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Title:
Long John Silver : the true and eventful history of my life of liberty and adventure as a gentleman of fortune & enemy to mankind
Author:
Larsson, Björn, 1953-
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Publication Information:
London : Harvill, 1999.
Physical Description:
389 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781860465390
Format :
Book

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The famed one-legged pirate Long John Silver has been one of the most fascinating characters in all of English literature, and now his "autobiography" is available. Larsson, himself a Swedish sailer with a taste for eighteenth-century pirate lore, has fashioned a rugged but interesting life outside of the tales of Treasure Island and given new life to Silver. His personality is charismatic indeed, as he relates much of his story to real-life author Daniel Defoe, on the condition that the Robinson Crusoe writer never reveal Silver's story. In addition, the fierce pirate eschews a life as a popular ship's captain, but serves as quartermaster because of his affinity for the crew, and he still occasionally shoots off his mouth and gets himself keelhauled and sold as a slave. Translator Geddes fills Silver's story with rich seaman's language. The action is exciting, but occasionally the work bogs down as Silver philosophizes about good and evil. Overall, Larsson nails the buccaneer's personality. --Joe Collins