Thursday, October 18, 2012
Book Review: "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I read this book as a combination Kindle e-book as as an Audible audio book. Amazon now offers the combined service (free for selected Classic titles) which sync together using their Whispersync technology so that you can switch between devices without losing your place. This worked great for me, and I made sure to go back and pick up all the free titles I could. Once I've made it through those, I just may fork over some cash for more.
So, back to the story. This must have been an amazing read for young boys in the late 1800s. I'm guessing the hero, Jim Hawkins, to be at most 13 years old. As the book starts, he is working in his family's dreary inn, his father is dying and his mother is kind of a nut. But, one slightly deranged but dangerous pirate takes a room in their inn, and Jim's life is forever changed. He finds himself running from pirates, surrounded by pirates, then on a voyage to get a pirate treasure. Is there a better adventure for a young boy to imagine? There are some violent parts, of course, but not gruesome... and there are moments of sentimentality to counterbalance the fighting.
Did I love this book? No, I didn't love it, but it was enjoyable. I probably would have enjoyed it more when I was younger. I did like some of the smaller details that point to the time period though - like the methods used by the doctor when practicing medicine. I am glad I actually read this, finally, but I seriously doubt I'd spend the time to reread this one.
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Public Domain Book, first published 1882
Source: Kindle, Audible
Audio Book Narrated by Alfred Molina
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