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Treasure Island
Author - Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island is a timeless classic, a book written by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1883. It narrates the adventures of the main character, Jim Hawkins, a young boy who helps out at the Admiral Benbow Inn. A rough-talking sailor stays at the inn. He dies suddenly and Jim and his mother find a treasure map in his sea chest. Jim gets a couple of respectable people together and they buy a ship named the Hispaniola and set sail for Treasure Island, not knowing the problems that lay before them. When a dreadful plot of treachery and mutiny is exposed, Jim begins to see how dangerous this sea adventure really is. The book introduced the popular pirate's song: "Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum, fifteen men on the dead man's chest..."
Robert Louis Stevenson was a 19th century Scottish novelist, poet, and essayist. His other popular books were the fantasy Prince Otto (1885). A Child's Garden of Verses appeared in 1885, followed in 1886 by two of his best-known works: Kidnapped, an adventure tale noted for its Scottish setting, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a science-fiction thriller with a moral message. Both Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde were made into films.

An extract from the book which describes Jim's first meeting with one-legged Long John Silver:
The customers were mostly seafaring men, and they talked so loudly that I hung at the door, almost afraid to enter. As I was waiting, a man came out of a side room, and at a glance I was sure he must be Long John. His left leg was cut off close by the hip, and under the left shoulder he carried a crutch, which he managed with wonderful dexterity, hopping about upon it like a bird. He was very tall and strong, with a face as big as a ham-plain and pale, but intelligent and smiling. Indeed, he seemed in the most cheerful spirits, whistling as he moved about among the tables, with a merry word or a slap on the shoulder for the more favoured of his guests.

Review - Jayanthi Mahalingam

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