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1 LARSSON, Bjorn GEDDES, Tom, trans. STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Long John Silver : The True and Eventful History of My Life of Liberty and Adventure as a Gentleman of Fortune & Enemy to Mankind. Second Paperback Printing
Harvill Press, London, 1999, ISBN:1860465390 
LARSSON, Bjorn. Long John Silver : The True and Eventful History of My Lifeof Liberty and Adventure as a Gentleman of Fortune & Enemy to Mankind. Tra nslated from the Swedish by Tom Geddes. London : The Harvill Press, (1999).Second Printing. Pp (10),3-[390],(2). 8vo, art-illustrated card overs. Bjö rn Larsson (b. 1953, Jönköping, Sweden). A fictionalized autobiography of the great Robert Louis Stevenson character. "Long John Silver, the enigmatic, treacherous and yet strangely attractive pirate whose exploits have been recounted by Robert Louis Stevenson in Treasure Island lived out his twilight years on Madagascar, rich, one-legged, attended by a handful of devoted slaves whose freedom he had purchased in the West Indies after inciting them to rebellion. That he had a price on his head and the Navy out looking tobring him to justice bothered him less than the threat of posthumous obscu rity. So he set down his memoirs. We read of his early years before the mast on board a merchantman, his shipwreck on the Irish coast, his life as a cross-Channel smuggler, and later his passage from West Africa to the Caribbean on a slave ship - John Silver himself a shackled slave in the hold, theprice of insubordination. After escaping he took to piracy, first on his o wn account and eventually as Quartermaster to Captain Flint, a rum-soaked brute who was feared like the Devil himself. And why did a man as determined, brutal and, when the occasion served, devious as Long John Silver choose to go to sea as Quartermaster when he could perfectly well have been Captain? Because what he execrated above all else was established authority - he was always (so he liked to claim) with the crew and against the Captain. Inno other way could he preserve his self-respect. In Long John Silver Bjorn Larsson has produced a witty, shrewd and well meditated account of a pirat e's life that, in this seamless Stevensonian translation by Tom Geddes, will earn its place on the bookshelf of every prospective corsair." (from the back cover). Very good. 14.50

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