Return to Treasure Island

Book - 2012
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July, 1802. In the marshy eastern reaches of the Thames, a young boy spends his days roaming the mist-shrouded estuaries and listening to his father's tales of adventures: on the high seas, of curses, murder and revenge, black spots and buried treasure--and of a man with a wooden leg.
It's almost forty years after the events of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island : Jim Hawkins now runs an inn called the Hispaniola on the English coast with his son, Jim, and Long John Silver has returned to England to live in obscurity with his daughter, Natty. Their lives are quiet and unremarkab≤ their adventures have seemingly ended.
But for Jim and Natty, the adventure is just beginning. One night, Natty approaches young Jim with a proposition: return to Treasure Island and find the rest of the treasure that their fathers left behind so many years before. Jim joins Natty aboard a ship--the Nightingale--and the new friends set out to sail in their fathers' footsteps. But their journey is fraught with murderous pirates, long-held grudges, and greed and deception lurking in every corner. When they arrive on Treasure Island, they find terrible scenes awaiting them and difficulties which require all their wit as well as their courage. Nor does the adventure end there, since they have to sail homeward again...
Andrew Motion has written a truly accomplished work of literature--rollicking, heartfelt, and utterly brilliant--that would make Robert Louis Stevenson proud.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2012
ISBN: 9780385670692
Branch Call Number: F MOT NVD
Characteristics: 404 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Silver


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Jun 01, 2016

A fun and heartfelt take on a beloved, childhood classic of adventure. Obviously not as good as the original, but a good enough summer adventure read. Might recommend to a bright young lad or lass.

Dec 02, 2015

If you enjoyed the 60s TV show "Flipper" or the "Peter Pan" children's story, then this sequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's pirate tale will appeal - otherwise you will likely be disappointed. The first 100 pages moves at the gentle pace of the ebbing and flowing Thames River. I don't see the purpose of Motion in having imaginary animals in his tale such as the doo-dah (dodo?) and oversize squirrels.

rlbishop7880 Oct 02, 2013

The style was honest, the concept was brave, the story was true...up until the very very very end. So much of this book was amazing and awesome. The voices of the characters came through incredibly well. This was not a sequel, but a true continuance 40 years beyond the events of the original. Only the final moments jarred loose from the carfully constructed foundation Motion built this story on, leaving me wondering if this is where he truly intended togo all along and I just couldn't (maybe didn't want to) see it, or if something happened that dictated the ending. I feel like I should read it again to parse it out, but the ending is the only reason I can only give this 3 stars.

Violet_Dog_1215 Aug 05, 2012

OMG!!!!!!!!! I could not take my eyes off of this book. I love this book and i think that anyone who read this they will think the same thing. Love this book. <3

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