Treasure Island is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, narrating a tale of "buccaneers and buried gold". First published as a book on 23 May 1883, it was originally serialized in the children's magazine Young Folks between 1881 and 1882 under the title Treasure Island or, the mutiny of the Hispaniola with Stevenson adopting the pseudonym Captain George North.
Traditionally considered a coming-of-age story, Treasure Island is a tale known for its atmosphere, characters and action, and also as a wry commentary on the ambiguity of morality — as seen in Long John Silver — unusual for children's literature now and then. It is one of the most frequently dramatized of all novels. The influence of Treasure Island on popular perceptions of pirates is enormous, including treasure maps marked with an "X", schooners, the Black Spot, tropical islands, and one-legged seamen carrying parrots on their shoulders.
I have seen two movies based on this book that I have never read.
This book is far better then any movie can give justice.
Lots of twist and turns in he story.
Re-watching Disney's Treasure Planet As An Adult Inspired Me To Read This Book
This was a surprisingly entertaining read. The events of the story are quite different from what happens in Treasure Planet (Disney, 2002). What's great is that this novel is a unique adventure in itself and easy to read as well. I had a blast with this.
I drank in every word
What a superb read ! I went over most passages twice, they were so enjoyable. Unbelievably rare that a book written in 1885 still has every word interesting and exciting to the modern reader. Long John Silver is an amazing character , and all the characters are well drawn - RLS had a superb knowledge of human mature. Read it - you will be glad you did!