Silver

Silver

Return to Treasure Island

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In the eastern reaches of the Thames lies the Hispaniola, an inn kept by Jim Hawkins and his son. 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 Jim and Natty sail to Treasure Island in search of Captain Flint's hidden bounty. But the thrill of the ocean odyssey gives way to terror as the Nightingale reaches its destination, for it seems Treasure Island is not as uninhabited as it once was.
Publisher: [Chicago] : Dreamscape Media, LLC, 2012.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781611207675
1611207673
Additional Contributors: Tennant, David 1971-
Alternative Title: Return to Treasure Island
Summary: In the eastern reaches of the Thames lies the Hispaniola, an inn kept by Jim Hawkins and his son. 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 Jim and Natty sail to Treasure Island in search of Captain Flint's hidden bounty. But the thrill of the ocean odyssey gives way to terror as the Nightingale reaches its destination, for it seems Treasure Island is not as uninhabited as it once was.

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goddessbeth
Sep 03, 2015

I think what I admire most about Silver: Return to Treasure Island is that Andrew Motion has definitely captured Robert Louis Stevenson's voice and pacing. Listening to this (narrated by David Tennant, who does an AH-MAZING with voices) it definitely felt like a sequel in the same style.

Because of this, it's not a story that I think will appeal much to modern audiences. There's a similar swashbuckling adventure side to it, but not much character exploration. The narrator (Jim) remains emotionally distant from the reader, narrating the story as a past event with, by design, kept me from feeling invested in him.

I also really liked that Jim is presented as having made friends with a variety of people that he doesn't appear to know very intimately at all. While *I* wouldn't use the term friend to describe these relationships, his doing so gives the impression of a generous and guileless spirit.

Where the book fell flat for me was (in addition to not feeling connected to the narrator) the uncanny otherness of Natty (who is just....bizarre) and the fact that the narrative frame slows the pace of everything. Even the most high-tension passages in the book felt safe, because of the formal language and self-reflecting asides).

In all, I recommend it for fans of the original Treasure Island, and classic tales of adventure on the high seas. I also recommend digesting this in audiobook format, because Tennant rocks it.

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IV27HUjg
Jul 23, 2015

Rather fun & maybe juvenile, but I enjoyed the ride. David Tennant is so good at this.

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