Thursday, January 28, 2016

Treasure Island Book Review

Goodreads Synopsis-- The most popular pirate story ever written in English, featuring one of literature’s most beloved “bad guys,” Treasure Island has been happily devoured by several generations of boys—and girls—and grownups. Its unforgettable characters include: young Jim Hawkins, who finds himself owner of a map to Treasure Island, where the fabled pirate booty is buried; honest Captain Smollett, heroic Dr. Livesey, and the good-hearted but obtuse Squire Trelawney, who help Jim on his quest for the treasure; the frightening Blind Pew, double-dealing Israel Hands, and seemingly mad Ben Gunn, buccaneers of varying shades of menace; and, of course, garrulous, affable, ambiguous Long John Silver, who is one moment a friendly, laughing, one-legged sea-cook . . .and the next a dangerous pirate leader!


So, for the 12 Month Classics Challenge, hosted here, January's read was "a classic you've always wanted to read". Treasure Island has been waiting on my Goodreads to-read shelf since 2012, so I thought it qualified. ;)

Um...I liked the writing style in certain areas, and the sense of adventure, and plot twists. However, this book just wasn't my favorite. I'm glad I read it because it's a classic and remarkably influential in the pirate-genre, but I couldn't say I ate it up. :)

Honestly, I'm not sure how to identify what precisely I didn't enjoy.

The villain, Long John Silver, was my favorite character, the descriptions of the island were lovely, the pace of plot was over-all well done, and considering that it was a pirate story, the content issues were minimal(minus, of course, some violence).

But don't misunderstand me, if you enjoy pirates, Robert Louis Stevenson, or action stories, you should definitely give this a try, if only to gage your own opinion.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


  1. I liked Long John Silver, too. I liked it better than The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. 4 out of 5 would be my rating too. :)

    1. Wasn't he a great villain? Yeah, that book was...odd.

  2. I feel the same way about the book – I don't particularly love it, but I don't dislike it either. My sister read it to me (pirate voices and all).


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