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SILVER: RETURN TO TREASURE ISLAND by Andrew Motion

Posted in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction

TREASURE ISLAND TAKE TWO?

Treasure Island’s kids –

Story, tone, setting — trying 

too hard to stay true?

 

Nitty Gritty:

Fantasy fiction — post-author secondary sequel

First person POV – son of the main character of the original Treasure Island — based on old story from classic book

Old fashioned style of speaking, pirate references, liberal use of references to original Treasure Island story

Trying too hard?

Storyline sometimes too ‘told’ and not ‘shown’ enough to keep reader attention?

Children of the original characters from Treasure Island

Revisiting of the maps, the treasures, the intrigues, the dramas of the original

Themes — journeys, murder, grudges, greed, deception, horror, intrigue, guile, guilt, hardship

Emotional arc – guilt, redemption, revenge

Setting – England, sea, islands, coastal hide aways