is undeniable: insane, hilarious and irreverent.”—Alice Sebold When a college graduate with a history of hapless jobs (ice cream scooper; gift wrapper; laziest ever part-time clerk at The Pet Library) reads Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island, she is dumbstruck by the timid design of her life. Convinced that Stevenson’s book is cosmically intended for her, she redesigns her life according to its Core Values: boldness, resolution, independence and horn-blowing.
When had she ever, like Jim Hawkins, broke from her friends, raced for the beach, stolen a boat, killed a man, and eliminated an obstacle that stood in the way of her getting a hunk of gold?
Accompanied by her mother, her sister, and a hostile Amazon parrot that refuses to follow the script, our heroine embarks on a domestic adventure more frightening than anything she’d originally planned. is the story of a ferocious obsession, told by an new and utterly original voice.
It is intelligent, perverse, funny, relentlessly self-extricating, and merciless in its vivisection of family dynamics in today’s America.
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w=209" data-large-file="https://twilightswarden.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/treasure_island-scribners-1911.jpg? w=300" class="size-medium wp-image-2173" title="Treasure_Island-Scribner's-1911" src="https://twilightswarden.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/treasure_island-scribners-1911.jpg? w=209&h=300" alt="" width="209" height="300" srcset="https://twilightswarden.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/treasure_island-scribners-1911.jpg? w=209&h=300 209w, https://twilightswarden.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/treasure_island-scribners-1911.jpg? w=105&h=150 105w, https://twilightswarden.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/treasure_island-scribners-1911300w" sizes="(max-width: 209px) 100vw, 209px" / Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Pages: 298 (Puffin Classics edition) Published: 1883 Spoiler-free Synopsis: When Jim Hawkins discovers a treasure map amongst the effects of his late friend “Cap’n” Billy Bones, he has little idea the trouble and danger it will cause him. Livesy and Squire Trelawney joining him, he sails on the as cabin boy, along with the overtly friendly, yet cunning, Long John Silver as the ship’s cook, and a crew of shifty moods and uncertain loyalties on a remarkable and dangerous quest for the buried treasure of the legendary Captain Flint. (Also, see my intro paragraph under Key Thoughts.) Reason for Finishing: This is a genuinely exciting, even thrilling, adventure, and probably the best pirate story that has yet been told (or that I’ve yet come across, to be fair about my inexperience). Stevenson’s a master storyteller, and wastes no time with anything that might be uninteresting.
It’s a fast-paced boys’ adventure, full of stormy coves, sun-spangled seas, mutinous rogues, and honorable Englishmen, yet also something of a character study and a coming-of-age story.
It is tremendously enjoyable, yet sobering upon reflection.
Jim’s real moment of growth (into manhood, if we can say that for a young teenager) is when he recognizes this warring dynamic, which is Silver’s struggle against the dangers and addictions of sin.
So that’s what I found to be the story’s great staying power.