Were I a wee lad, I’d surely aim to sail the high seas after reading Treasure Island. Such a fabulous tale told through the eyes of a young boy, who does in fact, set out with a crew in search of treasure and barely grows his sea legs before the murmurs of a mutiny begin.
The young Jim Hawkins serves as narrator and we get to travel alongside him and see his adventures through his young and trusting eyes. He acts impetuously, sometimes to his detriment, sometimes to his advantage, yet he continues to marvel at the crew’s actions in searching for the coveted treasure.
Dr. Livesey is the voice of reason among irrational men, yet is accepted by them as he treats everyone, emotionally and medically, without prejudice. Seemingly a simple man, he actually is quite astute as he quietly plots behind the scenes and seems to anticipate all that may transpire.
Whether yo ho hoing or fast talking, Long John Silver is always trying to remain one step ahead of everyone. It is hard to decide where his alliances lie as he flip flops like a fish out of water and changes sides whenever the benefit falls to him. Being minus one leg doesn’t slow this pirate down and he proves to be a shrewd and formidable fellow.
Any time spent with Mr. Stevenson would surely be a pleasure. The writing genius behind Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde would surely keep the conversation lively and I would make the most of our chats.
My rating for Treasure Island is a 9 out of 10.
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