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Peter Pan (Collector's Library)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 1997
Format: Hardcover
"Peter pan" is one of the best book I love. As like Wendy, when I was a child I loved Peter from my heart. He is a real child, never never grow up and know dirty or gain unnecessary wisdom.. I seriously wanted to fly away to the Neverland. I think it is very difficult to become an adult with innocence. The child grow up to forget how to fly and don't believe fairly or romantic things. So I hope I would be a child forever. I don't want to be an adult. I think this book is not only adventure, but also sad love story about Peter and Wendy. Wendy fell in love with Peter but he hoped her to be a mother. I wanted them to become happy. Child wants love but when he gets it, he is no longer a child. It is heartless contradiction. The last part of this story is very sad, I think.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
Everybody knows and loves Peter Pan -- the immortal, flying imp who lives in a floating otherworld, battles pirates, and never has to grow up.

And J.M. Barrie's classic tale "Peter Pan" really hasn't lost any of its charm, although those who have only seen the Disney movie may be shocked at how dark it can be at times. It's a strange, whimsical little story with a bittersweet edge, but it also reminds you about the allure of never growing up... even if it is necessary.

Young Wendy Darling is woken by a strange boy in her room, who has lost his shadow. That boy is Peter Pan, a flying boy from Neverland who regularly eavesdrops at her house because he likes the bedtime stories her mother tells. Since Wendy ALSO knows bedtime stories (and can potentially "make pockets"), Peter whisks Wendy and her brothers Michael and John off to Neverland.

However, Neverland is not a place devoid of dangers -- there is a pirate ship there (don't as me how; if it's explained, I don't remember), led by the villainous Captain Hook. Hook is constantly trying to kill Peter and his Lost Boys, and it doesn't take long for Wendy and the other boys to be captured. Can Peter save them from his archnemesis?

Children are "innocent and heartless" by nature, and it feels like "Peter Pan" was a homage to that -- it's a childish romp in a fantasyland, where kids can fly, fight pirates and have strange little adventures. Nobody really thinks about the families that are undoubtedly freaking out, or the lives they'll miss out on.

And really, that's part of its charm. It's a fluffy little fantasy story that could have been transcribed out of any child's imagination, with a colorful array of characters who could have been taken out of a Victorian kid's imaginary games (mermaids I understand, but why are there American Indians here? HOW did they get there?).

And Barrie spins out this story in the slightly twee style of Victorian kids' fiction, with lots of details and some charming scenes (the Lost Boys actually build a house AROUND WENDY). It gets a little cutesy at times (fairies are generated by.... baby laughter?) and the handling of the Indians is just horrible, but otherwise it's a fairly charming book.

But it's also darker than you would expect -- Tinkerbell tricks the Lost Boys into trying to kill Wendy, and at first it looks like she's managed. And Peter almost DIES. For real. Not to mention the final chapter, which is a giant lump of bittersweet.

Peter himself is a strangely enchanting figure -- he's almost like a lost Greek god, with a capricious ever-changing nature. And no matter what, you can never catch him or pin him down. As such, most of the other characters don't quite stand out as much, but they're all pleasantly handled -- particularly the three "normal" kids who are all too happy to go to Neverland, until they feel like going home again.

"Peter Pan" takes you briefly back into the experience of being a small child, when you can easily imagine yourself going anywhere at all while still staying "innocent and heartless." It has some flaws, but is charming nonetheless
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
The Collector's Library creates lovely little books of the classics. A treasured keepsake that is very beautifully presented. I have many of these mini books, and I love them all!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2010
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Well, when I ordered this book, I thought, awesome! I'm going to have a classic story on my shelf! What I didn't expect was the small size of the package. I thought, maybe the movie came 4 days early! That would be cool, and my book is coming later today. Well, it wasn't the movie. It was the book. It's very small, so small that I thought I ordered the pocket edition. But no, it is just a small book. But it is chock full of a wonderful adventure, full of pirates, Lost Boys, and a fairy. My only criticism is that they should show a size comparison, because I honestly thought it would be bigger.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I have other Collector's Library books and absolutely love the covers and the typeset. The pages are very smooth and the gilded edges are pretty. Since I have other books like these, I knew what to expect.

The only problem was my own fault. i didn't pay attention to the size. It's very small so please note that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This is my daughter's first copy of Peter Pan. She likes the fact that it is small and can fit in one of her bags this way she can carry it around. This is not the book for you, if you are looking for one to sit on the shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
At this point pretty much everyone knows the story of Peter Pan. I never cared for the Disney version but have enjoyed the other versions, so I wanted to try the original. It was a lot more enjoyable than the Disney version.

Most of the characters are generally unlikable - the narrator even calls the Darling kids brats and talks about how terrible they are. The narrator also speaks ill of Mrs. Darling.

What surprised me most was the epilogue. Spoiler... Pretty much everyone is dead. Mrs Darling is dead. Tinkerbell is dead (and Peter doesn't even remember her!). Nana is dead and was apparently a mean dog as she got older.

Peter was a really unlikable character and treated all of the children terribly. The idea of not growing up May sound appealing to people, but if not growing up means being like Peter Pan, I'd rather grow up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
The original story of the classic fairy tale was so much fun to read! Although I must warn, this will not be the light easy read you expect. It takes a person with a true love for reading and for Peter Pan to truly like this book. My only complaint is that along with my love for reading, I love books themselves. I am trying to collect a small collection of classic books that I love and put them on display in my house. Books are beautiful! However, this book is tiny!!!! It is only a bit larger then a pocket size bible. I was shocked! My fault was that upon ordering the book I didn't read the dimensions. I enjoyed reading it though, nevertheless!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
This version (Everyman's Library Children's Classics) of J.M. Barrie's Peter pan is a beautiful hard cover printing of the book. It has beautiful prints of Francis Donkin Bedford's (1864-1954) classic drawings, full page, in the book. The story is wonderful and the Illustration's are beautiful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This book is WAY small. Like, 3.5 x 5.5 notebook size. It's cute and has the short versions of the Barrie collections, but if you wanted a prettier copy to live on your shelf or give as a gift, look elsewhere.
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