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Although on the surface the story is essentially about hunting for the blasted treasure, I found that was indeed so much more. There was this undertone of treachery from the beginning and once the ship set sail, loyalties were tested and ultimately, deceit revealed. There can’t be a pirate tale, unless there’s a mutiny, right? And reading about the heinous finagling and murderous deeds was so chilling, I swear I’ll never get those pirate thugs out of my brain. Brilliant. The suspense and intrigue killed me at times for both the plot and the characters, especially Long John Silver. I have to say my only complaint was the changing of the narrator. I didn’t need it nor did I want it. I understand why it was done, but it vexed me to no end. Young Jim started out as a small flame and by the end of this tale he was blazing. He was magnificent as was Silver.
Since this was published, much of what the general public associates with pirates comes from this story. I actually read a review recently where someone complained about how Treasure Island was riddled with clichés. To me, there was an exorbitant amount of originality infused in this tale that I don’t understand how someone could classify it as such. Between the X marks the spot, treasure maps, parrots, Skeleton Island and not to mention Silver’s relentlessly switching sides (remind you of Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow, eh?), clichés were the last thing on my mind. It was written in 1883 for the love of Peter! Authentic would be more precise, but that’s me. All in all, Stevenson’s Treasure Island’s was a 5; an original from the onset that continues to thrive as a timeless classic today.