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The Real Peter Pan: J. M. Barrie and the Boy Who Inspired Him Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B019N5WN2U
- Publisher : Thomas Dunne Books (July 12, 2016)
- Publication date : July 12, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 5963 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 416 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,101,311 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Like so many others that have come before me and after me, I met Peter Pan as a child. Not the actual Peter Pan, mind you, but the Peter Pan Walt Disney so gladly bestowed upon the world. Neverland has become a place of mystic legend. A place where one goes when they don't want to grow up. A place where we as children and sometimes adults long to escape to.
J.M. Barrie managed to enthrall generation after generation of children, even to this day. How did Barrie manage to tap into the magic which he bestowed upon millions of children? He had a real-life inspiration in a boy named Michael Davies.
Piers Dudgeon has many talents, among them is bestselling author of biographies on novelists such as Catherine Cookson, Daphne du Maurier, and Edward de Bono, and, of course, J.M. Barrie. In this book Dudgeon explores the friendship between the Davies family and the famous author, even alluding to the possibility of unsavory acts that Barrie may or may not have been guilty of.
The Real Peter Pan gives you an excellent insight to the famous author and playwright. He befriended the family before Michael, the boy who would be Peter Pan, was born. Barrie was a true introvert that only a handful of people really got to know. His character was sometimes peculiar and at times downright odd. But to the Davies, he was like a member of the family and after the death of Michael's parents, he was even the children's guardian. This book follows Barrie's relationship with Michael until Michael's untimely death.
Before reading this book, I didn't know the story behind Peter Pan. A real person to influence the unforgettable characters. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read it. It will forever change the way I see this classic novel.
This is like a repeat of something already published. Not bad, but definitely not great either. I'm always looking to learn something new that was very much a part of my childhood, so it was nice getting some insight into the people who inspired Barrie.
For me this book crushes my childhood dreams of what Barrie intended his famous "Peter Pan" to be about. On the one hand, it's great to get some insights into Barrie's vision. On the other, if you wish to remain oblivious to the darkness of his vision, it's best to avoid this book. Not to sound ominous, but this really sheds light on Barrie's relationships with Michael Davies, as well as his brothers and mother. In light of all of that, there are cliff notes and references that point to accounts already written. Again, nothing new. This isn't a bad book, but I could have just Googled most of the information that was gathered to pen this book.
Let me say that this book covers a lot of historical details. We see Barrie’s life and his interactions with the Llewelyn Davies brothers, especially Michael. Michael was Barrie’s inspiration for the character of Peter Pan and the fantastical world of Neverland.
There were so many details in this book that really shed light on some of Barrie’s motivations and inspirations in the novel Peter Pan. The novel wasn’t really this happy-go-lucky story that Disney made it out to be in their adaptation. Rather, the story is darker, a lot darker than could be easily guessed.
In all, this book gave me a much deeper insight into Barrie’s work and I know that I will never read Peter Pan the same way again. If you are interested in the story behind the story Barrie wrote, I would recommend this book.
I received this book for free from the publisher for review consideration. This in no way affects my opinion of the title nor the content of this review.
This review first appeared at Orandi et Legendi.
Top reviews from other countries
The writing is not particularly great, some themes were repetitive.
Overall, I would recommend you read this, times have indeed changed, but I'm discomfitted by J M Barrie's character.