Monday, August 4, 2014

TREASURE ISLAND by Robert Louis Stevenson

Young Jim Hawkins stumbles onto a map leading to a treasure buried by the famous pirate Captain Flint on a small Caribbean island. This sparks a overseas adventure to find the buried treasure! Treasure Island is THE classic of pirate adventures.

I love pirates and pirate stories. The adventure and independence on the high-seas is something that speaks to old boyhood fantasies. Sadly, I didn't find much of that adventure in Treasure Island. It was interesting seeing where all of the pirate story conventions originated, but otherwise it wasn't as exciting as it should've been. Jim was one of the most boring characters I've read in a while. Maybe it was the language...or maybe the book just hasn't aged well in general.

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