Treasure Island

Just spent a wonderful hour listening to excepts from Stevenson’s Treasure Island while cooking dinner… Actually promoting a new translation (in French) in a much more colloquial version than the one I read as a child. I never get enough of this story (even though Kidnapped remains my favourite and not only mine’s!). As a child I remember Old Pew as being the scariest character in the book, Long John Silver being two-faceted from the narrator’s perspective [despite witnessing him kill two sailors in cold blood].

As an aside, this is a definitely “boys’ book”, with no female character but the grieving mother of Jim! When asked to guess which book the radio was, my wife told me she never read that book as a child. And I cannot resist sharing this third drawing from N.C. Wyeth (1911), which I always attribute to Norman Rockwell….

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