Thursday, August 23, 2012

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Four years ago, I read a factual look at pirates titled Under the Black Flag. Throughout the book, Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island was referenced as an example of pirate life. A kindle version of the book is actually available for free from Amazon. At the time, I downloaded the book and had it on my iPhone and iPad.

On the flight from Frankfurt to Philadelphia, I finished reading Rule 34 and needed something else to read. I started reading Treasure Island and was hooked. Somehow, I avoided reading the book in school.

Written in the 1880s by by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, it is viewed as the quintessential pirate story. The influence of Treasure Island on popular perceptions of pirates is enormous, including treasure maps marked with an "X", schooners, the Black Spot, tropical islands, and one-legged seamen carrying parrots on their shoulders.

I enjoyed the book. It makes me think that I should expand my reading list to include other classics that I missed or ignored over the years.

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