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Peter Pan

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
By: (1860-1937)

His name has become a metaphor for one who will never grow old. Peter Pan by JM Barrie is the story of a boy who remains a boy while the world around him changes.

Sir James Mathew Barrie was a Scottish playwright and novelist whose works were received with great critical and commercial success in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. He discovered the main inspiration for his creative genius in his friendship (and later guardianship) with the children of Arthur and Sylvia Llewellyn-Davies. The Llewellyn-Davies boys, five in number and related to the famous Du Maurier family, featured in many of Barrie's stories and plays and some of these works were written specifically for them.

Peter Pan was first introduced as a character in one of Barrie's stories, The Little White Bird in 1901. Consequently, he appeared in a few other stories and plays and finally in 1904 made his debut in a full length play, Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. Following the phenomenal success of the play, Barrie transformed it into a novel in 1911 entitled Peter and Wendy.

Peter Pan is pure and delightful fantasy. Peter's character is far from a “perfect child.” He is selfish, foolish, thoughtless and ignorant and this is where the real appeal of the book lies. Readers are preconditioned to believe that childhood and children must always be portrayed as good and innocent. However, Barrie portrays Peter in all his authentic humanity and that's what makes him so endearing because we truly see ourselves in Peter Pan. The descriptions are fascinating in their detail and intricacy, the dialog and conversations are absolutely spot on and Neverland is a brilliant example of the Utopia we all seek in its perfection and completeness. Captain Hook is a truly evil villain, while Tinkerbell shines in all her haughty magic.

For readers who have only seen the saccharine sweet Disney version, the original Peter Pan may come as a surprise! Peter Pan cajoles Wendy Darling and two more boys to fly with him to Neverland to become the surrogate family of the Lost Boys there. A series of adventures follows, including scary encounters with Captain Hook and the vicious Tiger Lily.

In fact, many readers have found the tale to be quite a disturbing Victorian fantasy about motherhood and emotional immaturity. Whatever the interpretation, Peter Pan remains one of the most brilliant and definitive portrayals of childhood and children.


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - September 11, 2014
Subject: Shame about the readers
what is up with reader number 2's voice? Surely these people should be vetted!
Reviewer: - July 24, 2014
It's a good book, if u like peter pan, ;)
Reviewer: - January 7, 2014
Subject: eBook
I love Peter Pan. I have the movie and the book. I think this ebook was really good. Some of the readers were really good and others did just ok.
Reviewer: - November 15, 2013
I like the book but yet again with the different readers, but they should have the ch.07 reader or the ch.10 reader but the ch.11 reader was too funny :D
Reviewer: - October 26, 2013
Subject: Reviewer
Edgar it's a Children's book it's supposed to be childish.
Reviewer: - September 19, 2013
Subject: 9/19/13
Unfortunately, the book was bad. I think that the book was to childish.
Reviewer: - May 15, 2013
Unfortunately, I echo the others. a different reader per chapter was very distracting to me. Some did well; others were quite poor.
Reviewer: - April 19, 2013
Subject: Just okay.
First time we listened to the "real" story. It was nice to hear something different than Disney or from the Catherine Rigsby stage play. However, we had a hard time with the different readers. Some of the readers were great, but there were three that I REALLY did not like. I would not have listened to the book had I realized they were going to read a chapter. The book and story itself is fine.
Reviewer: - April 9, 2013
Subject: Peter Pan
This is a great book it is full of complete imagination. I think this book is for children my age and many other ages so if this book was rated by ten I would personally say ten out of ten.
Reviewer: - March 19, 2013
Subject: Peter Pan
Love this story


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