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Certainly thirty years since I last read this, and I'm old enough to remember the 1977 BBC adaptation with Patrick Troughton as Israel Hands. A total Bechdel fail, with precisely no named female characters (I suppose Jim's mother is Mrs Hawkins, but we're never actually told that); note also that Long John Silver gives, as the reason for his wanting to leave Bristol, that his wife is a black woman, and is believed. And surely the bloke who actually found and dug up the treasure might have been entitled to a larger share of it? Or was he bought out with a block of cheese?

However, it's still a jolly good adventure story, with plucky young hero having the good fortune to save the day for his elders and betters on several occasions. Long John Silver is actually quite a fascinating character and successfully plays several games at once, deceiving absolutely everyone (except, possibly, his wife; in retrospect, it's clear that he is lying about his motivations for leaving Bristol). The shifting geography of power in the temporary human community of the island is well portrayed. I can see why this one has lasted.

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unwholesome_fen
Dec. 15th, 2013 07:35 pm (UTC)
The recent version that was shown on Sky (with Eddie Izzard as Long John) actually included both Mistresses Hawkins and Silver, and I seem to recall they have at least one Bechdel-compliant conversation.
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