Treasure Island

By Robert Louis Stevenson

If there is one book which can keep an adventure loving reader hooked, it has to be Treasure Island by R.L.Stevenson. As the name indicates it is based on a voyage motivated by presence of treasure. The whole story is narrated by Jim Hawkins who is an important part.

Jim Hawkins runs a seaside motel “Admiral Benbow” with his father. One fine day a mysterious sailor comes to stay at their place. He keeps on speaking about his mates and some tresure. Within a few days some sea pirates come looking for him and threaten him which leads to his death. Jim finds a map in his belongings and takes it to the magistrate. They realize its a treasure map and that leads to a voyage in the hunt of the treasure. They get a ship Hispaniola. The interesting part happens when the different members of the ship enter the story. Most memorable is Long John Silver. He is very tall, one legged with a large face. He is described as a merry man. The author has added further life to him by his language in which he keeps on singing “fifteen men on the dead man’s chest, yo ho-ho and a bottle of rum”. They reach the island and a new struggle begins where many die.

The story has all the elements like treachery, murder, backstabbing, greed, honesty which makes a thriller. One has to pay more attention when the sailors speak as their dialect is different but that makes the book even more interesting. This is one book which you cannot leave if you start reading so if you are planning to read while travelling to and from work, think again. If you are going for that long journey this is the best companion. It is also an amazing story to tell your kids. This book will also make a great gift to anyone. So the next time you see it on the shelves of the library just get it and start reading.

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The Wreck

By Rabindranath #Tagore

I have always mentioned in all my previous blogs about Tagore that he is the most celebrated author in a Bengali’s life. This is the same reason I bought this book the moment I saw it in an exhibition. 

   The prime characters are Ramesh and Sushila. Ramesh is a nice person who has a good education and a bright future. The story begins when Ramesh, a man from an effluent family, mistakes the Sushila as his newly wedded wife due to a ship wreck while travelling after his wedding. First he is under the delimma whether to reveal his actual identity to his wife or not. Moreover he comes to know from roumours that there were no survivors from the ship wreck. This leaves him shattered, yet he still is unable to shun the moral responsibility of this lady who floats with him. Somewhere in the story he does have feelings for her. Sushila is a simple and beautiful girl who has had a pitiable childhood which has made her bitter still she is prepared to go to any length for her beloved. This is visible from her love for biren her servant. She is dedicated to her people. Her sense of seft respect is revealed when she leaves after discovering Ramesh is not her husband. Its interesting to see how the story proceeds, new characters appear and how they are related to Ramesh and Sushila.

      The story has all the components of a tagore story and gets over the reader slowly. Its a beautiful story of human emotions which can be read by people of all ages. It shows how people separated by destiny, meet with each other. For a lazy day or a long journey this is a perfect companion. If you are fond of love stories then this is a must read.