Treasure Island pdf by Robert Louis Stevenson,

Treasure Island pdf by Robert Louis Stevenson (originally titled The Sea Cook: A Story for Boys is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, telling a story of “buccaneers and buried gold”. It is considered a coming-of-age story and is noted for its atmosphere, characters, and action.The novel was originally serialised from 1881 to 1882 in the children’s magazine Young Folks, under the title Treasure Island or the Mutiny of the Hispaniola, credited to the pseudonym “Captain George North”. It was first published as a book on 14 November 1883 by Cassell & Co. It has since become one of the most often dramatized and adapted of all novels, in numerous media.

Since its publication, Treasure Island has had significant influence on depictions of pirates in popular culture, including such elements as deserted tropical islands, treasure maps marked with an “X”, and one-legged seamen with parrots perched on their shoulders.

Treasure Island Summary by Robert Louis Stevenson

The plot is set in the mid-18th century, where an old sailor named Billy Bones starts to lodge at the rural Admiral Benbow Inn on England’s Bristol Channel. He tells the innkeeper’s son, Jim Hawkins, to keep a lookout for “a one-legged seafaring man”. A former shipmate named Black Dog confronts Bones and they get into a fight, causing Black Dog to flee. A blind beggar named Pew then visits the inn, delivering a summons to Bones called “the black spot”. Shortly thereafter, Bones suffers a stroke and dies. Pew and his accomplices attack the inn, but are routed by excise officers, and Pew is trampled to death. Jim and his mother escape with a mysterious packet from Bones’ sea chest, which is found to contain a map of an island on which the infamous pirate Captain Flint hid his treasure. Jim shows the map to the local physician Dr. Livesey and the squire John Trelawney, and they decide to make an expedition to the island, with Jim serving as a cabin boy.

They set sail on Trelawney’s schooner, the Hispaniola, under Captain Smollett and Jim forms a strong bond with the ship’s one-legged cook, Long John Silver. The crew suffers tragedy when first mate Mr. Arrow, a drunkard, is washed overboard during a storm. While hidden in an apple-barrel, Jim overhears a conversation among the Hispaniola’s crew which reveals that many of them are pirates who had served on Captain Flint’s ship, the Walrus, with Silver leading them. They plan to mutiny after the salvage of the treasure, and to murder the captain and the few remaining loyal crew.

Arriving at the island, Jim joins the shore party and they begin to explore. He meets a marooned pirate named Ben Gunn, who is also a former member of Flint’s crew. The mutineers arm themselves and take the ship while Smollett’s loyal men take refuge in an abandoned stockade on the island. After a brief truce, the mutineers attack them, with casualties on both sides of the battle. Jim makes his way to the Hispaniola and cuts the ship from its anchor, drifting it along the ebb tide. He boards the Hispaniola and encounters the pirate Israel Hands, who had been injured in a drunken dispute with one of his companions. Hands helps Jim beach the schooner in the northern bay, then attempts to kill Jim with a knife, but Jim shoots him dead with two pistols.

Jim goes ashore and returns to the stockade, where he is horrified to find only Silver and the pirates. Silver tells Jim that when everyone found the ship was gone, Captain Flint’s party had agreed to a truce whereby they take the map and allow the besieged party to leave. In the morning, Livesey arrives to treat the wounded and sick pirates and tells Silver to look out for trouble once he’s found the site of the treasure. After a dispute over leadership, Silver and the others set out with the map, taking Jim along as a hostage. They find a skeleton with its arms oriented toward the treasure, unnerving the party. Scaring the crew, Ben Gunn shouts Captain Flint’s last words from the forest, making the pirates believe that Flint’s ghost is haunting the island. They eventually find the treasure cache, but it is empty. The pirates prepare to kill Silver and Jim, but they are ambushed by the officers along with Gunn. Livesey explains that Gunn had already found the treasure and taken it to his cave long ago. The expedition members load a portion of the treasure onto the Hispaniola and depart the island, with Silver as a prisoner. At their first port, in Spanish America, Silver steals a bag of money and escapes. The rest of them sail back to Bristol and divide up the treasure. Still, Jim says that there is more left on the island, but he will not undertake another voyage to claim it.

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Robert Louis Stevenson Author of Treasure Island pdf Book

Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson Author of Treasure Island pdf Book (born Robert Lewis Balfour Stevenson; 13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, essayist, poet and travel writer. He is best known for works such as Treasure IslandStrange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr HydeKidnapped and A Child’s Garden of Verses.

Born and educated in Edinburgh, Stevenson suffered from serious bronchial trouble for much of his life, but continued to write prolifically and travel widely in defiance of his poor health. As a young man, he mixed in London literary circles, receiving encouragement from Andrew Lang, Edmund Gosse, Leslie Stephen and W. E. Henley, the last of whom may have provided the model for Long John Silver in Treasure Island. In 1890, he settled in Samoa where, alarmed at increasing European and American influence in the South Sea islands, his writing turned away from romance and adventure fiction toward a darker realism. He died in his island home in 1894 at age 44.

A celebrity in his lifetime, Stevenson’s critical reputation has fluctuated since his death, though today his works are held in general acclaim. In 2018 he was ranked, just behind Charles Dickens, as the 26th-most-translated author in the world

Treasure Island pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

Treasure island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B093MVVTR5
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Independently published (April 27, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 232 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8745270239
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.3 ounces
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Chapter 1

The Old Sea-dog at the Admiral Benbow

Squire Trelawney, Dr. Livesey, and the rest of these gentlemen hav-ing asked me to write down the whole particulars about Treasure Island, from the beginning to the end, keeping nothing back but the bear-ings of the island, and that only because there is still treasure not yet lif-ted, I take up my pen in the year of grace 17—, and go back to the time when my father kept the Admiral Benbow inn and the brown old sea-man with the sabre cut first took up his lodging under our roof. I remem-ber him as if it were yesterday, as he came plodding to the inn door, his sea-chest following behind him in a hand-barrow—a tall, strong, heavy, nut-brown man, his tarry pigtail falling over the shoulder of his soiled blue coat, his hands ragged and scarred, with black, broken nails, and the sabre cut across one cheek, a dirty, livid white. I remember him look-ing round the cover and whistling to himself as he did so, and then breaking out in that old sea-song that he sang so often afterwards: “Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest—Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”

in the high, old tottering voice that seemed to have been tuned and broken at the capstan bars. Then he rapped on the door with a bit of stick like a handspike that he carried, and when my father appeared, called roughly for a glass of rum. This, when it was brought to him, he drank slowly, like a connoisseur, lingering on the taste and still looking about him at the cliffs and up at our signboard. “This is a handy cove,” says he at length; “and a pleasant sittyated grog-shop. Much company, mate?” My father told him no, very little company, the more was the pity. “Well, then,” said he, “this is the berth for me. Here you, matey,” he cried to the man who trundled the barrow; “bring up alongside and help up my chest. I’ll stay here a bit,” he continued. “I’m a plain man; rum and bacon and eggs is what I want, and that head up there for to watch ships off. What you mought call me? You mought call me captain. Oh, I see what you’re at—there”; and he threw down three or four gold pieces on the threshold. “You can tell me when I’ve worked through that,” says he, looking as fierce as a commander. And indeed bad as his clothes were and coarsely as he spoke, he had none of the appearance of a man who sailed before the mast, but seemed like a mate or skipper accustomed to be obeyed or to strike. The man who came with the barrow told us the mail had set him down the morn-ing before at the Royal George, that he had inquired what inns there were along the coast, and hearing ours well spoken of, I suppose, and described as lonely, had chosen it from the others for his place of resid-ence. And that was all we could learn of our guest.

He was a very silent man by custom. All day he hung round the cove or upon the cliffs with a brass telescope; all evening he sat in a corner of the parlour next the fire and drank rum and water very strong. Mostly he would not speak when spoken to, only look up sudden and fierce and blow through his nose like a fog-horn; and we and the people who came about our house soon learned to let him be. Every day when he came back from his stroll he would ask if any seafaring men had gone by along the road. At first we thought it was the want of company of his own kind that made him ask this question, but at last we began to see he was desirous to avoid them. When a seaman did put up at the Admiral Benbow (as now and then some did, making by the coast road for Bris-tol) he would look in at him through the curtained door before he entered the parlour; and he was always sure to be as silent as a mouse when any such was present. For me, at least, there was no secret about the matter, for I was, in a way, a sharer in his alarms. He had taken me aside one day and promised me a silver four penny on the first of every month if I would only keep my “weather-eye open for a seafaring man with one leg” and let him know the moment he appeared. Often enough when the first of the month came round and I applied to him for my wage, he would only blow through his nose at me and stare me down,but before the week was out he was sure to think better of it, bring me my four-penny piece, and repeat his orders to look out for “the seafaring man with one leg.”How that personage haunted my dreams, I need scarcely tell you. On stormy nights, when the wind shook the four corners of the house and the surf roared along the cove and up the cliffs, I would see him in a thousand forms, and with a thousand diabolical expressions. Now the leg would be cut off at the knee, now at the hip; now he was a monstrous kind of a creature who had never had but the one leg, and that in the middle of his body. To see him leap and run and pursue me over hedge and ditch was the worst of nightmares. And altogether I paid pretty dear for my monthly four penny piece, in the shape of these abominable fancies.

Major Characters in Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Jim Hawkins: The narrator of most of the novel. Jim is the son of an innkeeper near Bristol, England, and appears to be in his mid-teens. He is eager to go to sea and hunt for treasure. Jim consistently displays courage and heroism, but is also sometimes impulsive and impetuous. He exhibits increasing sensitivity and wisdom as the journey progresses.
  • Long John Silver: The one-legged cook aboard the Hispaniola. Silver is the secret leader of the pirates. He is deceitful and greedy, but also charismatic, and his physical and mental strength are impressive. He is kind toward Jim and appears genuinely fond of him. Silver was based in part on Stevenson’s friend and mentor William Ernest Henley.
  • Dr. David Livesey: A doctor and magistrate; he narrates a few chapters of the novel. He exhibits common sense and rationality, and is fair-minded, treating wounded pirates just as he does his own comrades. Some years prior to the events of the novel, he had participated in the Battle of Fontenoy, during which he was wounded in action.
  • Captain Alexander Smollett: The captain of the Hispaniola. He is savvy and is rightly suspicious of the crew that Trelawney hires. Smollett is a real professional, taking his job seriously and displaying skill as a negotiator. Smollett believes in rules and does not like Jim’s disobedience, but later in the novel states that he and Jim shouldn’t go to sea together again as Jim was too much of the born favourite for him.
  • Squire John Trelawney: A wealthy landowner who arranges the voyage to the island. He is too trusting and is duped by Silver into hiring pirates as the ship’s crew.
  • Billy Bones: An old seaman who resides at the Admiral Benbow Inn. He used to be Flint’s first mate, and is surly and rude. He exhorts Jim to be on the lookout for a one-legged man. A treasure map in his possession set the events of the novel in motion.
  • Ben Gunn: A former member of Captain Flint’s crew who was found on Treasure Island, having been marooned there by Flint’s crew several years earlier. He is described as being “insane”, at least partially, and has a craving for cheese.
    • In the semi-official prequel story Porto Bello Gold by Arthur D. Howden Smith, Ben Gunn was the servant of captain Andrew “Rip-Rap” Murray, Flint’s associate and the mastermind behind the capture of the treasure ship Santissima Trinidad, whence the buried treasure was taken. Murray described Ben Gunn as a “half-wit” whom he kept as servant specifically because he considered him intellectually incapable of treachery. After Flint’s crew killed Murray and overpowered his crew, Ben Gunn went to serve Flint and fled the Walrus in Savannah after Flint’s death.
    • According to The Adventures of Ben Gunn, he was Nic Allardyce’s servant and friend from back home.

Treasure Island Book Reviews

Editorial Reviews

 ‘The realization of an ideal, that which is promised in its provocative and beckoning map; a vision not only of white skeletons but also green palm trees and sapphire seas.’- G. K. Chesterton

 ‘An utterly original book’ and goes on to write: ‘There will always be a place for stories like Treasure Island that can keep boys and old men happy.’- G. S. Fraser

Treasure Island is a book by Robert Louis Stevenson. It’s a tale about a boy who has a treasure map and goes to an island to find the treasure – but the only problem is is that there are pirates on the ship and they want the treasure!

The pirates have started a mutiny and they are fighting for the treasure ruthlessly, and killing the good crew who are trying the find the treasure for good. I love this exciting book and the way it describes the amazing life and thrilling story of the the crew, the boy and the pirates.

It made my family enjoy reading more, and it made me feel great about reading gripping and fun stories! The book brings the whole family together and really gets us going. So if you like adventure, excitement, pirates and heroes then you have found the right book- the Guardian

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4.0 out of 5 stars Shiver me timbers, ’tis a good read

Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2017

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My recent read of The Brethren Prince  The Brethren Prince: Piracy, Revenge, and the Culture Clash of the Old Caribbean  got me thinking of Treasure Island, which I had read 45+ years ago, as a boy. I decided it was time to give the book a second look. I enjoyed it. ‘Twas easy to see, written as it was, from young Jim Hawkin’s perspective, how this was a book tailored to boys. Of course, Jim sure had a lot of good luck, to make it through the entire (mis)adventure. Some of that luck, and a few actions of characters, were far-fetched enough that I can not award a full five stars for this literary classic.

I remembered little of this story, from my earlier read. The old style language would have been pretty difficult for a typical, young baby boomer — and, I expect I had gone through some segments with only a general idea of what was happening. Perhaps my book had had a bit of glossary, as another recent reader recalled from his childhood reading. It would be a good book to read along with a young person, to explain terms and quaint language, and to look up items, together. As a viewer of Black Sails, I noted that three of the characters in the series were lifted from Treasure Island, as a bit of Googling confirmed that, indeed, they are fictional: Billy Bones, John Silver, Captain Flint.

MLH5.0 out of 5 stars “Yo Ho HO” Still a Great Read

Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2016

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Still a classic adventure with great writing and memorable characters. I feared that I would be disappointed re-reading this book as an adult and that my fond memories would be destroyed-as they were when I re-read Swiss Family Robinson. Swiss Family Robinson can only be enjoyed by children, I learned, because adults see immediately how ridiculous it is. Treasure Island, however, is a masterpiece. As a child, I did not appreciate the characterization of Long John Silver. I remembered him only as a “bad pirate,” but he is so much more: devious and clever–and likable! I also, as an adult, recognized how much of our pirate folklore comes from this tale. I encourage adults to give this “treasure” another read. You’ll have a new appreciation for this truly classic work.

Erzsebet Carmean

4.0 out of 5 stars Confession: This was a reunion with a childhood crush.

Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2020

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Between the ages of 9 and 12, I fell in love with: MacGyver; Hannibal from the A-Team; Sherlock Holmes and, of import to this review, Dr. Livesey in Treasure Island. Shelter-in-place gave me more reading time & I decided to revisit my old flame. It turns out he is not in the book all that much; I somehow neglected to remember that the story is that of a little boy fighting pirates – and it’s insane! There’s a siege. There’s a more than one grisly death. Then there’s the respect of Long John Silver for the protagonist; a bit like Negan’s respect for Carl (The Walking Dead). For what it’s worth, it’s the Doctor’s friend, Squire Trelawney that interested me this time around. Sorry, Livesey. It was a real “treasure” while it lasted!

Sofia Petrovna

5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Sparrow, is that you?

Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2022

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I finally found some time to read something that was recommended to me a long time ago. It is said that this is a book for boys, but I guess it is for boys in the same manner as Harry Potter was written for boys as well – and look where that led to. I enjoyed this adventure quite a bit, not knowing what might happen next. It appears that the writer’s favorite character was Long Jonh Silver, the Sea Cook, and since I can see that in this character Jack Sparrow found an inspirational role model, I can honestly say I like him the best as well.
Well, as the title suggests, this is a book about an island with a hidden treasure. There is one secret map, three good men, and a ship fool of pirates pretending to be ordinary sailors.

Derek Ian Elder

5.0 out of 5 stars It probably does seem slow and boring to younger readers

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 23, 2016

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I’m sure there’s an age gradient in the reviews of this, with the older readers tending to give the highest ratings and younger ones tending to give the lowest ratings. I read it at school and have re-read it again now and then over the years. It builds slowly then moves quickly and ends abruptly. That’s it. In between there’s all the pirate stuff and derring-do the title suggests. It probably does seem slow and boring to younger readers, but that may be something to do with how literature is treated at school these days. I have two children, one now 27, the other 18, who were not moved by this book at all, but at least it’s still on the curriculum reading list.

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