Return to Treasure Island
by Andrew Motion
Return to Treasure Island
by Author Name Andrew Motion
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- List Price: €17.35
- Format: Paperback, 229 x 152 x 34mm, 432pp
- Publication date: 15 Mar 2012
- Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
- ISBN-13: 9780224091206
An author has to be either foolish or brave to write a sequel to a book that has meant so much to so many readers over several generations but Andrew Motion pulls it off brilliantly. Jim Hawkins has grown up and now runs an inn on the River Thames, along with his son, Young Jim. Little do they know that Long John Silver lives just downriver with his daughter, Natty. As devious as ever, Long John uses Natty to entice Young Jim back to Treasure Island to retrieve the bars of silver that were left behind all those years ago. Unfortunately, the island is not what the young adventurers anticipated and they’re placed in great danger. There’s swashing and buckling aplenty in this rollicking adventure and, while paying homage to the original, Silver is a satisfying morality tale in its own right.
- Matthew Ziruk, Galway
July, 1802. In the marshy eastern reaches of the Thames lies the Hispaniola, an inn kept by Jim Hawkins and his son. Young Jim spends his days roaming the mist-shrouded estuaries, running errands for his father and listening to his stories in the taproom; 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. Late one night, a mysterious girl named Natty arrives on the river with a request for Jim from her father - Long John Silver. Aged and weak, but still possessing a strange power, the pirate proposes that Jim and Natty sail to Treasure Island in search of Captain Flint's hidden bounty, the 'beautiful bar silver' left behind many years before. Silver has chartered a ship and a hardy crew for this purpose, whose captain is waiting only for the map, now locked away at the Hispaniola. Making haste from London, Jim and Natty set off in the footsteps of their fathers, their tentative friendship growing stronger day by day. But the thrill of the ocean odyssey gives way to terror as the Nightingale reaches its destination, for it seems that Treasure Island is not as uninhabited as it once was...Featuring a cast of noble seamen, murderous pirates, and stories of love, valour and terrible cruelty, "Silver" is a worthy sequel to "Treasure Island" - one of the greatest adventure stories ever told - and a work of extraordinary authenticity and imaginative power from one of England's greatest writers.
"His voice is unlike any other." New Statesman "Motion is a beautiful lyricist unpretentiously and precisely describing those things worth having even as he casts unsettling shadows across them." Guardian