Robert Louis Stevenson - Treasure island

An excellent read, this classic adventure novel (the first on the list for the Novels of Quest and Adventure course). Short, punchy and quite gruesome for a children's book. A good thing, because adult readers can enjoy it equally. Nice bits with treasure hunting and especially the complex character of Long John Silver. Most of it has since become standard pirate fare, but in this original it's still innovative and quite cool.

3 February 2009

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