SILVER: RETURN TO TREASURE ISLAND by Andrew Motion
TREASURE ISLAND TAKE TWO?
Treasure Island’s kids –
Story, tone, setting — trying
too hard to stay true?
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