|Robert Louis Stevenson|
Image from Edinburgh Hotel Scotland
This book was a quick read because it is action packed, matey. I had to find out what happened next! And the imagery is amazing. I could see the Admiral Benbow Inn, the mist, the men, the island... and the other stuff that I won't mention because it would be spoilerific.
The pirate movies always say, “Shiver me timbers,” but in the book it’s “Shiver my timbers.” Not that I understand the timbers part. There was also “Shiver my sides,” which I can understand since your sides move when you shiver. But what are the timbers? Anyway, here’s an example of Stevenson’s magic--
I should, I think, have had nothing left me to desire but for the eyes of the coxswain as they followed me derisively about the deck and the odd smile that appeared continually on his face. It was a smile that had in it something both of pain and weakness--a haggard old man's smile; but there was, besides that, a grain of derision, a shadow of treachery, in his expression as he craftily watched, and watched, and watched me at my work.
One thing I will say without giving away much is that the book contains a parrot. A sailor with a parrot, in fact. And I immediately thought of that Pink Panther movie in which Peter Sellers dresses in a sailor disguise complete with wooden leg and inflatable parrot. Arr.