Treasure Island - PDF novel by Robert Louis Stevenson - Illustrated

Treasure Island 

Treasure Island

 Plot Summary:

After his mother finds a treasure map among the possessions of a deceased guest at her inn, Jim Hawkins manages to outwit crafty and cruel pirates to learn the location of the buried treasure.

From Introduction:

It was in 1880 and 1881 that Stevenson wrote Treasure Island, which was begun at Braemar, Scotland, where his father aided him with suggestions from his own seafaring experiences. It was finished in the course of his second visit to Davos in the winter of 1881-82. In 1878 he had published his first book, The Island Voyage, which was followed by Travels with a Donkey.

 He had also written the tales known as "The New Arabian Nights," the essays collected under the title of Virginibus Puerisque, and other stories and essays, but Treasure Island, which appeared when the author was thirty-one, was his first long romance, and it brought to him his first taste of popular success when the story was published in book form. It was in October, 1881, that this story began to appear as a serial in an English magazine called Young Folks. The title then was "The Sea Cook or Treasure Island," but when published in book form in May 1883, the name was simply Treasure Island, a name which has taken its place among the titles of far older classics. I remember well that as a boy in England
I was obliged to satisfy my craving for sea stories with books like Captain Cook's Voyages and The Mutiny of the "Bounty." The latter dreadful tale must have been read by Stevenson and perhaps afforded some suggestions. It has seemed to me that before Treasure Island there was no really great sea-tale for younger readers. 

The immortal Swiss Family Robinson and Robinson Crusoe belonged to a different category, and Dana's Two Years Before the Mast was little known to English youth. It seems to be fair to say that Treasure Island is the only great modern classic written especially for younger readers. I find that girls enjoy Treasure Island just as well as boys. 

The book stands alone in its wonderfully vivid and dramatic story-telling, which is characterized throughout by an entirely sane and wholesome tone and purpose. When I imagine myself again a boyish reader comparing this story with the old favourites like Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver's Travels, The Pilgrim's Progress, The Swiss Family Robinson, and Tom Brown at Rugby the first three not written originally for children I find myself impelled to rank Treasure Island as an equal and in some points as a superior. This may seem heresy, but it is the result of a peculiarly close and sympathetic study of these and other famous books for boys and girls. Although this was Stevenson's first long romantic story, he showed the born storyteller's instinct for a beginning that seizes upon the reader at once. 

We are absorbed in the first few lines and the interest deepens as we go on. How it moves and holds us the advent of that precious trio, Billy Bones, Old Pew, and Black Dog, and their performances at the "Admiral Benbow." It is so apt an introduction to the strange tale of after happenings. And from a boy's viewpoint, the end is perfect.

The book contains many illustrations by Louis Rhead

the book details :
  • Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Illustrator:Louis Rhead
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  • Company: New York: Harper & Brothers

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