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By Andrew Motion

A rip-roaring sequel to Treasure Island—Robert Louis Stevenson’s liked classic—about younger associates and their high-seas event with risky pirates and long-lost treasure.
it really is nearly 40 years after the occasions of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island:  Jim Hawkins now runs an lodge referred to as the Hispaniola at the English coast together with his son, Jim, and lengthy John Silver has back to England to stay in obscurity together with his daughter, Natty. Their lives are quiet and unremarkable; their adventures have probably ended.
      yet for Jim and Natty, the journey is simply starting. One evening, Natty ways younger Jim with a proposition: go back to Treasure Island and locate the remainder treasure that their fathers left in the back of such a lot of years ahead of. As Jim and Natty set sail of their fathers' footsteps, they quick research that this trip aren't easy.  instantly, they arrive up opposed to murderous pirates, long-held grudges, and greed and deception lurking in each nook. And once they arrive on Treasure Island, they locate poor scenes expecting them—difficulties which require all their wit in addition to their courage.  Nor does the journey finish there, because they must sail homeward again...
      Andrew Motion’s sequel—rollicking, heartfelt, and totally brilliant—would make Robert Louis Stevenson proud.

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And the boys? even though the captain endeavored to maintain them occupied by means of atmosphere them initiatives reminiscent of mending sails and checking shops, they steadily subsided right into a lethargy, and thence into anything extra sullen. It used to be no longer tough, even for somebody as blind to the ocean as myself, to achieve this temper may simply spark into whatever problematical. despite the fact that a lot the workforce revered their skipper, and although they have been often sturdy fellows and conscious of the guideline of legislation, a definite insolence crept into their habit. a guy who slipped within the rigging, and needed to be stuck one-handed by means of one other, used to be extra roundly chastised than he deserved to be. Spot, whose general warnings to “Keep away” and suchlike usually rang out like banging steel, used to be threatened with the fish fry in voices that actually made me worry for his survival. The video games of cube and playing cards, which the lads usually performed on deck within the color of a sail they'd prepared to make a tent, produced extra vicious curses than looked as if it would healthy the spirit of a online game. even if the captain entertained us through taking part in on his squeeze-box, just a couple of voices rose to affix his own—and those have been very reluctant. I take into account on one party he sang the bawdy previous fragment starting “Don’t communicate to me …,” within which he offered himself as a lady for our amusement—but nobody was once amused: Don’t converse to me of kindness, sugar-man, Don’t supply me your entire sweetness and your allure; i do know you need to take the main you could, i do know you speak of affection yet suggest me damage. On one other, he gave us the total of the ballad known as “Mistress Anne,” with no unmarried different voice becoming a member of him: while my love was once younger and shapely I led her during the fields, “Sweet maid,” I acknowledged, “lie down with me”— yet no, she wouldn't yield. I led her subsequent to a wooden of oak Astir with making a song birds, “Sweet maid,” I acknowledged, “lie down with me”— yet i feel she by no means heard. I led her subsequent to a winding circulation All filled with tender white stones, “Sweet maid,” I stated, “cross with me here”— yet she despatched me on on my own. “Sweet maid,” I stated, whilst I’d had my fill Of most of these slights and “no”s, “Will any phrases untie your middle? Take pity. inform me how. ” Then “Sir,” she stated, “the global itself Is all i have to love. now not ft of clay and arms of bone yet God in Heaven above. ” And reason why I sigh and moan And preserve no corporation; i've got yet one precise middle to provide And that is still with me. because the captain sang this track, i discovered myself turning into considerate, as frequently occurs after we listen candy track. particularly, i started to mirror on a lesson that our becalming had taught me—namely, that each guy has a common tendency to say no. one other concept was once both alarming. I observed i used to be wrong in supposing I have been born right into a gentler age than my father. Governments and navies may have started to root out the piracy he had lived between, and the workforce of the Nightingale may need reckoned they represented a nobler type of savage than Mr. Silver. yet not anything have been performed to change a basic truth approximately our human nature—namely, the urge for food for savagery passes unchanged from iteration to iteration, and should constantly emerge while an appropriate party arises.

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