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Treasure Island

WHAT an adventure. I just read Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (free at Amazon) and was totally entertained. This book is basically canon for all subsequent pirate tales afterwards. I found out that he started the idea of X marks the spot! How cool!

“Literarily” speaking, it’s a bildungsroman that follows young Jim Hawkins as he meets the old pirate Billy Bones, who dies, leaving a map of Treasure Island where Captain Flint’s booty is buried. Jim Hawkins sets out to retrieve this treasure but finds out that the crew has actually been infiltrated by Captain Flint’s old crew. This has such great characters, especially Long John Silver. Really great, definitely recommended for anyone.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (free at Feedbooks) is a short story about a certain Dr. Jekyll whose experiments turn him into a Mr. Hyde who seems to personify the evil within him. It’s told from the point of view of his lawyer who attempts to uncover the mystery, as it seems that Mr. Hyde was another man who exerted a terrible influence on Dr. Jekyll.

I’ve never really seen any adaptations of this story but again this is a story that everyone knows. I was just really intrigued by the idea of this other character not being one’s counterpart but in fact the evil that is within us. Very interesting – I had always assumed that the Mr. Hyde was the opposite but Stevenson seems to explore the possibility of an unknown, inner evil.

There was one line that I thought was quite clever early on, when the lawyer is trying to find this mysterious Mr. Hyde:

“If he be Mr. Hyde,” he had thought, “I shall be Mr. Seek.”
(Location 169)