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Peter Pan Paperback – September 29, 2005
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J.M. Barrie uses his story to attack certain English pretensions and inane formalities at the beginning of the twentieth century, life by rote being one, but "Peter Pan" is primarily about the mind and world of a child. The adults in the story are childhood concepts, as are the animals, water, earth, weather and sky. Childhood has no chronological border even though concentrated at the beginning of our lives, for it is perfectly capable of coming back now and again. Mine does. I hope yours does too, for if childhood never comes back the result might be insanity. And if it never leaves that too might bring madness.
I think that the most important lesson of "Peter Pan" is the final description of Captain Hook near the end of the story, not of his physicality, but of his character. It might very well be a reading child's first realization that we are good and we are bad, at the same time, every damn one of us, and that our sharing of such disparate qualities is cause for love and compassion.
"James Hook, thou not wholly unheroic figure, farewell."
That night Peter cries in his sleep.Read more ›
This complete & unabridged original tale of Neverland(no, it was not ever Never Never Land!) is rich in Victorian/Edwardian England's sense of humor & propriety; of starched strangers getting to know each other across social barriers; of precious parents torn with guilt & passionate dogs bereft of duty. Of cocky young boys & mean-spirited pirates; of exotic redskins & luring mermaids & that dreadful ticking crocodile! Certainly not for the politically correct!
It is also rich in an entirely new way for Raquel Jaramillo has set Barrie's story to photographs in an immediate, fantastically textured, dreamy & magical way. This illustrator has refreshed the images to this oft-abbreviated story & revived its delightful & scary philosophies.
Psychology & political correctness aside, Raquel Jaramillo has done well with this master storyteller's greatest tale. Adults & children alike will be able to identify with the whole cast & once again become immersed in the magic.
"Second to the right & then straight on until morning..." how many nights did I slip into sleep, murmuring that phrase & dreaming I was on my way to Neverland where the Lost Boys made their homes(after all, girls were much too clever ever to fall out of their prams & get lost!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this classic book to read to my daughter. I love the illustrations. I wish that there were newer copies available - maybe the publisher will republish one day!Published 1 month ago by KellyAnne
It’s kind of hard to believe that I had never read the book that started it all. I’m glad I’ve rectified that. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anthony R. Cardno
It is a great light read for an adult, but absolutely no way is this original story suitable for children. Times change and along with it our vocabularies. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Never in all of the years I have been ordering books from Amazon have I been so disappointed in the quality of the product which I received. I wanted a hardback copy of Peter Pan. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Heyward M. Cantrell