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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Peter Pan, by James M. Barrie
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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Peter Pan, by James M. Barrie
Sir James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937), a Scottish, wrote this book in 1902 for an older brother, David (his mother's favorite) who died in an ice-skating accident the day before he turned 14. Thus, in his mother's mind, David always stayed as a young boy who would not grow up. J. M. Barrie, a middle-child and then only 6 years old, tried to assume David's place in his mother's heart by wearing the latter's clothes and speaking and sounding l ...more
«All children, except one, grow up.»
The incipit of Peter Pan of J.M. Barrie is the perfect synthesis of the book. I will try to make the point using as inspiration the words of a child, namely three phrases from my daughter Arianna while in the evening she was listening in her bed my reading of Peter Pan (seventeen chapters read on as many nights with the emphasis of a talented narrator):
1 - "Peter Pan is a bad guy" Yes, my daughter did not like to the protagonist o...more
This truly is an odd book. There were plenty of disturbing, surprising WTF moments. I made the stupid mistake of reading some Peter Pan theories that really creeped me out. Things I'm scared of- The Wizard of Oz movie, clowns, praying mantis, John Travolta. Now I can add Peter Pan to my list.
This book genuinely creeped me out. Yes there are bittersweet and endearing moments. The characters are compelling and well-developed. ...more
Many of us know the story second hand through cartoons, Hollywood adaptations, and picture-books. The original item is not that dissimilar, though it's a fair bit more brutal that the cartoons and having been published in 1911 it's 100 years out of date when it comes to Native Americans!
The first thing to note is that it's not just the Never-Land that has a surreal, imaginary feel to it. The Darli ...more
I just didn’t find it enjoyable in the slightest, which makes me feel like a loser since it’s such a beloved children’s classic.
But at least I’m an honest loser?
I didn’t really like Peter.
Wendy annoyed me.
And the humor and tone just fell flat for me.
But, on the plus side, at least I can count this as my first completed classic for the year. This was supposed to be my January read and it’s now February...but who’s counting.
Me, that’s who. On ...more
But Peter is a monstrous sort of figure when you get past the romance of Neverland. He's a wild boy, selfish and cocky. Instead of being a kind of example of innocent childhood, he almost brings to mind the ...more
Things that are great:
1) All of these tiny details that Barrie added in that just make everything feel really intricate.
2) Peter Pan is the most bizarre and interesting characters ever.
3) The whole concept of Neverland being fact of fiction? Fascinating.
4) The parents. WOAH SO INTERESTING.
5) I listened to an audiobook version while reading along which was read by Jim Dale and OMGSOGOOD.
6) The magic.
7) The pirates.
8) Understanding why Tinker Bell is called Tinker Bel ...more
Oh, they enjoyed it, and I may have bred a love for the story in them that will last (which could be exactly why the story has endured -- parental readings), but no matter how much they liked Peter Pan I could not see the appeal.
Wendy drove me crazy; Peter grew increasingly annoying; Hook bored me stiff; ther ...more
الكل منطلق يلعب ويلهو و ينغمس في المغامرات للابد ..
حتى تاتي هادمة المغامرات و مفرقة العصابات : ويندي ..سرعان ما تمل من حياتهم و تقرر العودة للعالم الواقعي مصطحبة معها كل الأولاد عدا من؟ بيتر بان الذي يصبح رمزا ابديا لهذا النوع من الرجال الذي يأبى النضوج و الزواج و توابعه
و بصراحة انا احترمه جدا و اهنئه👍 على صراحته العذبة التي لو تمتع بها ...more
I’ve recently read Lost Boy by Christina Henry and the genius nature of her plot has made me reconsider the original work a little bit. She very cleverly tells the story from the perspective of Peter’s nemesis Hook. And coming from his point of view, it is Peter who is genuinely the one ...more
“I suppose it's like the ticking crocodile, isn't it? Time is chasing after all of us.”
Beautifully written, hauntingly nostalgic, and adventure filled, Peter Pan is not a story that can be forgotten and that has made itself live on in childhood literature since its conception.
So many are familiar with the Disney version, a book and movie which highlights the fun and joyful adventures of youth as they escape a bedroom window and fly in the night to a hidden world rich with adventures. The origin ...more
I didn't love this book as much as I wanted to. Peter Pan's world is this magical, wonderful, dangerous place full of adventures. One of those places every child wants to visit, exactly like Wendy and her brothers. Just open a window and fly away.
I read this book because 1. it's a classic and 2. because it's my friend's favourite book of all times. It was my duty to pick this up. But it wasn't completely what I imagined. The book wasn't as exciting, the ...more
Reread in preparation for Neverland this coming weekend!
As I've grown up (boooooo) I've really enjoyed the movie Hook, & didn't mind the concept behind the mini-series Neverland. However, nothing has ever stuck with me the way the musical did, a ...more
Peter Pan is a fictional character created by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie. A free-spirited and mischievous young boy who can fly and never grows up, Peter Pan spends his never-ending childhood having adventures on the mythical island of Neverland as the leader of the Lost Boys, interacting with fairies, pirates, mermaids, Native Americans, and occasionally ordinary children from the world outside Neverland.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیستم ماه اکتبر سال 2003 میلا ...more
Puede que por primera vez mis estrellas no sean tan consecuentes con lo que fue mi experiencia lectora, porque la verdad terminar este libro fue casi una tortura; no me daban ganas de tomarlo y, cuando lo hacía, estaba más preocupada de cuántas páginas me faltaban para acabarlo que lo que pasaba en la trama y con los personajes. Puede ser porque he visto demasiadas adaptaciones o, simplemente, por su simpleza.
Sin embargo ...more
I’ll concede that the biggest reason why I read this was because of Brom’s 2009 illustrated novel The Child Thief. In an afterward, Brom had said that he was struck by the disparity of the original 1911 work and the later Disney and Hollywood adaptions. Brom highlighted that Barrie’s original work was darker and more violent.
While this is technically true, much of the somber tone Brom noticed was reading between the lines in ways that many younger readers will eithe ...more
This book just so fully captures childhood and the problem of growing up, in a witty way. If you've never read it, really you must! The edition we own is ...more
What I would give to fly away with you! And to go to Neverland.
"To die will be an awfully big adventure."
When you hear the name Peter Pan and Wendy, what does it remind you of? Happiness, childhood, innocence, flying away, love, and so much more right?
That's exactly what this book makes you feel. It is beautiful and magical.The writing is amazing and it is so easy to understand. It makes you feel like you are living in the book and you are either: the Lost Boy ...more
¡Qué hermoso! Se ha convertido en uno de mis libros favoritos, uno al que probablemente recurra un par de veces al año (como es el caso de El Principito) y que siempre llevaré clavado en el corazón.
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The son of a weaver, Barrie studied at the University of Edinburgh. He took up journalism, worked for a Nottingham newspaper, and contributed to various London journals before moving to London in 1885. His early works, Auld Licht Idylls (1889) and A Window in Thrums (188 ...more
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