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Unclaimed treasure Silver’s last request

Stevenson’s Hawkins returns to island

By Chris Muldrow

The Free Lance-Star

WHO KNEW that young Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver left a cache of bar silver on Treasure Island?

In Andrew Motion’s “Silver: Return to Treasure Island,” that’s just what happens. Hawkins has settled into a life as an innkeeper who trades on the stories of his youthful adventure, and Long John Silver is close to dying. Silver sends his daughter Nat to talk Hawkins’ son into snatching his father’s treasure map for a return excursion to the island.

Young Hawkins is talked into the adventure, and next we know, he and Nat are crossing the sea and landing on the fabled isle. They find, however, that treasure is not all that is left on the island. The castaways abandoned by Silver still live on the island.

Motion’s tale is a little darker and more serious than the original, but it’s a good tale of a hunt for a different type of treasure. And, of course, Motion leaves the tale open for another sequel.

Chris Muldrow is chief digital officer for The Free Lance–Star Publishing Co.


By Sir Andrew Motion

(Crown, $24, 416 pp.)


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