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Peter Pan (100th Anniversary Edition) Hardcover – October 1, 2003
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If you're more interested in Barrie's modus operandi, his development of the Peter Pan mythos from his relationship with Llewelyn Davies family and their boys, "The Little White Bird" is an essential source. "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens" is Peter Pan with much of the autobiographical sentimentality scissored out. While this eliminates some maudlin overtones, it also removes interesting details such as Pilkington, the prototype of Captain Hook, whose "shadow was all over the gardens."
The only edition I have for comparison's sake is the Weathervane facsimile, published in 1975. Dover's edition is big improvement as far as readability is concerned. All the color plates have page references, and are inserted in close proximity to the related text. Overall reproduction of the plates is a trifle smaller and a bit darker than the Weathervane edition, but usually richer in color values and with a bit more clarity. One plate, "Butter is got from the roots of old trees," has come off a little too dark and obscured, but overall, Dover has done a fine job.
For the reader who wants to read more about Peter Pan from the hand of his creator, or who wants to give a child an introduction to the character sans all the commercial and sometimes revisionist ballast that's been added since Barrie's day, this edition is highly recommended.
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 ›
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Love it, wanted to read the original tales for a while now. Thank you!Published 9 hours ago by Katherine
The shipping price of $6.26 was quite excessive, but the book was brand new as described.Published 2 days ago by Rose
Wonderful edition of Peter Pan. The illustrations add so much life to an already delightful story.Published 5 days ago by Jacqueline A Shea
This may be on the top of one of my favorite children's book list! If you have seen the movie Finding Neverland, then you will know how J. M. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Gregory Simao
There are too much text, and the paper is not a suitable quality for printing. It seems the paper absorbed too much ink, which results in the pictures look darker, not as vibrant.Published 12 days ago by J. W
Great reading. Very necessary for my 2nd grader to handle the language of the book.Published 19 days ago by mrmtx
I purchased this book to use for my senior seminar class. It is a great classic and one of my favorite books. The cover was nice and the pages were made of good quality as well.Published 21 days ago by Chelsea