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.
Stevenson's prototypical swashbuckling story receives a traditional treatment in this unabridged, oversize version. Lawrence evokes the essence of classic adventure stories with his vinyl-cut illustrations, as thick black shapes are tempered by muted tones of blue, gold and green. The grimacing faces of pirates are appropriately blemished and begrimed, elegant vessels are seen moored under a starry sky and the island's wild intrigue is captured in subtle, grainy glimpses. As they follow Jim Hawkins to sea, readers will feel they've discovered a true relic with this edition. Ages 9 14.
An amazing and satisfying pirate story
I don’t read much, and I never write reviews on anything, but this book is deserving of one. Definitely my favorite pirate story so far.
A Timeless Adventure
A wonderful story full of interesting characters on every level of gray the spectrum offers. It’s truly a story with nary a dry moment.
It now ranks among my favorites, as does Robert Louis Stevenson as an author. This is my second of his in a row after “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” and the man doesn’t disappoint.
It’s helped me through this pandemic, escaping to the sea with Jim Hawkens, Dr. Livesy, Captain Smollett and of course, John Silver.
Pop culture would have you believing this is a simplistic tale with little nuance when it’s anything but. The pictures painted by Stevenson’s words are both poetic and riveting to follow.
I don’t know when I’ll visit Skeleton Island with the crew again but I know when I do, I’ll ask myself why I waited so long.
Do yourself the favor.