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  1. Jason Pettus Jason Pettus says:

    Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am the original author of this essay as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegallyRegular readers will remember what an unexpected fan I became of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island back when I first read it a few years ago as part of the CCLaP 100 essay series on literary classics; and with this being a Victorian Age public domain work there are of course dozens of unofficial seuels floating around out there One of those is called Jim Hawkins and the Curse of Treasure Island an unusually faithful seuel that tries extra hard to mimic the exact language and tone of the original first put out about a decade ago by Francis Bryan; but as it's become clear because of a new reprinting last year that's actually the pen name of revered British man of letters Frank Delaney a Booker judge and the literary director of the Edinburgh Festival who has produced a host of popular documentaries for the BBC over the decades and who among other things is in the middle of doing a 25 YEAR PODCAST where he examines James Joyce's Ulysses one line at a time So it makes sense that this homage to Stevenson would be unusually spot on in its voice and subject matter because this is what Delaney does is treat classic literature very very seriously; and I have to say it was just as much a delight to read as the original and feels very much like a lost seuel by Stevenson himself that maybe just happened to surface within the last few years Granted if you're not a natural fan of Victorian action tales you can pretty safely skip this; but if you are you should absolutely put this on your must read list right awayOut of 10 85 or 95 for fans of Victorian thrillers

  2. Bree Bree says:

    The book overall was definetly written with the spirit of Stevenson's orginal in mind And it holds true to that spirit though it is a bit morbid than Stevenson ever wasAnd by 'morbid' I mean violent mostly torturous violence which seems to be an emerging trend in books I've read as of lateHowever it was a good story had interesting characters and intriguing plot twists and thankfully the characters who remained from the original story were not toyed with in such a way as to do them an injustice

  3. Chris Chris says:

    Jim Hawkins is no longer ‘Jim lad’ as he was in Treasure Island A decade on in his mid twenties he has used his share of the treasure retrieved from his adventure to invest in the Admiral Benbow the coastal Devon inn somewhere west of Minehead which he now runs following the death of his father Here he is happy to regale listeners about his experiences without of course mentioning the silver that remains on the island His boastfulness however has dire conseuences as he is now drawn into an enterprise which involves a return to that ill fated island and the loss of any remaining childhood innocence Francis Bryan is the pseudonym of Frank Delaney taken from the first names of his two oldest sons For his own “private enjoyment and satisfaction” and without any intention of publishing he aimed to write a novel that “might test how much language had changed” Having plumped for Treasure Island by his “beloved” Robert Louis Stevenson he attempted at the end of the twentieth century to replicate the idiom of a nineteenth century novelist writing in an eighteenth century persona The result of this exercise proved to his satisfaction that the English language had “changed surprisingly little” while the subseuent publication in 2001 of Jim Hawkins and the Curse of Treasure Island gave us a chance to gauge how successful he was Though not perhaps in the case of the German translation Jim Hawkins und der Fluch der Schatz InselTo my amateur eye his evocation of the language of the novel is spot on though I can’t say how successful it is in capturing 18th century idioms The only time it verges on parody is with the re appearance of John Silver and I suppose that’s to be expected Silver’s turn of phrase seems to me to be distinctively his and any moderation of that is likely to overthrow our willing suspension of disbelief At least Delaney doesn’t attempt to convey dialects whether Scottish or West Country in his orthography; it may have been beyond him or merely part of his personal remit but his restraint does him creditDelaney also keeps to the structure of the original with its schema of ‘there and back again’ Not only does he retain the partition of Treasure Island in six parts but he also includes the same number of chapters As before Jim’s narrative begins at the Admiral Benbow there is a journey to Bristol a voyage to Treasure Island and murderous deeds on land; Jim has a solo sea voyage around part of the island treasure is eventually found and Silver manages to return to the “nearest port in Spanish America” where he had slipped ashore in Stevenson’s novelAnd yet within the familiar outlines Delaney packs a wealth of new details that refreshes and intensifies what might otherwise be a tired and well worn tale Where before there was scant female input here for example Jim’s mother has of a role as well as being a character in her own right and there is even some love interest though I fear that this remains a man’s world and this young woman remains an enigma right to the end Here too there is casual and bloody violence than in the original much of it both shocking and gruesome; and though the narrator at one point tells us he has spared our sensibilities young adult readers may still need a strong stomach Still this much is faithful to Stevenson’s own premise that pirates were simply thieves at sea desperate and lawless men with little to lose and much to gainWe also get to see a little of the world in that we spend some time in Silver’s home port Unlike Hawkins’ map in Treasure Island Delaney’s endpapers map gives us co ordinates with five degrees north and forty five degrees west close to where Jim’s landing party come ashore on their way to Spyeglass Hill This would place the island due east of Cayenne in French Guiana to the northeast of where the River debouches into the Atlantic It’s pointless however speculating which port Jim Hawkins gets to re meet John Silver as we’re given precious little details other than a generic description of a Latin American port On the other hand there is a little of a sense of Bristol than in Stevenson’s novel in that we are told of merchant houses and Bristol’s infamous hills but as usual the most vivid of locations is the island itself especially its central and western areas and the Hispaniola the brig on which Hawkins first sailed to adventure and which re appears hereFor all its realism – the nautical details seem authentic to me and the historical background with its attention to inheritance issues procedures both legal and judicial and the etiuette regarding correct modes of address all appear well researched and understood – there are aspects that to me smack of magic realism The unfortunate castaway who is picked up by the only other ship of significance in the story the faceless cast of sailors and militia who often feel like part of some theatrical scenery the dreamlike choreography of the final battle – while these may only reflect the mannerisms of Delaney’s model the charm perhaps that makes of Stevenson a “beloved” author I find these less of an asset in this seuel Unless of course I am missing something subtle On the other hand the main protagonists are all strongly drawn through their words and actions if not always by their physical descriptions displaying fair play pragmatism humour or loyalty by turnsDelaney’s Jim Hawkins and the Curse of Treasure Island is powerful though as it happens not the only seuel to Treasure Island whether on the page or on the screen many of them somehow include the phrase ‘Return to Treasure Island’ which speaks of the power of Stevenson’s concept and Delaney’s taste in avoiding it though the present title is appropriate to a Disney film or theme park ride It will be interesting to compare another recent seuel by a litterateur Silver by Andrew Motion though I note that this doesn’t manage to eschew ‘Return to Treasure Island’ as its subtitlehttpwpmes2oNj1 cursehttpwpmep2oNj1 y

  4. Liz Liz says:

    I tried but I just can't get into this book There are too many things wrong with it The plot makes no sense and the characterizations are awful The author goes out of his way to make his writing sound like it was from the same time period as when Treasure Island was written but it just comes off clumsy and awkward There's too much telling and not enough showing One thing that really bugs me is that Jim Hawkins is the biggest pansymama's boy ever I've never read the original Treasure Island but I didn't think he was like that At one point in the narrative he mentions that he was never married because his mother never liked any of the women who were interested in him This guy is twenty four years old Also when the new captain of the Hispaniola who is a jerk bosses him around and treats him like a child he just takes it Even though him and his uncle hired this guy in the first place And when something horrible happens on the island which Jim is a witness to the captain tells him he isn't allowed to tell anyone else so he doesn't Even though uh it's something everyone else probably needs to know aboutWhich is the way the whole story is The motivations for the characters make no sense and it dooms the whole premise from the start Jim meets some random woman who is a total stranger falls in love with her after literally two seconds even though she treats him like crap and decides to hare off to Treasure Island again even though she refuses to tell him WHY she wants to go there That's right 100 pages into the book and Jim still has no idea why he's even back on Treasure Island He just knows that this woman who is a complete stranger wants him to help her and every time he looks at her he gets all tingly in his breeches and that's a good enough reason for him darn it But wait Grace Richardson the woman who he insists on calling by her first and last name every time he refers to her which gives the reader the impression that he could be either partially mentally retarded or a robot even told Jim's MOTHER why she wants to go to the island but she refuses to tell him Come on Jim grow some balls If I was going to risk life and limb returning to a pirate and disease infested island halfway around the world I would at least make this lady prove she had a darn good reason why I should do itAnyway it reuires too much of a suspension of disbelief Add to it the fact that half of the sentences sound like bad translations from a Japanese video game and this book sinks into Davey Jones' locker faster than a pirate wearing lead shoes Example My head felt as if it had been hit with something of a hardness greater than I had encountered something harder than stone than iron pg 145Alright I suppose I'll leave this poor book alone now But I suggest you look elsewhere if it's piratical thrills you're after

  5. PurplyCookie PurplyCookie says:

    This seuel to Robert Louis Stevenson's 1893 classic packs a great deal of adventure into a relatively small package However escapades and high melodrama are nearly all that's offered Jim Hawkins the cabin boy who narrated Treasure Island is now 21; he helps to operate the Admiral Benbow Inn where he regales travelers with tales of his seafaring adventures Enter a beautiful young woman named Grace Richardson who traveling with her son is being pursued by sinister types She begs Jim to help her find the pirate Joseph Tait last known to be marooned on Treasure Island Hawkins initially demurs and offers her accommodation at the Admiral Benbow but after a series of hair raising events he finds himself a fugitive and is soon on his way back to the island Grace stubbornly refuses to provide any details about why she must find Tait or who her pursuers are and this is where the story falls apart It is impossible to believe that everyone involved would set off on an expensive and dangerous voyage with so little to go on At least a dozen men die which probably could have been avoided had Richardson explained herself Long John Silver and his famous parrot Ben Gunn and Suire Trelawney make an appearance and Bryan offers plenty of swordplay and spilled blood The ending is a bit bittersweet but uite satisfying in its way More of Purplycookie’s Reviews Book Details Title Jim Hawkins and the Curse of Treasure Island Author Francis BryanReviewed By Purplycookie

  6. Franz Franz says:

    This book is about Jim Hawkins He finds a young woman in distress returning to an accursed island learning the fate of Joseph Tait a murderous buccaneer I like this book because it's fun to read about a cursed island and learning about what happened in the history of a book

  7. Ruth Ruth says:

    A swashbuckling adventure that doesn't let up for a minute Feel uite exhausted having just finished it the premise that takes Jim Hawkins is a little contrived but once you suspend your disbelief you get swept up and tossed about in the briny much as Jim does in one part of this novel

  8. Lisa Rathbun Lisa Rathbun says:

    The author captured the voice of Jim from Treasure Island uite accurately; however what I found appealing in a boy's narrative became annoying in a young man's Admittedly Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island is purportedly writing his memoirs as a man but the reader imagines him as a boy with a boy's feelings In this seual Jim is still fearful as if he didn't grow up to be a confident man for example When I think of that moment now I fancy that I must have given a small whimper But that cannot be so or the horse and rider would have heard the sound However I am certain my heart whimpered from ch6 As the story progresses Jim becomes a little less of a mouse but I would have liked it if he showed a little inner fortitude early on Actually it's funny that this bothers me because he BEHAVED bravely at all times but his honest revealing of his inward fear came across as annoying to me which it probably shouldn't have Part of it may be the form of the novel is a fictional memoir which is reflective and introspectiveI'm also annoyed by the familiar trope of mysterious beautiful lady who won't explain anything She depends upon Jim to leave everything to be her escort and protector yet she tells him nothing Oh I can't speak of it rolls eyes She expects his sense of honor to keep him from deserting her and her child yet she has no reciprocal honor herself to give him some information to help him in making decisions This type of female annoys me to no end one who relies on her beauty as power enough to compel those around her to help her no matter how difficult It especially rubbed me wrong when she got mad at Jim for not telling her something because the Captain had ordered him not to when she herself was choosing to not communicate with him Ultimately Grace says so little that she does not fully come alive as a character to me I feel Jim deserves better I've always liked Jim from when I first read Treasure Island around age 12While the author captured the tone of the original including its reluctance to use vile oaths the author allows his modern sensibilities to slip rather obviously near the end spoilerWhen Jim at last hears Grace's story that of an out of wedlock pregnancy though the birth was legitimate and time spent as a fugitive in which she traveled unchaperoned with Tait he says There is no shame in it Ummmmm he might CHOOSE not to view her with shame but the conventions of the society in which they live what she did was shameful His refusal to acknowledge this sent a decidedly inauthentic notespoilerThere also were several things that didn't ring true to me such as spoilerthe Captain's skill with the sword or how uickly once they faced Maltby they seemed to overlook Tait's unmatched villainy Also when Tait pounced on Silver's watchman and slit his throat why didn't Silver's other men react against Silver feeling that he was putting them in harm's way? RLS had a much authentic feel to his men who though they feared Silver were unafraid to stand up to him if they felt he didn't have their best interests in mindspoilerOn a side note I couldn't help but guffaw when I read this unfortunately phrased sentence I had demonstrated my capability to father Louis Not a bad seuel though it can't hold a candle to the original I did wonder if the author planned a second book

  9. Linda Linda says:

    I remeber reading Treasure Island as a kid and loving it This author kept with the feel of the original Treasure Island and the story was exciting and a page turner Good ole story about pirates treasure and adventure

  10. Patricia Johnson Patricia Johnson says:

    A seuel of Treasure Island by Robert L Stevenson this story continues several years later as Jim Hawkins the cabin boy returns to Treasure Island in pursuit of Joseph Tait I enjoyed this adventure the secret revealed in the last chapter; it was a great and exciting pirate's tale

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The Curse Of Treasure Island [Reading] ➺ The Curse Of Treasure Island By Francis Bryan – In 1883 Treasure Island brought Robert Louis Stevenson instant fame and its characters especially the one legged rascal Long John Silver gained a permanent place in popular culture Now Francis Bryan g In Treasure Of Treasure PDF ↠ Island brought Robert Louis Stevenson instant fame and its characters especially the one legged rascal The Curse PDF/EPUB or Long John Silver gained a permanent place in popular culture Now Francis Bryan gives due homage to the immortal Curse Of Treasure PDF/EPUB Á original with this thrilling seuel Ten years after the Hispaniola sailed with its hoard of gold from Treasure Island Jim Hawkins finds himself smitten by a beautiful young woman in distress and returning to that accursed island to learn the fate of the marooned Joseph Tait the most murderous buccaneer of them all.

  • 291 pages
  • The Curse Of Treasure Island
  • Francis Bryan
  • English
  • 01 August 2015
  • 9780606311724

About the Author: Francis Bryan

Francis Bryan is Of Treasure PDF ↠ the pseudonym of Frank Delaney Irish novelist journalist and broadcaster The name is taken from The Curse PDF/EPUB or the first names of Delaney's first two sons.