Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Dooty is dooty - Review of Part Four of Treasure Island

Amanda here!

When the narrative switched perspectives, I was a little pissed. I knew I would have to start paying closer attention then.

...Don't judge me.

Most of this part I had no idea what was going on. This is probably because there were a bunch of action scenes. But I powered through it.

At this point in the story I realized that all my going-in assumptions about T.I. were completely wrong. For some reason I thought there was going to be a little magic and a few mermaids in the story. I don't know why. I think I saw a Disney version when I was a little kid and there were mermaids in it.

Disney clearly took creative freedom.

...Davey Jones is mentioned at one point. And that made me happy.

This is Hel, hear me roar!

Anyhoot, yes, confusing section! I think what makes this section so confounding is the ship talk. Poop deck, starboard, yadda yadda, blah... As a Navy wife, maybe I should know a few of these terms. Alas, I do not. And so I really didn't follow very well. I do know this -

Most of the crew has joined Silver in the mutinee of Captain Smollett and the good doctor, squire, and our hero, Jim. The pirates have taken over the ship, and the two groups are coming to blows, losing lives on both sides (though our main cast remains unscathed). This is the part that is really confusing. Though I usually like action sequences, these just don't make any sense to me. I've still got a grasp of the big picture, but many of the finer details are lost on me. What a headache.

Panda and I agree that this book, thus far, is not written for our time and is somehow "lost in translation".

As a side note, I'd like to add that the book has been made into a movie at least once. I saw it at one of my local Reboxes last week!

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