Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Paperback - 2008
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Winner 2009 AATE Distinguished Play Award, Best Adaptation

Based on the masterful adventure novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island is a stunning yarn of piracy on the tropical seas. It begins at an inn on the Devon coast of England in 1775 and quickly becomes an unforgettable tale of treachery and mayhem featuring a host of legendary swashbucklers including the dangerous Billy Bones (played unforgettably in the movies by Lionel Barrymore), the sinister two-timing Israel Hands, the brassy woman pirate Anne Bonney, and the hideous form of evil incarnate, Blind Pew. At the center of it all are Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is a complex study of good and evil, perhaps the most famous hero-villain of all time. Silver is an unscrupulous buccaneer-rogue whose greedy quest for gold, coupled with his affection for Jim, cannot help but win the heart of every soul who has ever longed for romance, treasure and adventure.
Publisher: New York, NY : Samuel French, c2008.
ISBN: 9780573650987
0573650985
Characteristics: 124 p. ; 18 cm.

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ceedeegee57
Apr 12, 2015

While the added plot-line dealing with Jim's father is not always successful, and it is somewhat disappointing that while Ludwig has added a female pirate Anne Bonney (good) she does essentially nothing, never starting any action or conversation (sad Mr Ludwig, why add her then?), none-the-less, the play feels exciting, keeping the best of RLS's original. This calls for clever staging, but I imagine it would pay off in spades, or perhaps "pieces of eight"! There is a fair amount of killing in the story so I'd recommend a mature 10yrs and up.

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Apr 12, 2015

ceedeegee57 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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