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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 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 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 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 clich s 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 service.www.youandibooks.wordpress.com 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 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 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. 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 14.. 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 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 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. 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 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. Treasure Island, Robert Louis StevensonTreasure Island is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, narrating a tale of buccaneers and buried gold Its influence is enormous on popular perceptions of pirates, including such elements as treasure maps marked with an X , schooners, the Black Spot, tropical islands, and one legged seamen bearing parrots on their shoulders 1973 1343 278 1351 364 19 1883 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.