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Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens : Peter and Wendy (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 1999
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Even so, I did get a lot of enjoyment out of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. Aside from the first chapter (which isn't much fun if you haven't been to the gardens), I was quite entertained. Barrie's theory that people are born as birds and then turn into humans afterward is pretty wild, and I loved Peter's interaction with the girl who was captured by the fairies. Peter thought he played games the same way all real boys did but just embarassed the heck out of himself, throwing the hula-hoops or whatever those things were in the water. Poor guy.
So all in all, you have a great introduction followed by a good book fragment and topped off with an all-time classic. Not a bad purchase at all.
If that is the breadth of your exposure, then you do not.
As it turns out, J.M. Barrie's Novelization of the classic play, told in "Peter Pan and Wendy," exposes to us a darker Neverland, with a self-centered and often borderline evil Pan, who serves his best interests first and only, almost without fail. The often humorous Tinkerbell is similiarly darker, displaying a genuine hate for Wendy among others.
That is not to say it isn't good. It is - terribly so. The believability of Pan and the characters around him is excellent, particularly given each one's specific backgrounds and situations, which Barrie provides for the reader in great detail.
"Peter Pan and Wendy" is a quick and interesting read, and read it you should, for it's literary importance shouldn't be overlooked.
"Peter Pan in Kinsington Gardens" is, regrettably, skippable. You may have never heard of this story, and there is a pretty good reason for that, although it provides readers with Peter's upbringing in the land of faeries, it is rather slow-moving and unnecessary background for the main event of the other story.
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Although it says I bought it as a new book, and it is, the corner of the book was dented and torn a little. I was disappointed.Published on November 6, 2012 by RT
this book is everything i could have asked for and more. i learned so much from this version that i never knew before, and the only thing that would make this better would be if... Read morePublished on May 18, 2012 by Rema Cyphers