Friday, February 5, 2021

Review of Pirate Stories (Treasure Island, Peter and Wendy, Captain Blood) by Robert Louis Stevenson, J. M. Barre, Rafael Sabatini

This review was written by Eugene Kernes

Book can be found in:
Genre = Novel, History
Part of a collection: Collections
Intriguing Connections = 1) Tales of Growing Up, 2) Some Kind of Friendship

Short Description

“Mutiny it was plain, hung over us like a thundercloud.” – Robert Louis Stevenson, XIII: How My Shore Adventure Began, Page 79

“Peter never quite knew what twins were, and his band were not allowed to know anything he did not know” – J. M. Barre, V: The Island Come True, Page 243

“Peter Blood judged her- as we are all too prone to judge – upon insufficient knowledge.” – Rafael Sabatini, V: Arabella Bishop, Page 374

Elaborate Description
A collection of pirate stories. Fictional accounts of pirates which are a major source of influence on how we perceive the world of pirates. From their diverse characters to what makes them pirates. Each book provides

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson:
A captain falls dead at an inn. Jim and his mother collect their due before the others do. When pirates come and take the rest of the captain’s treasure, they do not find the thing they were looking for. Jim already got it. Jim goes to his town doctor and magistrate to see what to do. What Jim finds is that he has a treasure map that the pirates wanted and will hunt him until they have it. The doctor and Jim set off on an adventure to find Flint’s treasure before the pirates get it. Boarding a ship to take them to the indicated island, the company finds that the crew are not what they appear. Jim and his company must survive a must survive a mutiny to find the treasure.

Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barre:
Neverland is a place that many children dream about but forget it as if the place was only a dream. Wendy, and her brothers, are able to travel to Neverland with the help of Peter Pan and Tinker Bell. Peter Pan is the captain of the lost boys, and Tinker Bell is a fairy. Wendy takes care of the boys while adventuring in Neverland. The thing about Neverland is that nobody grows up there. This is a story about learning to grown up.

Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini:
The meaning of honor and justice are the lessons of this book. The drastic vicissitudes of fortune to be found in the realm of governance and pirates. For Peter Blood was a veteran of many wars but unjustly punished and sentenced to slavery. From slavery, he became a pirate captain whose sharp wit and cunning allowed him to garner respect and power. As will all pirates, many enemies stalk his path to regain their own honor. This is a book resembles the pirating world in their fortune, politics, and diverse characters.

Questions to Consider while Reading the Book
Treasure Island:
•What is the raison d’etre of the book?  For what purpose did the author write the book?
•Why did Jim go on an adventure to find the treasure?
•How does Jim navigate a mutiny?
•Is there a way to tell trustworthiness?
•Are pirates greedy?

Peter and Wendy:
•What is the raison d’etre of the book?  For what purpose did the author write the book?
•What are some strange things about Neverland?
•Who is Peter Pan?
•Why is Wendy acting as a mother to the lost boys?
•What are fairies? Describe them. 

Captain Blood
•What is the raison d’etre of the book?  For what purpose did the author write the book?
•Who is Peter Blood?
•What led blood into becoming a slave?
•Why did Blood turn to piracy? 
•How does Blood treat his crew?
•How do fellow pirates treat Blood?
•Are pirates honorable?
•How has the law treated Blood as a pirate? 
•Why was Tortuga hospitable to pirates? 

Book Details
Edition ISBN:  2940162759300
Pages to read:   629
Publication:     2020
1st Edition:      1879 (Treasure Island), 1911 (Peter and Wendy), 1922 (Captain Blood)
Format:           eBook

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    4
Content          2
Overall           3

Treasure Island
Readability    3
Content          1
Overall           2

Peter and Wendy
Readability    4
Content          1
Overall           3

Captain Blood
Readability    4
Content          3
Overall           4