Robert Louis Stevenson
My eldest granddaughter is practicing for her part in a musical version of Treasure Island so, I downloaded a copy, which I had not read since childhood. It's been called a boy's adventure story but nowadays, that stereotype no longer applies. Following is a summary and a description of the key characters.
Treasure Island is a children's novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, first published in 1883. Set in the 1780s, it tells the story of Jim Hawkins, a young boy who finds a treasure map while working at his parents' inn. With the help of his friends, he sets out to find the treasure, which is hidden on a remote island. Along the way, they encounter a variety of obstacles, including pirates, mutiny, and the natural dangers of the island. In the end, Jim and his friends are successful in finding the treasure, but they must also learn to deal with the consequences of their actions.
Long John Silver: The cook on the voyage to Treasure Island, Silver is the secret leader of the pirates. He is a complex character, capable of both great kindness and great cruelty.
Doctor Livesey: A local doctor and friend of Squire Trelawney, Livesey is a wise and compassionate man. He is also a skilled sailor and navigator.
Squire Trelawney: A wealthy landowner who finances the voyage to Treasure Island, Trelawney is a flamboyant and eccentric man. He is also a skilled sailor and navigator.
Captain Smollett: The captain of the Hispaniola, Smollett is a strict and demanding man. He is also a skilled sailor and navigator.
Billy Bones: An old seaman who resides at Jim's parents' inn, Bones is a mysterious man with a dark past. He is also a skilled sailor and navigator.
Black Dog: A pirate and enemy of Bones, Black Dog is a vicious and cruel man.
The characters in Treasure Island are all well-developed and believable. They are also well-suited to the story, which is a fast-paced and exciting adventure. The novel is a classic of children's literature but is sure to entertain readers of all ages.
Several versions can be found on AMAZON. This illustrated copies has high ratings.
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