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Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
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Mar 10, 2009

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I picked up what I thought would be a playful fairy tale and got just that; for I had forgotten about the cannibalistic witch in Hansel and Gretel, about the Sea Witch in The Little Mermaid, and about the Wolf in the original telling of Little Red Riding Hood. This is a haunting and horrific tale of abuse and neglect masked with the innocent ideals of childhood. It came to a chilling conclusion and will stay with me for quite a while.

I am quite impressed that the themes in this book were so elegantly masked as to double as a children's story as well as an adult story with very disturbing themes. I will keep my copy of this book, but it certainly won't be the first thing that I read to my daughter out-loud.

I must add that the metaphors the author used, and the sensitivity to language should be celebrated and I do not think it wrong to call this a classic. It is timeless and very real and applicable.
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