by: Robert Lewis Stevenson
There is so much boat jargon I felt like I needed a dictionary to figure it all out. Everything that takes place off the boat is great and that’s what I’m giving it three stars for. Interactions between the captain’s crew and the mutineers were tense and dangerous and my favorite parts. But there was just so much boat speech.
I always loved movie versions of this story and wanted to see the source material. The movies are better simply because they get rid of all the boat information. I’m not a sailor, I doubt that a lot of people who read this book are as well; parts that were boat heavy were a slog to get through. Once they were through and the humans started interacting again, it was a great, fast and fun read.
Three stars for pirate fun. There was even a twist in the last act of the story that I never knew about so I was really excited. However, I put a note in my book that read “chapter 27 finally getting good” because it was humans dealing with humans and the boat bit was mercifully missing.
The songs were fun, Jim Hawkins was a fun character and seeing his a Silver’s interactions were some of my favorite bits but there was a lot in the way of enjoying it for me.
Not sure I’d read it again.