“Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest
Yohoho and a bottle of Rum
Drink and the devil had done for the rest
Yohoho and a bottle of Rum“
These are the commonly used, famous poetic lines of the book ‘Treasure Island’ which briefly depict the fate of the drunk Buccaneers. Even I remember this novel with the same lines though they do not sum it up. It is a nick to nick adventure of treachery and loyalty. The two sides make their moves with utter precision but the heroics of Jim Hawkins, protagonist, always inclined the battle to one side. The other characters that play a mandatory role are Long John Silver, Squire Trelawny, Dr. Livesey, Captain Smollett, Ben Gunn, Billy Bones and Israel Hands.
In this tale, plot eventually gains hype which actually starts with the arrival of Billy Bones to the inn of Jim Hawkins. Rude and uncivilized, Billy Bones had the map of the ‘Treasure’. Soon other Buccaneers came to get that map but their initial attempts went in vain. Somehow Jim Hawkins and his mother found the hidden map which was ultimately passed on to Dr. Livesey and Squire Trelawny. Then the adventurous voyage for the ‘Treasure Hunt’ begins. Jim Hawkins accidentally found the evil plan of most of the ship’s crew under the leadership of Long John Silver. Thus, two sides were formed to compete for the treasure. Again the efforts of courageous Jim Hawkins found avenues for his friends, leading to exceptional tale of buccaneers.
In my view it is one of the best novels with guaranteed thrill and adventure for those who have started to read. This novel depicts the long journey of Jim Hawkins, providing excitement to the new readers who like to live in the fantasy world! Like the novel I would also like to end my review with the same lines as given below:
“But one man of her crew alive,
What put to sea with seventy-five.”
Book Rating: 4.5/5.0