A Famous-Five style adventure for grown-ups – CARDIGANSHIRE / LONDON
Location(s): Bristol, British Virgin Islands
Genre(s): Children, Adventure, Fiction
Era(s): Mid 1700s
When a mysterious sailor dies in sinister circumstances at the Admiral Benbow inn, young Jim Hawkins stumbles across a treasure map among the dead man’s possessions. But Jim soon becomes only too aware that he is not the only one who knows of the map’s existence, and his bravery and cunning are tested to the full when, with his friends Squire Trelawney and Dr Livesey, he sets sail in the Hispaniola to track down the treasure. With its swift-moving plot and memorably drawn characters – Blind Pew and Black Dog, the castaway Ben Gunn and the charming but dangerous Long John Silver – Stevenson’s tale of pirates, treachery and heroism was an immediate success when it was first published in 1883 and has retained its place as one of the greatest of all adventure stories.
In his introduction John Seelye examines Stevenson’s life and influences and the novel’s place within adventure fiction. This edition also includes Stevenson’s essay on the composition of Treasure Island.
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