Monday, 24 June 2013

TREASURE ISLAND – Robert Louis Stevenson, 1883

A classic tale of…yes, yes, yes. We all know it is.
But don’t dismiss it because it is famous. We probably think we know all about it. But re-read it. I was surprised, particularly by the character of Silver. He is not an out-and out villain and he is constantly on his guard, wat
ching out for his own life. He is leader of the pirates only if the treasure is in sight. When it seems out of reach he is in a precarious position. He is certainly no hero, but he seems more of a victim of circumstance than a cut-throat buccaneer.
Trelawney is based on a real character, the same Trelawney who watched Byron’s body burn. Again, something I did not realise before.

“Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum” is still an important part of the story but not as large a part as I once imagined.

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