensue as Long John Silver serves up a melting pot of mendacity in an attempt to get his hand on Captain Flint's treasure. Jim Hawkins proves he's tougher than a soused herring that's been at the bottom of a barrel for a year and successfully repels the Island siege before hoisting the main sail, jibing -ho and heading for Britain. The other pirates are left marooned as a punishment and their skeletons will be unearthed 250 years from the time of telling during the construction of a Sandals adult holiday resort. Personally I think I'd rather be marooned than go to Sandals.

  • Jason Koivu
    2019-02-15 17:43

    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.

  • James
    2019-02-08 20:49

    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 more. 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 expect.About 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.

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2019-01-30 15:56

    Honestly... I only read this so I could appreciate Disney's Treasure Planet even more. I'm not sure I would've liked this book quite as much without that reference point, but it was fun to see the connections! I was mostly picturing these characters, though:

  • Evgeny
    2019-01-31 21:05

    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 to be destroyed by pirates who also want to get the treasure. This is a classic adventure which also happened to have some very well written characters. First and foremost of such is Long John Silver. He is one of the most morally ambiguous characters from the genre. He was famous enough to have a chain of restaurants named after him, among other things. Another brilliant character which comes to mind is half-mad Ben Gunn (is he really?)Strictly speaking this novel rates closer to 4 stars than 5, but I will raise the rating due to respect for the classic and its influence (as the most recent example: Captain Jack Sparrow would not exist without this novel).This review is a copy/paste of my LeafMarks one:

  • فهد الفهد
    2019-02-05 23:11

    جزيرة الكنز كان بورخيس يعد ستيفنسون أحد كتابه المفضلين، وروبرت لويس ستيفنسون هو صاحب الروايتين المشهورتين جدا ً (جزيرة الكنز) و(الحالة الغريبة للدكتور جيكل والمستر هايد)، الرواية الأولى مشهورة جدا ً عربيا ً، ويعود ذلك إلى أن الرواية حولت على يد المخرج الياباني (أوسامو ديزاكي) إلى مسلسل رسومي مبهر بعنوان (Takarajima)، دبلج هذا المسلسل إلى اللغة العربية وعرض في الثمانينات، وكان أحد أجمل المسلسلات التي تابعتها في طفولتي، وأظن أنه أثر وأمتع جيل كامل قبل أن تفقد الأفلام الرسومية القصة والإنسان، وتصبح مجرد صراعات بين كائنات خارقة ذات تكوينات غريبة، المسلسل أبرز الرواية بقوة، وخاصة شخصية (جون سيلفر) المحورية، كما منح شخصيات أخرى دورا ً أوسع من دورها الحقيقي في الرواية مثل شخصية (جراي) التي كانت شخصيتي المفضلة مع سيلفر. الرواية اعتمدت أحد الموضوعات المحببة، وهو موضوع القراصنة والكنز المفقود، ولكني أقدر أن ما أثرى الرواية ومنحها جمالها، شخصية جون سيلفر المتقلب، والتي أبدع اليابانيون في تصويرها. أتمنى لو كنت أمتلك براءة تكفي، أعود بها لأشاهد ذلكم المسلسل الجميل.

  • midnightfaerie
    2019-02-06 17:45

    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 playing in the sandbox in the backyard. Stevenson brings to life characters in a new and frightening way that held me captivated, in which Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde failed to do. He writes in such a way in this novel, that the characters come to life vividly and with great detail in my mind as I read, even though, when I later went back to re-read parts, the characters weren't defined nearly as minutely as I thought they were. I don't attribute this to my own imagination though. I think Stevenson's brilliance lies in the meticulous vagueness of his descriptions, allowing the reader to take the direction of their choosing with the character's appearance. A perfect example of this is in Ben Gunn. My husband and I were watching Treasure Island with Eddie Izzard, and he commented on the age of Gunn, saying he'd seen another movie where he was old, opposed to this one, in which he was younger in age. So then I thought back to the book and wondered, what age was he? So I looked it up, and really, it could be interpreted in so many ways: "...unlike any man I had ever seen, stooping almost double as it ran..." - As an animal or from old age? "...his voice sounded hoarse and awkward, like a rusty lock. I could now see he was a white man like myself, and that his features were even pleasing. His skin, wherever it was exposed, was burnt by the sun; even his lips were black; and his fair eyes looked quite startling in so dark a face. Of all the beggar men I had seen or fancied, he was the chief for raggedness." - Old? Young? "...I was a civil, pious, boy..." - Speaking of when he was young, makes me see him as older. "You're a good lad, Jim..." - He calls Hawkins a lad, which makes him seem older to me, but then, how old is old? For the time it was and the longevity of life span, especially for the pirates with so hazardous a life, they didn't live long. So maybe in his thirties? Besides the wonderful characters, the chapters were breathtaking, causing me to sit at the edge of my seat with each page turn. What a wonderfully suspenseful tale with such colorful inhabitants! Even the slang was picturesque, with nicknames like "Barbeque" for Silver, and "Long John's Earrings" for the ropes strung across the ships decks that allowed our favorite character to pass easily from port to starboard with his one leg. And even though the movie I saw gave a satisfying death to the despicable Trelawney, I'm rather glad that the book left him alive at the end. It wasn't what I expected and it was more true to life. The abhorrent man, who puts himself off as one of the good guys, never seems to be the one with a bad run of luck. And although Muppet Treasure Island was not exactly true to the original story, (the Captain a frog?), it was still surprisingly accurate in most aspects of the novel, which is something I've always enjoyed about the Muppets, especially in The Christmas Carol. Overall, it was a superb book and an intoxicating adventure. A natural classic, with a huge following, underlying themes, and above all, a great deal of the Magic Factor, it's a story that will live through the ages and continue to be adapted in many ways and various forms for years to come. Treasure Island is a beloved tale for both young and older readers alike. I highly recommend

  • Nayra.Hassan
    2019-01-22 20:49

    كنوز مفقودةحملات متحمسة📜خريطة غامضة تظهر في إحدى الحانات لتظهر للنور جزيرة كنز القبطان فلينت ..مفردات برع ستيفنسون مع ابنه الصبي في غرسها في وجداننا من خلال: الطباخ البحري ،قصة للاولاد..او جزيرة الكنز و التي أتذكرها انا دائما ♡ بجيم مع بيمبو في رحلة مثيرة ..💫بالنسبة الصبي جيم يكون الكنز في الرحلة كالعادة لينضج خلالها و يتحول من صبي في سن14 لشاب شجاع كريم النفس🌊و لكن يبقى لونج جون سيلفر كمفاجاة الرواية بتناقضاته..التي تتجاوز بمراحل الشخصيات الأحادية المنتشرة في قصص الأولاد..فيحيرنا ..بشره و خيره ..قسوته و عدله ..ليصبح سيلفر الوجبة المفضلة لممثلي العالم كله

  • Jan-Maat
    2019-01-29 23:05

    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 to concede that he was right. I did propose that we follow the black spot with a second envelope containing a copy of the book, though sensing we might need to follow that with adult reading classes I'd have been best off getting straight to the point and making use of The Black Arrow instead. Occasionally in a moment of clarity I might see how odd something familiar is, in this case a children's book, because what have we here - amorality, ill-gotten gains, not simply sinister disabled persons but actually savage ones (view spoiler)[though if you are blind perhaps you prefer Blind Pew to the milk and white bread goodie two-shoes out of All the Light you cannot see (hide spoiler)]. The problem is my assumption of children's literature as needing to be didactic and purposive and worthy, this rather like in the later Peter Pan and Narnia goes nowhere good at all (view spoiler)[ unless you very strictly hold to life as a vale of tears through which one ought to scurry with the eyes firmly closed in a race to get to that fine and private place where none, I think, do there embrace (hide spoiler)], instead Stevenson offers up rich ooze from the imagination.A joy in reading a few books by one author is getting a sense of the soup of their mind, the ingredients that get ladled out in varying proportions in one book after another. While in The Black Arrow we had a wicked uncle dressed up as a sinister leper, here we get the same ingredient in a less refined form - the hideous blind man and one legged man, their physical disabilities seem to make them even more powerful, Pew has a fearful speed and powerful grip, Silver is more adroit than a South-African athlete, with a crutch that doubles as a javelin when required. I was going to say that there is something childlike in seeing disabled people as inherently sinister but then I recalled (view spoiler)[the court case in which a young woman used her crutch as a weapon and the old woman who tried to run me down with her disability scooter, luckily I was able to leap up onto the town hall steps while she drove off cackling into the evening fog (hide spoiler)] that children can often be remarkably indifferent to difference accepting it at face value while adults, when one watches the evening news, can be apparently obsessed with it.Along which lines I was worried to read the Squire's letter I forgot to tell you that Silver is a man of substance, I know of my own knowledge that he has a banker's account, which has never been overdrawn. He leaves his wife to manage the inn; and as she is a woman of colour, a pair of old bachelors like you and I may be excused for guessing that it is the wife, quite as much as the health, that sends him back to roving (p39) (view spoiler)[Treasure Islands has more on the links between contemporary piracy and banking(hide spoiler)]. Ah, Jim lad, I thought, do you really want to be a cabin boy to a pair of old confirmed bachelors like that who have no comprehension of why a man might want to live together with a woman - look at the racist attitudes you could end up learning from them(view spoiler)[Quite aside from the attitude to property - who does all that gold belong to? One could say to those it was stolen from, or one might value the labour put in by the pirates in seizing the treasure and fairly ascribe it to the survivors of Flint's crew, but of anybody the Squire has the least reasonable claim - its a bit like How to Read Donald Duck which shows the same attitude present in the cartoon - if you have wealth you can use it to acquire more while if you don't have wealth you have no right to keep your gold from others - as we see here in the fate of Ben Gunn who trades a cave full of gold for the promise of some cheese(view spoiler)[Ben Gunn is sorry figure - all those goats about him and never no cheese... had he been Robinson Crusoe he'd have domesticated the goats, been clad in the finest homespun goat's wool, feasted on roast kid and had a cave full of goat's cheese (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)].I'm also interested just as in Kidnapped the child has the more adult behaviours than the grown ups - the pirates are rather like Stevenson's Highlanders, full of feeling but aside from Silver, showing little sense and about as much patience as a child at Christmas (view spoiler)[ or similar present related festivity (hide spoiler)]. So it is the boy Hawkins who runs rings round them demonstrating loyalty, cunning, and a taste for one-liners One more step, Mr. Hands...and I'll blow your brains out! Dead men don't bite, you know (p142). The thing about Treasure Island is that the whole adventure is for the sake of adventure. Ok, Ben Gunn gets a job, Silver gets three hundred guineas and hopefully gets back to Bristol so that he and his wife can enjoy one another and start the ground work for International Talk like a Pirate Day. Do the Squire and the Doctor need the money? Does Jim Hawkins get anything? Perhaps Widow Hawkins gets her son back, now a killer and hardened brandy boozer, to sit in her tavern, bullying the regulars with tales of piracy and bloodshed while still barely twelve years old (view spoiler)[or how ever old he is(hide spoiler)].

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-02-16 17:00

    Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson تاریخ نخستین خوانش: یکی از روزهای سال 1973 میلادیعنوان: جزیره گنج؛ نویسنده: رابرت لوئیس (لوئیز) استیونسون (استیونسن)؛ مترجم: هاجر تربیت؛ تهران، بنگاه ترجمه، چاپ دوم 1343، در 278 ص؛ مترجم: اردشیر نیکپور؛ تهران، گوتنبرگ، چاپ دوم 1351، در 364 ص؛ موضوع: داستان کودکان از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 19 ممترجمهای دیگر: حسین دستوم؛ یوسف فرخ؛ عباس کرمی فر؛ پرویز نجم الدینی؛ محسن سلیمانی؛ امیرمهدی مراد حاصل؛ صفورا کلهر؛ احمد کسایی پور؛ سپهر شهلایی؛ علی اکبری؛ علیرضا نعمتی؛ محمدرضا جعفری؛ نعیمه ظاهری؛ آرمین هدایتی؛ مهسا طاهریان؛ مهسا یزدانی؛ محمد قصاع؛ امین دادور؛ سهیل رمضانی؛ محمد همت خواه؛ ناهید حاجی سلیمانی؛ شهلا طهماسبی؛ بیتا ابراهیمی؛ سوده کریمی؛ ؛داستانی ماجراجویانه، که رابرت لویی (لوئیزیا لوئیس) استیونسُن نویسنده اسکاتلندی نوشته است. این رمان نخستین بار در سال 1883 میلادی به صورت کتاب به چاپ رسید، و موضوع آن درباره ی دزدان دریایی، و گنجی مدفون در یک جزیره است. جزیره ی گنج هماره در زمره ی ادبیات کودک و نوجوان بوده است، و منتقدان آن را به خاطر توصیف استادانه ی نویسنده، از: شخصیت‌ها، رویدادها، و فضای داستان، بسیار ستوده‌ اند. بارها به روی صحنه ی تئاترها و پرده ی سینماها رفته، و از محبوبیت ویژه ای نزد نوجوانان، برخوردار است. ا. شربیانی

  • Mayar Hassan
    2019-01-22 00:05

    ليست من الروايات التي تحمل قيمة فنية أو أدبية عاليةلكنها تحمل الكثير من المتعة و التشويق بين طياتها، و هو المطلوب أحياناً

  • Sarah Rashwan
    2019-02-04 18:53

    الحديث عن القراصنة و الكنوز المفقودة لا ينتهي، و طالما شكل هوساً لدي العديد من الأدباء و الكتابتلك المرة نحن أمام أشهر قصص القراصنة التى كتبها روبرت لويس ستيفنسون بالمصادفة بينما كان يحاول تسلية ابن زوجته باختراع جزيرة خيالية تحوى كنزاً هاماً لا سبيل للوصل إليه سوى عن طريقة خريطة و علامات أرشادية، و على الصبي الأجتهاد للوصول إلى ذلك الكنز. بل أن الرواية نفسها نشرت في البداية على هيئات حلقات في مجلة أطفال قبل أن يعيد ستيفنسون كتابتها لتخلد أسمه في عالم أدب المغامراتالرواية رائعة بالطبع و حافلة بالأثارة فلا يمكن للقارئ أن يبدأ بقراءتها دون أن ينهيها و تلك احد أسرار نجاحها، لكنها من وجهة نظري لا تقارن برائعة ستيفنسون الخالدة "دكتور جيكل و مستر هايد" و إن كانت تتفوق عليها في جانب التشويق

  • Magrat Ajostiernos
    2019-02-19 18:58

    Una de mis novelas preferidas porque está endiabladamente bien escrita, porque no puedes parar de leer, porque es pura aventura y por supuesto, por John Silver

  • Fernando
    2019-02-09 19:59

    Nuevamente, y por la naturaleza de este libro que leí, decidí “embarcarme” en una novela de aventuras. Luego de leer “Robur, el Conquistador” de Julio Verne, uno de mis ídolos literarios de la niñez, necesitaba releer éste, algo que yo había hecho hace treinta años atrás y por eso decidí comprar la edición de Penguin Clásicos. Muchas veces me sucede que ciertas novelas de argumento complicado o desenlace trágico me saturan y me es necesario alivianar un poco la carga, despejándome con una que me haga disfrutar del placer de la lectura nuevamente.Siempre consideré a Robert Louis Stevenson un gran escritor. Ha quedado un poco a la sombra de los grandes novelistas sin que eso haya mermado su calidad literaria a través de tantos años. En una acalorada frase resume cómo se sentía al respecto cuando declara en una carta a un amigo ”Que escriban sus malditas obras maestras para ellos y me dejen en paz!”.Con una buen cantidad de cuentos, la pequeña e inolvidable nouvelle, “El extraño caso del Dr. Jekyll y Mr. Hyde” y este libro le fue suficiente para ser recordado por siempre. Existen otras novelas y cuentos también célebres como “El Diablo en la Botella”, “La Flecha Negra” o “Las Nuevas Mil y una Noches” que están también a la altura de otros títulos de su obra, pero este libro y el de Jekyll y Hyde fueron los que quedaron en la memoria y el corazón del lector.Stevenson reconoce que se inspiró en otras novelas y sin necesidad de plagiarlas, creó la historia de “La Isla del Tesoro” a partir de un mapa que dibujó junto al hijo de su esposa, llamado Sam “Lloyd” Osbourne y a quien quería mucho, además de tomar como modelo para su personaje Long John Silver a su mejor amigo, W.E. Henley, quien era cojo de una pierna: “Fue el verte en acción con tu fuerza mutilada y tu carisma dominante lo que engendró a John Silver”.En lo que a este libro respecta, Stevenson, lector asiduo, tomó lo mejor de novelistas como Washington Irving, Jonathan Swift, Daniel Defoe y aspectos del cuento “El Escarabajo de Oro” de Edgar Allan Poe para darle forma a su propia novela. En esa época era moneda corriente encontrarse con libros como “Robinson Crusoe”, “Los Viajes de Gulliver” o “La Narrativa de Arthur Gordon Pym” para utilizar como plataforma de salto a cualquier nueva aventura en el mar y fue clave para Stevenson leer un libro que le regalara su amigo Henley, llamado “Historia general de los robos y asesinatos de los más famosos piratas”, escrito por un tal Johnson.Con todo ese material, Stevenson se embarcó en el proyecto de escritura que sufriría un parate ante la pérdida de inspiración deteniendo su publicación por partes en el “Young Folks”, una revista literaria muy de moda para jóvenes en esos años.Por mi parte, me es difícil despegarme de alguien que ha escrito varias novelas sobre el mar, los barcos y las experiencias de los hombres que se subieron a ellos y me refiero a uno de mis escritores predilectos: Herman Melville.Puedo asegurar que el personaje principal de esta narración, Jim Hawkins posee el deseo de aventura de Ishmael en “Moby Dick,” corre los peligros de “Billy Budd” y tiene la audacia innata de “Israel Potter”, todas ellas escritas por Melville y protagonizadas por personajes arrastrados a situaciones tan peligrosas para ponerlos a prueba y transformarlos rápidamente en hombres aún siendo adolescentes inexpertos.En este libro aparecen personajes maravillosos. El de Hawkins es un caso. Es un adolescente intrépido, del que estimamos posee entre doce y quince años de edad y del que supongo fue creado por Stevenson para homenajear a su hijastro. Otro personaje digno de admiración es el doctor Livesey, de una entereza intachable a lo largo de todo el libro. Sus valores permanecen inalterables. Junto a él, el caballero Trewlaney y el capitán Smollet conforman un grupo de hombres notables que jamás se rendirán ante las vicisitudes de los motines y de las sangrientas acciones que se desarrollan promediando el libro. Por el otro lado, nos encontraremos a personajes que tendrán mucho que ver a lo largo de la historia. Desde el primer bucanero, el viejo capitán Billy Bones, pasando por distintos piratas menores como Hands, Merry, O’Brien y Anderson, y especialmente quien descolla como el personaje más complejo de la historia y que es el mismísimo Long John Silver. Es un hombre que fluctúa entre el bien y el mal, entre la ambición y el deber y a quien veremos debatirse entre ir a buscar el tesoro y salirse con su obsesiva intención de quedarse con toda esa fortuna en caso de encontrarlo. Rápidamente, la codicia del "hombre de fortuna", que es definición del pirata, le ganará la compulsa en su cabeza para amotinarse a bordo de la Hyspaniola, la goleta que los llevará a la isla en donde supuestamente se encuentra ese que dejara escondido el famoso Capitán Flint junto con el mapa para llegar a él.Mención final para Ben Gunn, un personaje del que no contaré mucho para quien no haya leído el libro aún, pero que tiene mucho que ver el transcurso de la historia.Este libro me ha llevado de vuelta a mi infancia, a mi adolescencia y a la época en que no hacía otra cosa más que leer los libros de aventura que tanto me gustaban.Y ustedes se preguntarán: ¿Y el tesoro? ¿Por qué esta reseña no dice nada acerca de él? ¿Lo encuentran o no?Bueno, como en varios pasajes del libro dicen la frase ”Los muertos no muerden”, me transformaré en una tumba y no comentaré nada por respeto al lector que quiera seguir los pasos de Jim Hawkins y su atrapante aventura en busca de "La Isla del Tesoro", así que... ¡todos a bordo!

  • Paul Bryant
    2019-02-08 23:48

    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 convinced me with his descriptions of winds and seas and gunnels and jibs and booms and mizzenmasts and fo'c'sles (it's okay, you can print the whole word - forecastle - there - the printer won't charge you any more) and all of that. Plus, some of the ripest dialogue anywhere -"If that ain't to your fancy, some of my hands being rough, and having old scores, on account of hazing, then you can stay here, you can. We'll divide stores with you, man for man; and I'll give my affy-davy as before to speak the first ship I sight, and send 'em here to pick you up... Refuse that, and you've seen the last of me but musket-balls.""There!" he cried. "That's what I think of ye. Before an hour's out, I'll stove in your blockhouse like a rum puncheon. Laugh, by thunder, laugh! Before an hour's out ye'll laugh on the other side. Them that die'll be the lucky ones.Cap'n Flint says : As well as a ripping yarn, it's also a nifty dissection of the concept of being a "gentleman" which you may take sociologically, politically or psychologically, as suits ye best, ye lubbers. Squaaawk! Pieces of eight! A tot of rum would go down a treat! Skwawwwk!**Update : I found a previous note I'd already written so I can confirm that it was Manny's review of A Rebours where he says :It must have been so exciting to be a novelist in the second half of the nineteenth century. You weren't limited to just creating a novel; if you were talented, you could create a whole new kind of novel. : Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson1885 : Germinal : Emile Zola 1886 : The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde : R L Stephenson 1891 : The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde, 18911892 : The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes : Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1895 : The Time Machine : H G Wells 1897 : Dracula : Bram Stoker 1898 : The Turn of the Screw : Henry James 1898 : The War of the Worlds – H G Wells

  • Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨
    2019-01-23 23:49

    ★★★★★★★★☆☆[8/10]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 about how the mariners who are on a death-mission will return absolutely unscathed, to enjoy the riches that the island bestowed upon them. Yes, because it is Stevenson. So, if you are not someone who is directionally- and spatially-challenged like me, and is fond of cursing like an old English sailor (or a buccaneer) (Anu, are you reading this? Man! That was seriously messed up even for dootiful followers of the parlance!), and utterly bored with life's real quests, then hop onto Captain Smollett's schooner and head for Treasure Island. Remember, you'll only have young Jim Hawkins to save your butt in case you get caught in trouble. And, may luck be with you. As for the sheer literary brilliance of the book, I leave it up to you to decide (I am not particularly partial to piratealect!). [The only thing that troubles me is how people treat Long John Silver like a glorified villain. He stabbed a faithful seaman in cold blood at the first chance he got-- and there's no glory in that, I tell you. He is an oleaginous wretch as Jim Hawkins has rightly said, and I have only that much regard for him.](Can't say "no" to that, eh?)

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2019-02-03 20:11

    “Fifteen men on the dead man's chest—Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!” 3.5 starsThis 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 enjoy as he led most of the story through his viewpoint. Long John Silver was twisted but fascinating and, having not read the story before, I was surprised with some of the faces he showed. Yes, I've been living under a rock in that regard. Stevenson is a good writer - his words make a smooth sailing experience, talented and pretty but keeping on point to hold up pacing.Despite perks, the story itself is only average to me since I wanted a full fledged adventure and felt more could have been included. Skeleton Island had a personality we didn't get to fully explore, and most of what happened was predictable with little surprise. Sure, I didn't see some of the small twists, but overall the surprises weren't strong. The book shines brightest at the beginning at the inn, but I thought it would keep going strong when they set sail. Instead sea travel is abbreviated and the rest of the book focuses mainly on the internal fighting of the men. While this was interesting, I'd like to see other things thrown in to shake things up. Keeping it a little basic makes it clear to me he was writing this more with young readers in mind.Overall it was a book that started much and deserves its place as a classic treasure. The writing is well done, the characters rich, although the story is a little bare bones.

  • K.D. Absolutely
    2019-02-08 19:07

    My first time to read this book. The reason why I read this book now is that my favorite author, Frank McCourt mentioned in his memoir Teacher Man that Robert Louis Stevenson was his favorite author when he was a young boy in Ireland. When he moved to New York and during the first year of schooling, he submitted Treasure Island as his home-reading book and his literature teacher was impressed because his American classmates submitted books of contemporary (now forgotten) authors. After reading this book, I agree with McCourt's teacher. This classic children's book is a readable as the day it first came out in 1883. Truly a proof of Stevenson's excellence in writing. Treasure Island is really the ultimate "young boy's book".I have not seen the movie or TV adaptations of this book but I now remember, when we were little, hearing my eldest brother singing this song that, according to Wiki, is entitled Sea Shanty:"Fifteen men on the dead man's chestYo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!Drink and the devil had done for the rest -Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of run!"Stated in the Wiki entries for Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) that this novel was dismissed by critics to be juvenile and they considered Stevenson as flippant to be taken seriously. However, more than 100 years after its first publication, the book is still being read by people of all ages and from all walks of life. Who knows? Maybe the people who criticize Harry Potter, The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games or even The Song of Ice and Fire will also eat their words 100 years from now.It tells the story of Jim Hawkings who assists in the running of their inn in England during the 18th century. Their inn is not very busy because it is far from the crowded area so scrupulous (translation: people hiding from something) individuals become their clients. One of these is Billy Bones who has a secret: he used to be part of the crew of Captain Flint, a notorious pirate. One day, Bones is visited by a former fellow crew, Pew who gives him a treasure map. When Bones opens the map, he saw a "Black Spot" that foretells bad luck and he drops dead of stroke. Jim and his mother opens his chest to get the amount due for Bones's board and lodging but before they could get the money, pirates arrive searching for the treasure map. The rest of the story is about the treasure hunt complete with lots of swashbucking actions (that reminded me very much of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean) and the flight to the DeadChest island, an island near the Norman Island located in British Virgin Island.So before Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Deep), there was Long John Silver and the other pirates of Treasure Island. The movie series has many similarities with the book so, if you haven't read this and you are a Pirates' fan, you may want to consider reading the book first before seeing the third part of the series, On Stranger Tides. I saw it today and oh it was so good! Of course, still starring Johnny Depp: Oh, I am just desperate to get your votes!

  • Lynx
    2019-02-15 23:44

    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 possible.If you haven't ever read this do yourself a favour and pick it up, and for those like me who had forgotten that wonderful feeling and wish to recapture it, this won't disappoint.

  • Raúl Omar
    2019-01-23 17:10

    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. I was too young and 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 Treasure Island was about (besides the treasure and the island), I was absolutely certain that I really enjoyed reading it and that it was a great book. So after the great experience of reading kidnapped I decided that I had to read Treasure Island one more time. I recently found it in a bookstore and for a moment doubted about buying it: I was afraid it might be a children’s tale or that I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as I did the first time.Well, I bought I read it and NO REGRETS. Actually I was sorry I waited so long for reading it again, this is simply a marvellous tale. The nautical terms and the pirate slang made reading a little slow at first but then I got used to it. The rest is awesome. You can read what this book is about in Wikipedia so I won’t bother you with the “Young Jim Hawkins meets captain Flint, blah blah blah” I will say this though: Yes, it’s a coming of age book, and no, it is not a "tale for children". If you read this book when you were young and kind of remember liking it, read it again. If, on the other hand, you kind of remember not liking it, then read it again, chances are you were too young to grasp all the beauty of this book. #JustSaying.Treasure Island is the result of a very talented author who puts in one place all the elements to create a classic of literature: A great plot, amazing descriptions, and incredibly well developed characters. The prose is magnificent: the pace is excellent with more than one cliff-hanger and a couple of twist that make you put the book down for a moment until you realise what just happened and then eagerly resume reading to know what will happen next.TL;DR: Read this book if you haven’t. Read it again if you read it when you were young. Because it’s awesome, that’s why.

  • Jason Pettus
    2019-02-08 19:05

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)The CCLaP 100: In which I read for the first time a hundred so-called "classics," then write essays on whether or not they deserve the labelEssay #32: Treasure Island (1883), by Robert Louis StevensonThe story in a nutshell:Inspired by a doodle from his step-son and originally written as a rainy-day family diversion, the slim 1883 children's book Treasure Island (originally published serially in 1881 and '82) was not only the first novel of sickly genre author Robert Louis Stevenson's short career, but eventually one of his most famous. Essentially the tale of young adventurer Jim Hawkins, the story opens with him as a dutiful mama's boy off the southwest coast of England, helping to run a family inn that sees little action because of being located much more inland than most of the other local sailor-oriented hotels. Ah, but this is exactly what brings the drunken, scary Billy Bones there, where it becomes quickly apparent that he is on the run and in semi-hiding from a whole crew of mysterious, nefarious characters; and when they finally show up after Bones' alcoholism-related death, the family realizes that they are in fact pirates, on the hunt for a treasure map that Bones stole from a recent mutinous voyage that went horribly, horribly wrong. This then convinces a group of local Victorian gentlemen and family friends to go after the treasure themselves, eventually buying a boat and hiring a local crew to take them to this far-off tropical island; but little do they realize that the sailors they've hired are none other than the surviving pirates of the former mutiny, led by the charismatic yet psychopathic one-legged "ship's cook" Long John Silver, who plan on turning on the ship's owners once actually reaching the island and retrieving the treasure they were forced to leave behind during their last voyage. The rest of the book, then, is essentially an adventure tale, full of all kinds of legitimate surprises that I won't spoil here; let's just say that a lot of swashbuckling takes place, that many details regarding ship-sailing are faithfully recorded, and that the day is eventually saved by our fast-thinking teenage hero Jim, no surprise at all for a book designed specifically to amuse fellow teenage boys.The argument for it being a classic:Well, to begin with, it's arguably the most famous pirate tale ever written, and in fact established for the first time many of the stereotypes now known within the genre, including one-legged buccaneers, treasure maps with a big 'X' on them, shoulder-sitting parrots squawking "Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight!," and even the very idea of British pirates being associated with exotic tropical islands in the Caribbean, an association now so strong that it's almost impossible to separate the two; and of course it's also the novel that created the unforgettable Long John Silver, now a thoroughly ingrained part of our Western culture at large. Add to this that it's simply an incredibly thrilling tale (rumor has it that England's Prime Minister at the time stayed up until two in the morning to finish his first reading of it), that it still holds up surprisingly well even 126 years later, and that it's also of immense importance to fans of Stevenson, a prolific author whose genius is just now starting to be widely recognized, after being dismissed by the literary community for almost a century as a frivolous "kiddie writer;" and now add to all this that Treasure Island is a surprisingly sophisticated examination of the era's ethics and moral code as well, taking an unblinking look at the "Victorian Ideal" as manifested in different ways among the stuffy gentlemen "heroes" (unable to improvise in changing circumstances, much to their detriment), the anarchic pirate villains (who almost kill themselves off just on their own, through drunkenness, ignorance and jealousy), and the ruthless yet principled Silver who straddles both these extremes.The argument against:A weak one at best; like many of the genre prototypes of the late Victorian Age, one could argue that this is simply too flippant a tale to be considered a classic. But we already established a long time ago here at the CCLaP 100 that genre stories are indeed eligible for "classic" status in this series, making this argument inapplicable in our case.My verdict:Holy crap! What an incredible book! And what a refreshing change in this case to not have to add my usual caveat to statements like these regarding late Victorian genre experiments: " know, for a century-old children's story that's kind of outdated and that you need to take with a grain of salt." Because the fact is that Treasure Island to this day still reads as fresh and exciting as the day it came out, which is a real testament to the writing skills of Robert Louis Stevenson (who I was already a big fan of before this essay series even started, because of his superbly creepy and also surprisingly relevant Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde); what a shame that this illness-plagued author ended up dying at the age of 44 in the prime of his career, instead of surviving to pen the truly mindblowing mature works I'm convinced that he had been capable of. And it's exactly for the reasons that his fans bring up that this book remains such an amazing one, and how it is that it can still easily be read for pleasure instead of having to force one's way through for historical purposes; because it is indeed not only a thrilling adventure tale, not only written in a style that largely rejects the purplish finery of the Victorian Age in which it was created, but is also a deceptively complex look at the entire nature of "gentlemanness" that was so prevalent at the time, gently poking holes in the entire notion of what it means to be a Refined Citizen of the Empire, even while acknowledging that a complete disavowal of these gentlemanly standards is even worse. There's a very good reason that Long John Silver has endured so strongly in our collective imagination over the last century, when so many other fictional pirates have fallen by the wayside, because he turns out to be a surprisingly complicated character worth coming back to again and again, a vicious killer but with a consistent internal moral code worth perversely admiring; it's but one of many reasons that I confidently label this book a undeniable classic today, and highly recommend it to anyone on the search for the best of 19th-century literature.Is it a classic? Absolutely

  • Luca Ambrosino
    2019-02-09 20:06

    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 together:«Fifteen 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 ciò perché una parte del tesoro ci è 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 è 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 curiosità che invoglia a divorare le pagine. Per la serie "mettetevi a sedere che ora ne vedrete delle belle".Confesso però che per me il romanzo di Robert Louis Stevenson, riletto a distanza di anni (lettura serale per mia figlia), ha perso un pò del suo fascino. Mia figlia ha comunque apprezzato, probabilmente è 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 disegnò 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 è poi trasformato in una gran bella avventura. E allora cantiamo tutti insieme:«Quindici uomini sulla cassa del morto,yo-ho-ho, e una bottiglia di rum!»Voto: 7,5

  • Anzu The Great Destroyer
    2019-02-06 22:10

    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 more I decided that this wasn’t what I expected. I was looking for more adventure and the book was lacking it. I decided to finish it though because it’s a classic and all but I do admit that I made a mistake with this one. Robert Louis Stevenson just takes the fun out of the story. It had potential and it all went to Hell. So thanks Mr. Stevenson, you did a good job on this one. Oh and seriously if you have trouble falling asleep or anything just grab Treasure Island, it’ll cure your insomnia damn easily.Heh I couldn’t help myself and I had to make this advertisement. Hell, here I come!I don’t want to be mean and give it a bad review but the story is mediocre. I know it’s a classic and all and I shouldn’t be expecting comic book action but I can’t help feeling bored with it. Call me names but I can’t give it a good score. It would be a lie. The keyword for this book? Lifeless.Read this review on ZombieHazard.

  • Carol
    2019-02-19 15:49

    "FIFTEEN MEN ON THE DEAD MAN'S CHEST----YO HO HO, AND A BOTTLE OF RUM!"(Robert Louis Stevenson)This classic adventure story begins with an unpleasant guest at the Admiral Benbow Inn who the young and courageous Jim Hawkins overhears telling dreadful stories of hangings....walking the plank....storms at sea, and an evil place called Skeleton Island.But lo and behold....when you meet the mutinous crew of the Hispaniola and Long John Silver himself with his two hundred year old feathery sidekick Dr. Flint screeching...."Pieces of Eight!" the endangerment captures your attention full force.....and not trust any of ole Long John's "affy-davys"!With overheard secrets....the search for dabloons, and killings galore.....all with a dead buccaneer's spirit about, why "Shiver My Timbers" Treasure Island adds up to one swashbuckling and entertaining read! Really enjoyed it!