Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and Peter and Wendy (Peter Pan #1-2)
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But to answer your question, no it isn't a sequel, it's a book that combines the original Peter Pan novel and the story in which the very first Peter Pan originated. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens could possibly be seen as a kind of prequel, although Barrie did very much rework Peter in his later works on Peter Pan (play and then novel).
It's interesting if you're interested in the origins and how a writer comes up with a concept and the process that takes place in bringing that concept to life. (less)
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 ...more
Peter Pan is one of these stories that means a lot to me, meant a lot to me and always will mean a lot to me. It's the story my dad read to me about a billion times for a bedtime story, the sequel of the Disney movie was my first ever movie I saw in a cinema.
And my dad always says that it was so important to him because it's a story for children and their parents, with so many layers. And now I'm 16 and a little closer to 'adulthood' than I was than ...more
I'm sure there is plenty to analyse in this novel (Peter Pan and Wendy) but right now, my feelings are unsettled. Peter is cruel, selfish and ignorant. Is it a way to teach readers that growing up is actually best? That children are selfish little pricks?
Peter forgets a ...more
However there were also unexpected snippets of darkness. Although the killing didn't bother me, what did bother me was the cruelty sometimes evident in the narrator. I particularly wasn't fond of the line about Mrs. Darling being dead and forgotten, a ...more
Like many, I was first familiar with Peter Pan through the Disney adaptation. While good in its own right, the book has so much more depth and so many more layers to Peter Pan and the Neverland than Disney was able to touch ...more
There are so many things that you just don't notice the first time. It's just awesome. Like opening up an origami puzzle.
I reread this for a paper I'm writing for one of my MA classes. THERE WAS SOOO MUCH GOING ON!!
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 j ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
We usually notice how classical kids stories have a different origin than the one we imagine. The main core and storyline is there, but obviously, in the kids version they showed us all the second intentions and hidden hits to the society or certain aspects of it are all censured for the sake of protecting our innocence. Or so I believe. Thats the main reason I find it so important to read the original versions of important fairy tales, because even though we do have a clue as to what the stor...more
Mi soffermo intanto sul modo di scrivere, il principale movente di questa mia definizione. è delicato, semplice, scorrevole, come quello di una favola, che pare scritta per bambini ma in realtà si rivolge agli adulti.
Conoscevo un po' la storia, ma in effetti ho guardato dietro all'immagine edulcorata ...more
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.
While Peter Pan and the other story in the book I read, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, were quite short, it did not feel like it at all. In fact especially the starts of both stories felt incredibly drawn out by longwinded descript ...more
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 ...more
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