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Peter Pan first flew across a London stage in 1904, overwhelming audiences with its tale of a magical boy who never grows up, who lures young Wendy and her brothers to Neverland, where they meet pirates, Indians, fairies, and the Lost Boys. J. M. Barrie revised and expanded the story and published it as this novel. For children, it remains a marvelous mix of fantasy and ad ...more
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Published August 25th 2008 by Tantor Media (first published 1904)
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K.D. Absolutely
Aug 21, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books
Shelves: 501, childrens
A story of a dead child and a mother who is missing him.

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
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Ana
3.5 *All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust* Stars


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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.
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Mark Lawrence
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this to Celyn. It's a short book. Google tells me 47,000 words but it felt shorter than that.

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that dissimilar, though it's a fair bit more brutal that the cartoons and having been published in 1911 it's 100 years out of date when it comes to Native Americans!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
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Melissa
Sep 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My children wanted to do our read aloud outside this evening. So we went on the patio and I began reading "Peter Pan." I read about how the mermaids would play with the bubbles, but when the children would come they would all disappear, but they would secretly watch. Pretty soon I hear over the fence our 11 year old neighbor boy say, "Is that Peter Pan?" "Yes," I say, "Would you like to come listen?" "I've been listening from here," he says. So I go on and read about Wendy's rule that all the bo ...more
Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
Read for school*

Really enjoyed this!!
Luca Ambrosino
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ENGLISH (Peter Pan) / ITALIANO

«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

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Nikki
I can't believe I've never actually read Peter Pan until now. I'd seen the Disney version, but this is both more charming and more sinister than that. There are lots of sweet little details, like mothers tidying up their children's thoughts, and the kiss on the corner of Mrs Darling's mouth.

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
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James
Before I get into the review... it took me forever to go through all the editions of Peter Pan listed on Goodreads. While I suppose it's not too important to get the right version, I was shocked at how many there were, as well as that this was a longer series with multiple books. I guess I always knew that, but when I read it, it was just the Peter Pan book, which I believe was the third in the series. I could be wrong... nonetheless... wow... and it's review time and let's do some soaring...



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Brad
Jun 04, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure I can see why Peter Pan is such a beloved "classic." J.M. Barrie's story of the boy who wouldn't grow up just didn't reach me. And I read it aloud to 4 year old boy-girl twins.

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
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Bookdragon Sean
I’ve never really thought much to Peter Pan. I read it when I was very small and again in my late teens, though each time it didn’t particularly interest me. Sure, it was entertaining enough but that’s about it.

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
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Ariel
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
INCREDIBLE! SO WEIRD AND GOOD.

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
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Andrew
Aug 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club, fantasy
I was surprised by this book in many good ways. I was expecting something that glorified the Child and its imagination, and perhaps cursed the unstoppable destruction of our Childinity. I was surprised to see this was not truly so. Barrie loves the Child, but he does not hide its foolishness, its selfishness, its ignorance. The Child in this is almost pre-moral. They have some understanding of villainy, but do not grasp the virtue of a hero. Barrie deems a key attribute to being a child as being ...more
Kai
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
“To die will be an awfully big adventure.”

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
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Wendy Darling
Of course in the end, Wendy let them fly away together. Our last glimpse of her shows her at the window, watching them receding into the sky until they were as small as stars.

Reread in preparation for Neverland this coming weekend!
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

“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
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Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Ever since I was a young girl, I've been obsessed with the musical performance of Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby (which you can view here on YouTube.) I don't think I've ever seen Disney's adaption because my mother & friends could not convince me that any other version in existence was worth watching.

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
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Jean
This edition of Peter Pan contains the text of J.M. Barrie’s 1911 novel, “Peter and Wendy”, which he wrote from his earlier play of 1904. The character of Peter Pan, the little boy who wouldn’t grow up, had already made an appearance in an earlier work by J.M. Barrie, “The Little White Bird” (1902). There continue to be many retellings of this magical story, and Peter is himself a timeless figure; one of the best-loved characters in children’s literature. There is maybe a little of Peter in ever ...more
Jasmine
Not until I heard this song, Ruth B's Lost Boy did I realize how much I miss this story. Peter Pan was and is and will always be my most favorite fairytale of all time because I used to watch its cartoons, movie adaptations, and read the story books when I was little. It's such beautiful memory I have and I even dreamt of him as my boyfriend(well, I didn't know what "book boyfriend" was at that time) and waited for him to appear at my windowsill or sneak in my room at night. Just all kinds of sw ...more
Noelani
Dec 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite book of all time. When you grow up with the "overly-nice" Disney version of the story, picking up this book for the first time can be quite a shock. The book will also shatter the image that most girls have of Tinkerbell but personally-I prefer the original. Johnny Corkscrew, Peter's idea of a kiss, sewing on a shadow, sifting through the thoughts of your children as they sleep... So many things about this book are missed by those who never bother to pick it up because they " ...more
Steph
Jan 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Firstly, let me make it clear that there is actually more than one J M Barrie 'Peter Pan' story (something that I did not initially realise). There is 'Peter Pan and Wendy,' which is the story we are all familiar with (immortalised - inaccurately - by Disney); there is 'Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens,' which tells the story of him as a baby with the lost boys when he was originally abandoned, (which I have not yet read) and then 'The Little White Bird' (which I have not read either), but is a s ...more
Nayra.Hassan
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
العودة لانطلاق الطفولة و التخلص من قيود الرجولة ..هو الحلم الكامن في أعماق الرجال و حققه لهم بيتر بان "الصبي الابدي"👿 بطل أرض المستحيل :لا للابد ...نيفر نيفر لاند
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 به
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Janene
Mar 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
This was such a treat! Three things: 1. It made me realize what a perfect Pan-type Peter I married, so many similarities, some that made me laugh out loud. 2. It made me want to look into my 4-yr-old's imaginitive eyes a little longer. 3. I also occasionally picked up my 20-month-old while sleeping just to rock and enjoy him for extra minutes.

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
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Sepani
I haven't read Peter Pan before, until now and had to read it because of my next to-read book as it is a retelling of Peter Pan. While reading the book I felt boring so I left few sentences unread. I don't know exactly why I didn't enjoy the book, sometimes it may be because I was too late to read this book during my early teens.
Yaz *The Reading Girl*
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY
"Dear Peter Pan,

What I would give to fly away with you! And to go to Neverland.

Love, Audrey"


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"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
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Lyn
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A timeless children’s classic.

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
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Vane J.
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


“All children, except one, grow up”


When I was a kid, I used to think Peter Pan was fantastic. He didn't grow and could do everything he wanted without parents scolding him. After some years I started to be more wary about him. I didn't like how reckless he was and how he lured little children out of their beds. That was my conception of him before starting this book. And indeed, he was a bit like that.

You see, the Disney movie isn't really that far from the original story. The difference is tha
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Marine
All these years I've travelled far away from the Peter Pan phenomenon, from Disney to the numerous movies inspired by the novel (the only thing I remember is that great attraction in Disneyland Paris where you're surrounded by stars and you fly in the Jolly Roger - but I think I digress). I still don't understand how I could have avoided such a masterpiece at school, or how nobody ever told me before to put down my cartoons and go read something that important.

Everything involved here is so bea
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Patricia Bejarano
Primer libro del 2017 y no he podido elegir mejor porque lo he amado.
Me ha parecido una delicia y lo he disfrutado muchísimo. Es un libro lleno de magia y se pueden sacar muchas conclusiones con las cosas que vas leyendo y no solo las obvias. No sé, ha sido una lectura bonita e interesante que me ha encantando de principio a fin. Y el capítulo final ha sido increíble. Todos tenemos una idea de Peter Pan por las películas, pero leer estas páginas ha sido la mejor decisión.
Chris_P
“I’m youth, I’m joy, I’m a little bird that has broken out of the egg.”

J. M. Barrie lost his brother at the age of six. From then on, he dedicated his every day to trying to make his mother laugh and filling the gap her other son left her. This incident defined Barrie's psychology and provided the very fabric he used to write Peter Pan. However, to try to analyze this fairytale in terms of psychology would be to miss the pure magic that leaks from its pages, thus depriving yourself of the feel
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Elaina
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Peter Pan!!! :D It was definitely an interesting read, and sure, the writing style could be a little strange at times, but I couldn’t help but love the world of Neverland and it’s unique people who lived there. I actually didn’t like Peter Pan himself though…He was cocky and very rude sometimes…I did, however, like that every character was different in their own way. The lost boys, Wendy, and Mrs. Darling were probably my favorite characters to re ...more
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Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan.

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
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