34. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (1883)
Dates: 1/28/20 – 2/1/20 (4 days)
Basic Plot: A boy finds a treasure map on a faraway island. He goes to find it with some help – but who can he trust?
Experience Before Reading: Honestly, not really any. I didn’t know if it was about castaways or life in the tropics or pirates. But I’ll be damned if I didn’t know about the Vegas hotel.
Takeaway: I have a confession: I actually had to do a bit of research before writing this part. This book contains so many tidbits of modern perceptions on pirates: the parrots, the black spots, the x marks the spot, and of course all with a yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. With the cook on board named Long John Silver, I began to wonder just how much of our stereotypes were directly lifted from this book?
And from my research came the conclusion: So much. So so much.
Honestly, this is such a fun and simple read I just ate it up. Told (mostly) from the perspective of the cabin boy, it maintains a slight coming-of-age story arc that as a student is always relatable to me.
So why then only a 9/10? Well, dear reader, is anything ever perfect? I’m only 2% of the way through my literary journey and there’s plenty of other books that could usurp it as a favorite. (Oh, and also sometimes the seafaring vocabulary got the best of my little imagination and I had no idea what was going on.)
Would I Recommend It?: Each and every day of the week.
Dates: 5/6/20 – 5/8/20 (2 days)
Plot: A young boy uncovered a treasure map to a far away island. He embarks upon a perilous journey to uncover the treasure as the crew begins to turn on each other.
Experience Before Reading: Muppet Treasure Island is something I vaguely remember, but I didn’t really know what to expect. Jacqueline read this one first and told me it was pretty good though.
Takeaway: This was a fun read! The characters were vibrant, and it’s was packed full of so many pirate references that I sometimes had to pause to take stock of what thing meant. I had no idea Long John Silver was a character, and honestly I’m not sure how I missed that. Either way, I still will never eat at the fast food Long John Silvers – regardless of if he was a good cook in the story.
Would I Recommend It?: If you are looking for a fun and easy read I’d definitely recommend this. I don’t think it is a life changing book, but I actively enjoyed reading it. I was a big fan of Doctor Lively, mostly because any man who has a snuff box filled with Parmesan cheese is worth knowing! My only question is, did Ben Gunn ever get to eat that cheese?
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