A novel by the name of Treasure Island shaped the perception of pirate for millions of people. Robert Louis Stevenson’s adventure novel made us picture pirates with one wooden leg and a parrot on their shoulders. The novel that birthed that image is as wild as the legacy it has left behind.
Treasure Island: Summary
Jim Hawkins, the son of an innkeeper, is warned of “a one-legged seafaring man.” A few days later, a violent fight breaks out at the inn and Jim and his mother get caught in the middle of the fight for a treasure map. When the pirates suspect the innkeepers of being in the possession of the map, the mother-son duo flee.
Jim and his mother escape and take money and an envelope that one of the pirates had. In the envelope, Jim finds a treasure map. After asking physician Dr. Livesey and the squire John Trelawney for more information, the trio decides to make an expedition to the island in search of the treasure.
Jim and his two companions decide to travel by ship and hire a crew to help them travel. Unknowing to them, most of the crew is also after the treasure. Those crew members served under the infamous pirate Captain Flint, the same one who drew the treasure map. Now, Jim has to save the lives of his friends and retrieve the treasure without any of his friends dying. As he has seen, the pirates are ruthless and will kill anyone over the treasure.
Treasure Island is a fun adventure novel with a lot of disputes. The fact that it is pitched as a kid-friendly novel nowadays is interesting since it doesn’t read like one. Still, it does grab onto your imagination no matter what age you are. Just like Alice in Wonderland, the novel finds a home with a certain audience.
I won’t sit here and say that the novel was life changing. It wasn’t but I still enjoyed it. It was informative and I do like seeing first hand the novel that shaped my idea of pirates growing up. Amazing that a novel published in the 19th century has that much of an influence in the 20th and 21st century.
I would definitely recommend the novel. It is a quick read and it isn’t quite what you expect. Who doesn’t like a good sea adventure novel?