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Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and Peter and Wendy

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  3,525 ratings  ·  119 reviews
"Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens" and "Peter and Wendy" combines the two main works from which we find J. M. Barrie's most popular character, Peter Pan. In Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens we are first introduced to 'the boy who wouldn't grow up'. Following the success of this work Barrie wrote a stage play entitled "Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up." It is upon t ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Digireads.com (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
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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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
Sinead
Some books will always remain classics. Harry Potter, the Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings. They will be remembered for years to come. So will Peter Pan. Most people know it as the 1956 Disney movie, which is what I knew it as too. Then I watched the 2003 real-life film, and Finding Neverland (the retelling of how Barrie was inspired to write Peter Pan). Watching all those movies got me a little obsessed with Peter and the wonderful and exciting world of Neverland, where mermaids, pirates ...more
Andrea
Inspired by Barrie’s friendship and patronage of the Llewelyn Davies family, the story of Peter Pan, the boy who will never grow up, first appeared in Barrie’s 1902 novel The Little White Bird, written for adults, as a story the narrator tells a young boy as they walk in Kensington Gardens. The section where Pan first appears is included in the Penguin Edition and is definitely worth reading in order to understand Pan’s myth. The story we are most familiar with, however, was published in novel f ...more
Yousra Bushehri
Re-Read Review
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!!

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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
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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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Susan
Despite the issues of racism, I found this book beautifully written.
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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Andrea Ces
May 26, 2015 Andrea Ces rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To those who think parenting (as most things) has two sides to everything.

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

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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.
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.
Anne Deichert
Like a lot of people my age, I grew up with the Disney adaptation of every fairy tale or children's story they came out with, Peter Pan being no exception. I went for a while with that as the only version I knew, but my mother introduced me to Mary Martin in the musical adaption which, looking back, is surprisingly close to the book's plot. In high school I had the extreme pleasure to see the play Peter and Alice based on the lives of the children that inspired the characters of Peter Pan and Al ...more
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.♥)
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
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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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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Bruna
J. M. Barrie did such an awesome job while writing this 2 stories. "Peter and Wendy" is the story we all know since ever, that the Disney made the movie about. It is a great story and it's something that you can learn a lot with. Reading the words that Barrie used to explain Wendy feelings for Peter and the way he didn't want to become a grown up man is amazing. And the way sometimes he speaks directly with us, the readers, turns the book in a real funny one, even though the antique language.
I
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Adrienne
OLD TIME (PRE-1920) CATEGORY
Peter and Wendy is the novel of the play that introduced the world to the boy that would never grow up. Wendy and her brothers meet Peter Pan when he flies through their window in search of his shadow. After Wendy sews his shadow to him (of course, not without the exchange of a kiss and a thimble), she and her brothers fly away with Peter to Neverland, the fantastical island of eternal childhood. There they meet the Lost Boys, fairies, mermaids, redskins, and most esp
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Sol  Gonzalez
Durante mi niñez no hubo cuento que me gustara mas que Peter Pan. El sueño de que un día alguien volara a mi ventana para llevarme a un lugar donde no hiciera mas que jugar fue algo recurrente. Creo haber visto la película de Disney muchas muchas veces y toavía recuerdo con mucho cariño esa historia.
Hace algún tiempo, en una librería encontre este título, lo compré en ese momento y lo dejé en mi lista de ibros para después. Pero el que haya acabado ahí fué obra e un desafortunado incidente con “
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Whitney
As a very young child the two female figures I identified with the most were Snow White and Wendy Darling. I think the fact that I had four brothers, two of which were younger, may have had something to do with this, but when I became old enough to read J.M. Barrie's works, the connection grew. Whether one is reading Peter Pan in Kensington Garden or Peter and Wendy, they will not be able to resist the magic of Barrie's story telling. Peter Pan is the adventure that most children, whether it is ...more
H. Anne Stoj
I don't remember when I first heard of Peter Pan. My guess is that it was on a Disney record book, which I still have a box of. So, a picture book and a 45 record. When I saw the film, I have no idea either. Only that I know I saw it. And probably have seen it since, but I can't put my finger on where or when. Yet, Peter Pan has always been a strong influence. I admit, though, that it's mostly been the reshaped version that have held court over the original. I want to say that this isn't the fir ...more
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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.” 31 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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