Saturday, January 12, 2013
Book Review: "Peter Pan" by J. M. Barrie
Sounds familiar, right? But I think you are probably thinking of the Disney version, and even though it has been a long time since I saw the Disney movie, I'm pretty sure their version is without actual killing, without Wendy and Tinker Bell pining over Peter and where Tink's jealous actions nearly kill Wendy. The Disney version also doesn't really discuss Mr. & Mrs. Darling's heartbreak and breakdown after discovering their children have left them. Disney also kind of leaves out satiric description of the Darling's concern of their appearance to others so that while they know they must have a Nurse to watch the children, they can only afford a dog, Nana, to take the position.
Disney comparisons aside, I was also struck by the manner in which the story is told. I understand that this was first written as a play in 1904, and then published as a book a few years later in 1911. It doesn't read as if it had been a play, but rather like a story being told orally. The voice of the narrator/author is incredibly strong, goes on some tangents, and asserts himself into the story rather boldly. This could be a fun book to read aloud, even if only parts at a time. Peter Pan is definitely a timeless classic!
by J.M. Barrie
Watermill Press, 1987. First Published 1911.
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