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Peter Pan has enchanted children and the young-at-heart ever since it debuted on the English stage. Like its ageless hero, this is a fantasy that will live forever. Wide-eyed readers will follow Peter and the Darling children to Neverland, that wonderful place ""second to the right and straight on to morning, where they'll meet such unforgettable characters as the jealous
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by CRW Publishing Ltd (first published 1911)
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MJ Nicholls
Peter Pan or, How one man’s repressed paedophilia captured children’s imaginations for a century, was a cheery wee book. My reason for reading this as an adult? I have not grown up. I remain frozen in childhood. Whenever I find myself in adult surroundings, like an estate agent office, I wiggle in my chair and fight back the urge to say things like “how can you do that, pretend to wear the suit and act all grown up?” as I suck on my lollipop. Yes. Your humble reviewer might be able coast through ...more
Simona Bartolotta
Nel momento in cui dubiti di poter volare, perdi per sempre la facoltà di farlo.

Delicato, allegro, spiritoso, bizzarro. Un libro per tutti i bambini e per gli adulti che sono rimasti bambini. E ancora per gli adulti che vorrebbero tornare bambini, ma non ricordano la strada per l'Isolachenoncè.
L'intervista immaginaria delle prime pagine, che funge d'introduzione, è a dir poco esilarante. "Chi è Peter Pan? Bé, suppongo colui che ha scoperto la sindrome. Un po' come Alzheimer, o Parkinson, o no?
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Chiara
La prima cosa che mi viene in mente di scrivere, per parlare di "Peter pan" è "tristezza".
La storia di Peter Pan, fin da quando ho potuto capirla veramente, e non solo divertirmi col cartone animato, mi ha sempre lasciata con l'amaro in bocca, come nessun'altra favola o libro per bambini ha mai fatto.
La cosa strana è che non so bene a cosa attribuirla, o meglio, ci sono due motivi di tristezza, miscelati insieme e inscindibili: Wendy che continua a crescere e Peter che continua a rimanere un bam
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Alina
Barrie says of Peter somewhere: “Oh, he was merry! He was as much merrier than you, for instance, as you are merrier than your father.” With all due respect, he could not have made a worse choice of adjective. Merriment is joy grounded in something solid; Peter is certainly gay, but there is nothing merry about him, nor about his world.

Now, I don’t dislike the world of Peter Pan for being magical; if anything, it is not magical enough. The hallmark of a really magical world is that everything ma
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Jolanda
Oh that was marvelous. Where to start? I've been familiar with the story of Peter Pan for most of my life. As so many of you, I grew up with the Disney film. I must admit that it wasn't one of my favourites, but I remember the mermaid-scene vividly. The film and novel aren't that different from one another plot-wise( as far as I remember. Cut me some slack on this one, it's been at least 10 years since I've last seen Peter Pan ), but what struck me most about the novel is how vastly different th ...more
Michael Alexander
Jul 16, 2007 Michael Alexander rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the WORLD
Like the best children's books, especially children's fantasies (meant in its most expansive definition), much darker and thornier than the versions everyone remembers. The novel is even a couple steps darker and more poignant than the play, with a would-be murderous Tinker Bell (two words, okay?!), Wendy getting seriously confused over whether she's a child or adult, the constant description of youth as "gay, innocent and heartless", the mass death of most of the Indians, and the incredible cal ...more
Ayu Palar
I first knew Peter Pan from that Disney’s film, and after knowing the boy for many many years, I finally got into the original text written by J. M. Barrie. I am really impressed since I never thought that the story is much complicated and philosophical. That made me wonder whether Barrie wrote this book for kids or not (from Finding Neverland, he wrote it for kids). I also found this heartbreaking tone in Peter Pan, especially the scene when Peter finally finds that Wendy has grown up. Is it a ...more
Yousra Bushehri
I never thought this book would be as good as it turned out to be. I thought that since I knew the gist of the story that nothing would surprise me or move me in a big way. But this book was a complete and utter joy to read.

I loved and enjoyed everything about it. Everything.

There is also something so sad and heartbreaking about the ending -- I wasn't expecting it, but there is was and I was left with the feeling of wanting so badly to hug Peter and adopt him myself.

Anyway, I don't want to go in
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Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
This book is really hard for me to rate. First of all, I love and adore Peter Pan. The play, the movies (Disney and the 2003 film, as well as "Hook"), and even the spin-offs, adaptations, etc.

We see so very little of Never-Land and all of its magic in this short little novel. The narrator is a little too involved for my taste (Barrie, I still love you for providing me with hours of entertainment...really, I do...no disrespect here...) and for the type of story I wanted this to be, I would prefe
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Antonomasia
Penguin Classics edition with introduction & notes by Jack Zipes

A book "directed in part at younger readers, it is clearly ... written primarily for adult readers", and to remind them what it is to be childlike and imaginative - and less appealingly given Barrie's paternalistic manner "to explain children to adults". I do like the introduction here a lot. It does spend too much time on biographical detail that differs surprisingly little from Finding Neverland - but it only quickly alludes t
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Grace
This book contains both the classic story "Peter Pan" and the story "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens." Though I have read "Peter Pan" before and thoroughly enjoyed it, for some reason in this reading, I came away with a sense of sadness at the end of the story. This may be due to the fact that Peter Pan does not stay with Wendy, and often times forgets to come back to visit her, but also to the fact that we are reminded that we must all grow up and lose our innocence. I feel that many of us ofte ...more
Beatrice
Leggete questo libro solo se avete ancora il cuore ed il coraggio di un bambino...
Non il coraggio di Peter perché questa sarebbe una richiesta impossibile.
Nessuno è come Peter.
Gabrielle
Mar 10, 2008 Gabrielle rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gabrielle by: Ciara
Shelves: fiction
I like the introduction/critique in the Penguin classic books, and I would recommend Penguin classics to everyone.

I thought this book was interestingly written especially based on the common Peter Pan story we know from Disney. The role of the narrator sometimes seems overly involved. Overall the story of Peter and Wendy was a fun read.

I must say that the short story Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens I found quite dull. His adventures were not all that interesting. It is interesting how Barrie dev
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Chagall
Iniziamo con alcuni chiarimenti sull’edizione Newton.
Il libro, sotto il titolo Le avventure di Peter Pan, raccoglie in realtà due romanzi: Peter Pan nei giardini di Kensington e Peter e Wendy (ovvero, la storia che comunemente conosciamo con il titolo generico di Peter Pan).
Passiamo alla traduzione, è davvero scarsa. Basta confrontare una qualsiasi pagina con l’originale inglese per rendersene conto: la struttura della frase raramente viene rispettata. Non è una novità, la Newton non si è mai di
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Mie
'All children grow up; except one' - a classic which never gets old
Alex
1906 - 1911 -

I read this a while back and somehow forgot to write anything whatever about it, or mark it as read, or anything. I remember liking it; it was fairly dark, moved fast. Can't remember if I thought there were weird sexual undertones or was surprised to find there weren't.

Humph. I hate when I don't document properly.
Kathryn
Jan 23, 2014 Kathryn marked it as on-hold
Shelves: books-i-own, classic
It is a blessing he did not know, for otherwise he would have lost faith in his power to fly, and the moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it. The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply that they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.
Amy
One thing that Michael Jackson and I have in common is that we both like Peter Pan. Maybe, like me, when Jacko is feeling blue, he puts on his special fuzzy socks and cuddles up with this book.
Raeleen Lemay
A children's novel with a lot of insight into the ways of children... Interesting!
Ty Zeiter
I've loved Peter Pan in just about everything I've ever watched/read. Even when he was the bad guy I loved him. So, it was awesome finally getting around to reading the original version. J.M. Barrie--the genius who dreamed up the boy who wouldn't grow up, has an amazing and sometimes crooked imagination. It was exciting reading about where his lovable character came from. Except, he's not really that lovable in this original telling. Peter is a selfish, thoughtless, bloodthirsty little boy. Barr ...more
Aya Ross
peter pan is actually p horrible person.
Jason
Peter Pan a book that became one of Disney's many classic. The store is that a boy named Peter Pan. After Wendy helps Peter Pan. Peter Pan took Wendy, and her sibling to an island named "Neverland" Where people never age. Peter Pan take them around the island on adventures while fighting his enemy "Captain Hook".
I have seen the movie 100s of times, and some of the songs, and seens are left stuck in my mind. The book was good. Maybe it could be the nostalgic from the movies. But I have to give i
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Stephanie (Bookfever) ♥Adrian Ivashkov♥
Back in August, I read Tiger Lily by Jody Lynn Anderson, a retelling of Peter Pan told by Tinker Bell's point of view. (Sounds awesome, right? :D) I was so impressed by this wonderful book that I just had to read the original story by J.M. Barrie. When I finally found it at a local bookstore I immediately bought it and not much later I started reading it. I finished in about four days so yes, I absolutely loved it. My obsession with everything involving Peter Pan has been fueled even more now th ...more
Jolene
2 stars for the last 1/3 of the book, no stars for the first 2/3.

I think I would have liked this book more if I had skipped the introduction. I may have ended up seeing things that weren't really there. After reading the intro, I saw this book as nothing more then Barrie writing this story to get over mommy issues.

I honestly found nothing likeable about Peter. He was a sadistic bully who found joy in murdering anyone he felt like. We're told while Peter is away, Neverland is a happy place. Every
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Cécilia L.
I've always wanted to read the original story of the Disney version of Peter Pan that accompanied me when I was a child, as well as the movie Hook and, later, Peter Pan in 2005.

Though I found Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens a bit boring, I must admit it was interesting. Barrie has such a wild, imaginative mind, that has no limits, as literature itself should have none, either.

But Peter and Wendy was a delicious piece of art to read. A very cruel, yet, very realistic work about childhood.

Becaus
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Ann
I can't remember ever enjoying the story Peter Pan, but I was curious about the original, mostly unknown, story after my children's lit professor talked about it in class (Hi Dana!). I really enjoyed reading about Peter's original appearance. The story is very strange and extremely different than the well-known play and book (and movies), but I was charmed by this child's view of Kensington Gardens and loved that all the places mentioned were, for the most part, real locations. I think it would ...more
Nenangs
j.m. barrie, what a fabulous storyteller. yes, a storyteller.
his writing style may offense some of you who claims yourselves as fantasy writers, who often screamed: SHOW, DON'T TELL! Because he persistently TELLS TELLS and TELLS...:lol

not only that, this two, assumed original, stories of peter pan will also offense those of you who continuously cried: GIVE US SOME LOGIC! well, you guys might just better abandon the idea of reading this book altogether, because i will tell you (and you better bel
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Brenna
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens: This was so awful lol. I mean the writing was all over the place and didn't make much sense and the English terms for things didn't help much. I didn't feel that it had any real background story for Peter and it can be definitly skipped for those who are interested in Pan's past.

Peter and Wendy: This is the story that everyone knows and what most people tell for Pan's story. Though I thought there would have been more detail that wasn't told in the films, the on
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Andy
I've just read and reviewed a different version of Peter and Wendy but had also picked this up to read the earlier appearance of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (itself, reworking excerpts from an earlier adult story).

The basic gist of Peter is set out here with much more an emphasis of his relationship with Fairy. Narrated by a wide-eyed, all knowing child, we meet a 7 day old Peter who has flown the nest, recalling his earlier life as a bird (like all children) and relocating to Kensington Gar
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Jennifer
I had to read this book for a uni module called British Childrens Literature, however, after finishing it, I'm finding it very difficult to catagorise this as childrens lit. I really hated this book and had to plod my way through it.

However, in the edition I read (Penguin Classics), the introduction by Jack Zipes was the best thing about it. Zipes' lively tone and informative essay about the life of J.M. Barrie was really fascinating and gave an excellent social and personal background to the t
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Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan.

The child of a family of small-town weavers, he was educated in Scotland. He moved to London, where he developed a career as a novelist and playwright. There he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired him in writing about a baby boy who has
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“See," he said, "the arrow struck against this. It is the kiss I gave her. It has saved her life.” 28 likes
“Again came that ringing crow, and Peter dropped in front of them. "Greeting, boys," he cried, and mechanically they saluted, and then again was silence.
He frowned.
"I am back," he said hotly, "why do you not cheer?”
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