Masterfully crafted, "Treasure Island" is a stunning yarn of piracy on the fiery tropic seas -- an unforgettable tale of treachery that embroils a host of legendary swashbucklers, from honest young Jim Hawkins to sinister, two-timing Israel Hands, to evil incarnate, blind Pew. But above all, "Treasure Island" is a complex study of good and evil, ...
Masterfully crafted, "Treasure Island" is a stunning yarn of piracy on the fiery tropic seas -- an unforgettable tale of treachery that embroils a host of legendary swashbucklers, from honest young Jim Hawkins to sinister, two-timing Israel Hands, to evil incarnate, blind Pew. But above all, "Treasure Island" is a complex study of good and evil, as embodied by that hero-villain, Long John Silver: the merry unscrupulous buccaneer-rogue whose greedy quest for gold cannot help but win the heart of every soul who ever longed for romance, treasure, and adventure. Since its publication in 1883, "Treasure Island" has provided an enduring literary model for such eminent writers as Anthony Hope, Graham Greene, and Jorge Luis Borges. As David Daiches wrote: "Robert Louis Stevenson transformed the Victorian boys' adventure into a classic of its kind."
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It has been MANY years since I first read this story. I found myself reading this straight thru and enjoying the illustrations.
Jan 31, 2013
Everyman / Peake edition great for adults
This was my first look at a Treasure Island illustrated by Mervyn Peake (Everyman's Children's Classics), and though I gave this as a gift I would purchase another for myself. High quality edition in every respect, with evocative illustrations. For reading to a child, a larger print / larger size edition might be better, and a child might prefer the N.C. Wyeth iillustrations, which are also masterful.
Jul 11, 2007
A True Classic
Young lad, Jim Hawkins, narrates this tale of high seas adventure, talk of mutiny, buried treasure and pirates. A great timeless classic. And that fearsome pirate, Long John Silver, as sinister and troublesome as ever.
I introduced my sons to Stevenson when they were merely boys. A Child's Garden of verses, Dr. Jekel and Mr. Hyde and Kidnapped.... An exceptional and creative writer. A very nice edition to any home library...
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