I’m keen to read Sara Levine’s Treasure Island!!! and I thought I should probably acquaint myself with Stevenson’s classic first, to catch any references there might be. I’d never read any Stevenson before; his prose was a bit richer than I was expecting, with some evocative and economical descriptions, particularly of his harsh and unlovely treasure isle. The plot was plenty snappy, with captures, escapes, crosses, double-crosses, skullduggery, and skullbashery. The sailors’ language, for all that it’s basically G-rated, was colorful, vivid, and sometimes pleasantly difficult to parse. (Among other things, Stevenson seems to assume I’m more conversant with sailing terminology than I am.) It also gave me a slightly different perspective on the relationship between nautical discipline and the threat of mutiny. I liked it.
needs more demons? avast!
2 thoughts on “Robert Louis Stevenson: Treasure Island”
One of my all-time favorites, and you’ve described why quite well. The only thing I would add is that the characterization is also really evocative and economical–even the most minor characters feel human.
Mervyn Peake’s illustrations for it are amazing: http://tinyurl.com/clybpa8
Yes, agree on the characterization as well. And I haven’t forgotten your typography recommendation either, I had just had the other book already in my library request queue. Not very far in, but so far Treasure Island!!! is pretty awesome.