Genre: adventure fiction
Length: 195 pages
Setting: Britain and a tropical island, 1800s
Interest: It is one of the BBC’s Big Read books
Summary: Jim, a young boy, gets involved in a pirate adventure when an old pirate shows up at his family’s inn. The old pirate is in constant fear that his old mates will catch up with him one day. They do, but Jim is able to steal the treasure map he was hiding before the pirates get it. He takes the map to the Squire, who decides to mount an expedition to find the treasure. The Squire thinks he’s hired a great crew, but it turns out the cook is Long John Silver, and part of the pirate crew that hit the treasure. Long John Silver makes plans to mutiny once the treasure is retrieved. The crew force his hand early and there is fighting between the loyal and pirate crew members. Jim is instrumental in learning of the mutiny plans and regaining control of the ship. The pirates are all killed (mainly with the help of Long John Silver, who is trying desperately to survive) and the treasure is obtained.
Final thoughts: While you may think this is a children’s story, there is a certain bloodthirstiness that isn’t appropriate for a sensitive or young child. You can also see how writing styles for popular stories have changed over time. People used to write with much longer, more complicated sentences than they do now. The plot itself seemed pretty simple. I’m glad I read it, since it is a classic, but once is enough for me.
Title comes from: The source of all the difficulty was a map to pirate treasure on an island.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 53/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge
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