Book Review: Treasure Island

Treasure IslandTreasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you’re looking for authentic pirate adventure, I can’t think of a better book to recommend than Treasure Island. Stevenson has the jargon down pat and really makes you feel like you’re part of the crew. For the most part, the journey is smooth sailing and Jim Hawkins, the main character is a pleasant guide to follow as he gets out of one tight spot after another.

John Silver is also a highly memorable character who, though his loyalties seem to shift with the wind, always seems to have the right words to say, even if his actions leave much to be desired.

I did find that the narrative was hard to follow in spots and certainly there did not seem to be a great deal of depth to the story in terms of theme or message, but it was an interesting romp and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

So three cheers for Mr. Stevenson’s adventurous tale. Yo-ho-ho, avast, ahoy, and all that for a story well told and one I’m sure I’ll be reading again some day.

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