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Treasure Islandby Robert Louis Stevenson
Synopses & Reviews
<P>Masterly crafted, <I>Treasure Island</I> is a stunning yarn of piracy on the fiery tropic seas—an unforgettable tale of treachery that embroils a host of legendary swasgbucklers, from honest young Jim Hawkins to sinister, two-timing Israel Hands, to evil incarnate, blind Pew. But above all, <I>Treasure Island</I> is a complex study of good and evil, as embodied by that hero-villain, Long John Silver: the merry unscrupulous buccaneer-rogue whose greedy quest for gold cannot help but win the heart of every soul who ever longed for romance, treasure, and adventure.</P><P>Since its publication in 1883, <I>Treasure Island</I> has providing an enduring literary model for such eminent writers as Anthony Hope, Graham Greene, and Jorge Luis Borges. As David Daiches wrote: "Robert Louis Stevenson transformed the Victorian boys' adventure into a classic of its kind."</P>
Young Jim Hawkins becomes involved with pirates, mutineers, and a desperate hunt for treasure when he becomes a cabin boy on the Hispaniola, in a swashbuckling tale of adventure on the high seas. Reissue.
Perhaps the greatest of all adventure stories for boys and girls, Treasure Island began, a brave boy who finds himself among pirates, and of the sinister pirate-cook Long John Silver holds children as entrancedtoday as it did a century ago. It has appeared with illustrations by many leading artists, but none so apt as Peake's--first published in 1949 and out of print until now.
From theHardcover edition.
About the Author
David Cordingly is the author of Under the Black Flag and Women Sailors and Sailors' Women. He lives in Sussex, England.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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