Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

treasure islandWhen Billy Bones enters the inn for the first time, Jim Hawkin, the son of the innkeeper, only assumes him as one of the long term lodger, only paying the first week of his stay and becomes a drunken seaman. It does not take young Jim Hawkins long to realize that Billy Bones is in hiding, from a man with one leg. Black Dog, appears in the inn one day, and Jim Hawkins who is the only witness to the door, hears the fight and bangs and crashes, and is in time to see Black Dog fleeing and Billy Bones suffering a stroke.

Billy Bones confesses everything to Jim Hawkins, but not to everyone. He tells Jim he is an ex-crew of Captain Flint and his ex-crewmates wants Captain Flint’s chest, which is currently with him. And he gives Jim the map. Black Dog and his crew never did leave Billy Bones alone. Some time later, this time it is Pew, a blind ex-crew of Captain Flint who demands to see Billy Bones and hands him a paper to discover the Black Spot, a pirate’s summons, with the warning that he has until 10’o clock to meet their demand. Billy Bones has a stroke and dies on the spot, leaving the pirates to attack the inn. Jim Hawkin and his family lives.

Jim Hawkin embarks an adventure to the island where Captain Flint had buried his treasure and faces the threat of mutiny and betrayal. “Fifteen men on the Dead Man’s Chest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! Drink and the devil had done for the rest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”   This is the song, often sung by Billy Bones, and afterwords. ‘Dead Man’s Chest’ must be Captain Flint’s treasure chest, and ‘a bottle rum’ tells us that the crew are addicted to acohol.

I learn the meaning of amazing saying “dead men don’t bite” ini this novel. This line is spoken in Chapter 11 when some of the pirates are discussing when they will mutiny and what they will do with the officers and such after they have taken over the ship. They are talking about whether to maroon the officers or whether to simply kill them. Israel says that Billy Bones would have killed them because “dead men don’t bite.” The sentence means ‘the dead men cannot go to the living world and won’t trouble us’.

Will Jim Hawkins, however brave and young he is, find Captain Flint’s hidden treasure, or will face the same fate as everyone on bored, under Silver, Captain Flint’s ex-crew mate, who plans to commit mutiny? Over all, it’s a superb and intoxicating adventure book. Weigh anchor, me laddie! The wind’s always fair for gettin’ this wonderful tale under way! Yo-ho-hoo… Adventure is something wild, something that involves treasure and dignity, something that involves the wind hurtling itself across your shoulder. I really love pirates!

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson  born in 13 November 1850 and died in 3 December 1894 was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world.

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