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Peter Pan (1911)

by J. M. Barrie, J.M. Barrie (Author)

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Series: Peter Pan (4)

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This is the first book that has made me cry. I never knew it was so sad, and so violent! They actually kill people and there's a lot of blood. The should seriously consider making a grown-up movie about him. And I liked the introduction, never thought of Hook and Peter Pan as the battle between youth and maturity. That really was something that got me thinking. But what really surprising is how sad it really is, and how depressed Peter really is but won't acknowledge. ( )
  adze117 | Sep 24, 2023 |
Wendy, Michael, and John are sleeping when the window of their nursery blows open and lets in a boy, Peter Pan, and his fairy, Tinker Bell. But Peter soon entices the three children from their beds and out through the window to Neverland. There, they encounter mermaids, fairies, the Lost Boys, and the Indian princess Tiger Lily and her tribe; and do battle with a villainous gang of pirates and their leader, the sinister Captain Hook, in a magical adventure which has enchanted generations of children and adults.
  PlumfieldCH | Sep 21, 2023 |
I was surprised by how much adult nostalgia had to do with this novel. The adventures are necessarily the things of childlike imagining and the juxtaposition of inevitable maturing vs the desire to remain innocent. Peter is the ultimate innocent - blithely jumping from one thing to another, never remembering, never really caring about anyone, only in life for the adventure to be had. It is an exciting place to be, but also one that is stagnant. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Aug 16, 2023 |
Well worth reading The Little White Bird; or, Adventures in Kensington Gardens before this because that's where Peter Pan is first introduced into the world.

But onwards to my review about this book:

I'm quite confused by this story.

At 54 years old i really don't remember 'Peter Pan' from my childhood days, but i admit that i had the impression from films and things that he was quite a nice character - as was Tinkerbell. But, in this, the real story behind it all, Peter Pan, in general, isn't at all a nice character - and Tinkerbell certainly isn't either.

Most of the time, Peter is nothing but a gloating little spoiled brat who always has to have his way, else he spits his dummy out of his pram, and Tinkerbell, it has to be said, is a complete little bitch. But then you get moments in the story, in complete contrast, where the 2 of them are bestowed with all manner of wonderful virtues.

Who i did find interesting, however, was the character of James Hook, who was far more complex than the films, etc., would have us believe - frightened and out of his depth, yet somehow always managing to survive - until the end.

Apparently, the character of Peter Pan was based on Barrie's older brother who died as a child, and therefore never grew up. So it does make one wonder just what Barrie thought about his older brother and how he was affected by his death and his parent's attitude to it. He was 6 when his brother died and then sent away, from home to school, at 8. Barrie did write a biographical piece about his mother which maybe would unearth some clues, so i'm going to read that next to find out.

At the end of it, for now at least, i'm left thinking that this is nothing but a critique by Barrie of how his parents handled his brother's death, and also parenting in general (as seems to be quite a bit of The Little White Bird). Although Barrie became a ward of other children, he never had any children of his own, so there is this to factor into these stories.

One of the things that also stands out for me, is how Peter chops of Hook's hand and feeds it to the crocodile that is always ticking and haunting Hook for the rest of his life. Is this a metaphor concerning the death of his brother taking a piece of his parents with him and their inability to move on from the tragedy for the rest of their lives, forever ticking away reminding them of their own mortality? And Hook's view towards the children maybe adds more clues.

At the end of the day, you can read Peter Pan as a shallow, children's, make believe, bedtime story book, or you can look deeper into what Barrie's drive was to write these books in the first place. It's certainly very different to Lewis carroll's drive to write the Alice and Wonderland books - less said about that the better, i think. But whichever way you decide to read Peter Pan i think you'll certainly enjoy it. It's a beautifully written piece of Victorian literature that has stood the test of time and will undoubtedly stand up to a lot more time in the future.

As a bonus, this version of Peter Pan has a "Classic Literature, Words and Phrases" dictionary at the end (which is nearly as big as the book itself). So a great help for anyone wanting to have a good Vic Lit adventure. ( )
  5t4n5 | Aug 9, 2023 |
This book isn't often listed as an example of the dadaism, but I would argue that it is, as an example of experimental prose specifically. It doesn't strictly follow a chronological narrative, and gives the impression of time being warped as it goes. It is written as if by a child, both in the structure of the story and the voice it is told in.
The psychology of this book fascinates me to no end, I could read and analyze it forever. ( )
  eurydactyl | Jul 20, 2023 |
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Barrie, J. M.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barrie, J.M.Authormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Attwell, Mabel LucieIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bedford, Francis D.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Billone, AmyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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All children, except one, grow up.
"Now," said he, "shall I give you a kiss?" and she replied with a slight primness, "if you please." She made herself rather cheap by inclining her face toward him, but he merely dropped an acorn button into her hand; so she slowly returned her face to where it had been before, and said nicely that she would wear his kiss on a chain around her neck.
Mr and Mrs Darling and Nana rushed into the nursery too late. The birds were flown.
At the sight of his own blood, whose peculiar colour, you remember, was offensive to him, the sword fell from Hook's hand, and he was at Peter's mercy.

"Now!" cried all the boys, but with a magnificent gesture Peter invited his opponent to pick up his sword. Hook did so instantly, but with a tragic feeling that Peter was showing good form.
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Please do not combine the novel with the original play.
The original play was written by J.M. Barrie and first performed in 1904.
Peter and Wendy is the title of Barrie's 1911 novelization of it. The novel follows the play closely, but includes a final chapter not part of the original play.
The novel is now usually published under the title Peter and Wendy or simply Peter Pan.
Per WorldCat, ISBN 0805072454 is for a book by J.M. Barrie; not a video.
ISBN 1897035128 is a Blue Heron Books edition of Peter Pan.
ISBN 0689866917 is an Aladdin edition of Peter Pan.
ISBN 014086847X is a Puffin edition of Peter Pan.
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This edition includes the novel and the stories, as well as an introduction by eminent scholar Jack Zipes. Looking at the man behind Peter Pan and sifting through the psychological interpretations that have engaged many a critic, Zipes explores the larger cultural and literary contexts in which we should appreciate Barrie's enduring creation and shows why Peter Pan is a work not for children but for adults seeking to reconnect with their own imagination.*100th anniversary of the play, which premiered December 27, 1904*Includes introduction, suggestions for further reading, explanatory notes, and the original illustrations from the first edition by Francis Donkin Bedford.
Peter Pan, the mischievous boy who refuses to grow up, lands in the Darling's proper middle-class home to look for his shadow. He befriends Wendy, John and Michael and teaches them to fly (with a little help from fairy dust). He and Tinker Bell whisk them off to Never-land where they encounter the Red Indians, the Little Lost Boys, pirates and the dastardly Captain Hook.

The great story of Peter and Wendy. I have in my personal collection a 1914 edition. It is a great story of retaining your childhood feelings of play and wonder of the world. It is an important story for the modern age as I think too many of us loose the heart of a child. A great read.


The classic story of the boy who never grew up, the girl who would be both his mother and partner, and all the wild imaginings of children let loose. Adventure, intrigue, pirates, roughousing, deep dark forests, magic, trouncing the adults on a regular basis, flying, fierce animals, pretty much everything is there. --wendp
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