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Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

This immense classic of young adult and adventure fiction, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, recount the adventures of the young Jim Hawkins among the odd crew sailing after Captain Flint’s treasure. Following strictly a triple time rhythm pace until the very last chapter that concludes slightly off-beat, this story leads us into what has become the canonical expression of pirateness: rum, parrots, schooners, some more rum, and a spectacular capacity to switch sides.

Thoroughly playful and enjoyable, it never runs out of pace while being as innocent and lively as the narrator himself. The fearlessness of the young hero is striking when put in perspective with the thousand tricks and foul strategy laid by the (not so secret) pirate contingent. Every chapter leaves the reader wanting to jump with Jim into his next move, his next observation and instinctive reaction.

This book is a page turner, and I can easily imagine the effect it may have on a young person’s sleep! If you have not had the opportunity to read it, note that it is available for free on kindle and all digital supports. Paper versions come at a soft price, and are a common find in the second-hand stores.

And most importantly: Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!

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