TREASURE AND TREASURE HUNTERS by Richard--Ed. Armstrong

TREASURE AND TREASURE HUNTERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

More hunters than treasures in this batch--the authors are mainly classicists preoccupied with seeking rather than with finding and keeping. H. G. Wells, for example, sends two greedy fellows after ""The Treasure in the Forest"" but has them poisoned by thorns before they reach it; the excursion excerpted from Victor Hugo's Toilers of the Sea is no more lucrative than its title suggests--""Nothing Is Hidden, Nothing Lost""; everyone knows what happened on Treasure Island, and on Edmund Burke's Oak Island nobody found anything, either; ""The Cryptograph"" episode from Poe's Gold Bug recounts only process, the decoding of a Captain Kidd map; in Armstrong's own ""Magic Calabash"" the take is a poor substitute for what the takers expected; and in the Jack London story from God of His Fathers the single-minded Klondikers are murdered by Indians. Twelve heavily-stylized extracts in all plus a handy reprint of Britain's ""Law on Treasure Trove"" just in case. . . .

Pub Date: Oct. 30th, 1969
Publisher: David White