Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Treasure Island

Finished Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson. In this coming-of-age classic, Jim Hawkins finds himself running up against pirates all over the place. The novel's greatest villain (yes there are many), Long John Silver, morphs quite a bit throughout the story. At the beginning he is an affable, peg-legged, benevolent sea cook and a model crew member of the Hispanola. This is of course his disguise. Later Jim overhears his treacherous plans and witnesses the mutiny of the crew. At this point Silver is their ruthless leader. Later in the story when the mutineers turn against him, he switches back to the right side of the law, joining Jim, Dr. Livesey and Squire Trelawney is rescuing the treasure and returning to England. This was a fun adventure read.

I wonder how many people read Treasure Island these days. How many people who eat fast food at Long John Silver's know where the name originated from?

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