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Peter Pan (Modern Library Classics) Paperback – October 12, 2004
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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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just couldn't get into this classic. I persisted for a while and then abandoned it. I did not enjoy the characters and style of writing which I found to be disjointed.Published 4 days ago by gianouts
I love it! I love how it is hardcover and I think the cover of the book is just beautiful! I can't wait to read the story!Published 14 days ago by Courtney
I sent this book back simply because it was low quality. The picture on the cover is blurry and really pixelated and the actual book looks like it was printed as a high school... Read morePublished 14 days ago by mommybrown2010
I should rate J. M. Barrie? I think not. My favorite fairy tale, although thoroughly immersed in and reflecting the accepted role models of the early 20th century. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Marcia
If you want a quality book, look elsewhere. This book is very low quality. The illustrations look like they were taken from Google Image search, the cover being especially blurry. Read morePublished 20 days ago by me