A young boy named Jim Hawkins got his hands on a map showing the location of a buried pirate treasure. A group of people is ready to go on a treasure hunt, but their plans are about to be destroyed by pirates who also want to get the treasure.
The characters will learn about sailing, treason, loyalty and courage as their adventure turns from doom to luck and vice versa at every chapter. While the story is captivating with its descriptions of pirates, deserted islands, and the endless blue ocean, it also makes one think about what is worth the most in life, and how quickly men seem to compromise their integrity in pursuit of things that “moth and dust doth corrupt” and have no enduring value.
The novel is pure narrative pleasure – a treasure in itself. The imagery, the dialogue, and the interaction of the characters make a classic story.
Treasure Island is, in the words of G. K. Chesterton,
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.
- Author: Robert Lewis Balfour Stevenson (1850-1894)
- Original title: Treasure Island
- Original language: English
- Genre: Adventure novel
- Publication year: 1883
- Public: Adults, teenagers