Though this is generally considered a children's novel it is not really suitable for very young children. The plot is very contrived and with many outlandish adventures. However the novel clearly is as much a tale of psychopathology as the much loved "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde". Captain Flint the serial killer pirate appears only in legend but his behaviour and life story is "parroted" by most of the rest of the old crew of the Walrus. In particular the black spot as well as the treasure map is passed from Captain Billy Bones then onward to Long John Silver now much demoted to cook of the Hispaniola. Long John is a veritable office psychopath whose frequent manipulative swings of affection leave Jim Hawkins more ill at ease than fear of death and indeed torture. Young Jim learns about stranger danger on steroids and most of the all the value of true friendship and loyalty [and healthy habits?].
Ed the Weary