This book did not disappoint. It didn't disappoint me, as at it may be even more awesome than I remembered. And it didn't disappoint my kids because it had all the piratical thrills they were hoping for, and then some. My almost-9-yr-old says this is her new favorite book. She actually grabbed it and hugged it when we finished it.
I also taught this book to my high school lit students, and while prepping for that, I learned that Stevenson wrote the first fifteen chapters in fifteen days. My mind is properly boggled by that. No wonder this book gallops along at a breathless pace!
And yet, it doesn't sacrifice character development for thrills. Jim Hawkins starts out as a somewhat heedless teen boy who doesn't appreciate the stability and peace of his life at the inn he and his mother run. By the end of the story, he's matured into a person who recognizes his mistakes and learns from them. He's also changed from trustful and credulous to being able to see through the machinations of adults. Most of the adult characters don't have much of a character arc, but it's not really their story, so that really doesn't matter. To me, anyway.
I suppose there might be a few people here who don't know the basic plot of Treasure Island. It involves a teen boy named Jim Hawkins and a bunch of adults, some honest and some pirates, all going to an island to try to find a fabulous treasure buried there by Captain Flint. Long John Silver, the one-legged gentleman of fortune, is the prototype that almost all our modern notions of pirates are based on. The book as a whole more than earns its reputation as a rip-roaring adventure yarn.
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If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG for some piratical violence, including a boy being threatened and having to shoot guns to defend himself, plus lots of drunkenness and perilous situations. I had no qualms about reading it aloud to my kids, the youngest of whom is 7, but kids younger than that might find it too tense.
This is my 26th book read and reviewed for my second Classics Club list.