Review: Treasure Island by R.L. Stevenson

This week’s classic is the book responsible for giving pirates wooden legs, parrots and maps where X marks the spot. That’s right, its R.L. Stevenson’s Treasure Island – one of the most enjoyable books ever written.

Jim Hawkins finds a map to some hidden treasure, and sets sail to make his fortune. Along the way, the ship’s one legged cook and his parrot stage a mutiny and make a run for the gold on their own.

I read this one as a kid and loved it. It has everything you need from a boy’s own adventure story – dead bodies, mysterious clues, far-off lands, rum, buccaneers and maps (can’t beat a good map in an adventure book can you?):


Yep, if you’re after a quick recommendation, then this is my one for this week. It is brilliant, everything about it is fun – a plot that fizzes along, fantastic characters and dialogue that has lines like “dead men don’t bite” and “There’s never a man looked me between the eyes and seen a good day a’terward”.

So what do you think? Have you read it? Did you like it? Would you recommend it?

Let me know in the comments!



7 thoughts on “Review: Treasure Island by R.L. Stevenson

  1. Treasure Island is one of the greatest adventure stories of all time. As a pirate fan it also appeals to me on that level. It certainly introduced the world to fictional pirates. Real pirates hardly ever buried their treasure and the few times that they did they never made elaborate maps. But hey! That’s what great fiction is about.

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