July’s Book Club Pick – Treasure Island

A calm ocean with a blue sky and scattered clouds. On the left-hand side of the image is a large pirate ship

Vocabulary

Voyage (noun) a long journey involving travel by sea or in space.

All hell broke loose (idiom) used to describe what happens when violent, destructive, and confused activity suddenly begins.

Iconic (adj) relating to or of the nature of an icon.

Figure out (phrasal verb) solve a problem or discover the answer to a question.

Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest –

Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!

Drink and the devil had done for the rest –

Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!

That’s right, pack your bags, we’re going on an adventure.

Our pick for July’s Book Club is Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island!

Treasure Island is one of those books that most people know of but haven’t actually read. I’m here to say that Stevenson is such a fantastic writer that he makes you want to both wrap up in a blanket and nestle by the fire but also set off on a great voyage.

But for those of you that don’t know Treasure Island, let me tell you what it’s about. We meet Jim Hawkins, a teenager living in a small town who works for his parents, the innkeepers of the Admiral Benbow. Jim dreams of going to sea and hunting for treasure. But as they say, be careful what you wish for.

One night, Billy Bones, an old sailor, arrives at the Inn and all hell breaks loose, resulting in Jim and his mother fleeing the Inn with a mysterious map which could lead them all to an even more mysterious island where the infamous pirate, Captain Flint, buried his treasure.

It feels like an understatement to call Treasure Island a masterpiece. Robert Louis Stevenson (a Scottish writer) created such an iconic piece of work that its characters and places are embedded into our society.

I’m particularly excited to share Treasure Island with you. Not just because of it’s wonder and adventure but because it’s very dear to my heart and has inspired by own work as a writer.

We’re going to change the time of the class for the month of July. The new Book Club dates are:

Wednesday 6th July at 1.00pm (UTC)

Wednesday 13th July at 1.00pm (UTC)

Wednesday 20th July at 1.00pm (UTC)

Wednesday 27th July at 1.00pm (UTC)

And you can book a seat here.

For those of you that do not have access to a physical copy of the book, here’s a free version on The Gutenberg Project

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/120/120-h/120-h.htm

Here are some of the questions we’ll be discussing in the class:

  1. How do you feel about pirates and adventure stories?
  2. What were your dreams as a child? To run away with pirates, fairies, witches?
  3. What do you think of the world Stevenson creates?
  4. What do you think of Stevenson’s style of writing?
  5. The book was serialized in newspapers – do you think Stevenson had the ending figured out?
  6. What do you think of Jim Hawkins as a character?
  7. What knowledge do you have of real pirates?
  8. Would you go on the adventure Jim goes on? Why? Why not?
  9. Have you ever seen a film version of Treasure Island? How does it compare?
  10. How does Stevenson create a sense of mystery?

This content was written and recorded by Intrepid English Teacher Thomas.

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