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Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
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Feb 01, 10

bookshelves: audio-book, fiction, novel
Read in February, 2010

Awhile ago, I was reading an forum thread that somehow go onto Peter Pan and particularly how the book is so different from the Disney cartoon. It got me interested in it to check out the original.

Like Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan is an apparently whimsical children's story but with a darkness creeping in around the edges. In Wonderland the darkness feels indistinct and almost subconscious. In Peter Pan, Barrie states it clearly: Even though children are heartless, when they grow up, they lose something that even the best adults never find again. Because of that, children and childhood has an inherent worth (no matter how many measles vaccines they get or how poor their form is), a pretty radical concept at the turn of the century.

It's that balance between the darkness and sentimental whimsy that make this book so compelling.
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