In Sara Levine’s Treasure Island!!! (Europa Editions/Tonga Books, 2012), an unnamed twenty-something narrator finally reads Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel and realizes that if she models her behavior on that of young Jim Hawkins, she can change her life!!! For the better!!! She’ll be intrepid!!! Resolute!!! Independent!!! “Careless, clearheaded and brave!!!” Steals an Amazon parrot named Richard from her job at the Pet Library!!! Loses job!!! Lars, her endlessly patient and loyal boyfriend becomes less patient and loyal!!! Endlessly loyal and patient parents become less patient and loyal!!! How will this obsession play itself out? This being the 21st century, with an intervention, of course, something Jim Hawkins (a young man of the 19th century) never had to endure. As might be apparent, I found Treasure Island!!! to be a total hoot. Outrageous!!! Delightful!!! And a good part of the fun for me came from the fact that I became so involved in the lives of the characters that I found myself frequently wincing at their behavior and wanting to enter into the pages of the novel to tell them in person to stop acting so foolishly.
Archive June 2012