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Peter Pan [Mass Market Paperback]

J.M. Barrie
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March 1 1985 0553211781 978-0553211788 Reissue
Considered a masterpiece since its first appearance on stage in 1904, Peter Pan is J. M. Barrie’s most famous work and arguably the greatest of all children’s stories. While it is a wonderful fantasy for the young, Peter Pan, particularly in the novel form Barrie published in 1911, says something important to all of us. Here “the boy who wouldn’t grow up” and his adventures with Wendy and the lost boys in the Neverland evoke a deep emotional response as they give form to our feelings about parents, boys and girls, the unknown, freedom, and responsibility. Humorous, satiric, filled with suspenseful cliff-hangers and bittersweet truths, Peter Pan works an indisputable magic on readers of all ages, making it a true classic of imaginative literature.

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"All children, except one, grow up." Thus begins a great classic of children's literature that we all remember as magical. What we tend to forget, because the tale of Peter Pan and Neverland has been so relentlessly boiled down, hashed up, and coated in saccharine, is that J.M. Barrie's original version is also witty, sophisticated, and delightfully odd. The Darling children, Wendy, John, and Michael, live a very proper middle-class life in Edwardian London, but they also happen to have a Newfoundland for a nurse. The text is full of such throwaway gems as "Mrs. Darling first heard of Peter Pan when she was tidying up her children's minds," and is peppered with deliberately obscure vocabulary including "embonpoint," "quietus," and "pluperfect." Lest we forget, it was written in 1904, a relatively innocent age in which a plot about abducted children must have seemed more safely fanciful. Also, perhaps, it was an age that expected more of its children's books, for Peter Pan has a suppleness, lightness, and intelligence that are "literary" in the best sense. In a typical exchange with the dastardly Captain Hook, Peter Pan describes himself as "youth... joy... a little bird that has broken out of the egg," and the author interjects: "This, of course, was nonsense; but it was proof to the unhappy Hook that Peter did not know in the least who or what he was, which is the very pinnacle of good form." A book for adult readers-aloud to revel in--and it just might teach young listeners to fly. (Ages 5 and older) --Richard Farr --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Grade 3-7-- A pleasure to view, read, and hold, this new edition of an old favorite deserves space in every collection. From jacket painting, to cover (with Tinker Bell embossed in gold), to endpapers (dark maps of Neverland), Gustafson's artwork opens doors to glimpses of old friends and to new interpretations. Fifty oil paintings reveal expressive, changing characters. Peter Pan is dewy-cheeked, spry, wicked. Maternal Wendy is tender, then stoic. Even Hook is at times downcast. The Indians, proud and handsome, avoid stereotype. Masterly composition and use of light create dramatic full-page illustrations, accompanied by cameos of ordinary objects (kite, bear, tea kettle). Compared to Hague's illustrations for Peter Pan (Holt, 1987), which were dark and surreal, these are light and vital. Handsome bookmaking, Barrie's text, and Gustafson's pictures combine to breathe new life into Peter Pan's old shadow. --Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book that Started It All May 8 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Check out the amazing book that inspires the imagination and touches your heart. This is the universal and timeless classic that spawned countless adaptations... and there's a reason: It's a lovely book! Who doesn't know Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinker Bell, Wendy Darling or any of the other classic- even iconic- characters? Written about childhood with children in mind it appeals to the adolescent in all of us- simpler, idealistic, and let's face it: selfish. It's a beautiful book that has been around a hundred years and will be around a hundred more, because even as we grow up, Peter Pan never does!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Pan Review May 9 2004
Format:Paperback
Peter Pan is the timeless classic everyone has grown up to. It has been passed down from generation to generation but it all started with one man, J. M. Barrie. When anyone tells the story of Peter Pan most adults don't think it is suitable for them. They think that it is simply a children's story and always will be. However, Barrie made sure that this story would be appropriate for all ages. Some of the language might be a bit difficult for the youngest range but the context helps to figure out a funny word or two. It appeals to the older range because of the layers it conceals. Behind each game they play is a message. Hidden under each smile Wendy gives to Peter is her hidden kiss. However, this story relates mostly to teenagers as they are going through the stage of growing up. Just days before I read Peter Pan I thought of how nice it would be to be free of homework and school. I thought how wonderful it would be to grow up and be independent. After reading this story, and seeing it exactly how Barrie told it, I don't want to grow up as much as Peter Pan and Wendy don't want to. I first heard the story, from seeing the movie, at a very young age, probably around the time I was 2 or 3. Disney tried hard to incorporate everything from the book but they didn't get every meaning or all the symbolism. For example, Mrs. Darling and Wendy Darling both have a hidden kiss. This kiss is hidden under the right hand corner of their mouths and only their true love can find it. Because Mr. Darling can't find Mrs. Darling's kiss, perhaps Barrie is trying to say that although she loves Mr. Darling dearly, he isn't her true love. Barrie fills his book with the perfect amount of detail and color. Children don't get bored because there is too much and adults don't need any more. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Erin CMS May 2 2004
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Format:Paperback
Anyone who hasn't read this yet is crazy, because it is an amazing book. It's one of those kinds where you can read it over and over again without getting tired of it. There is so much detail and imagination that you get sucked into the story, and in a short amount of time you feel like you are actually in the book. What I especially liked about this story is how it is suitable for both children and adults. Some children may find it a little confusing because of the old language but they will still enjoy it.
Everyone has a first impression of this story; it seems like it's only meant for kids. Except they don't understand that it really isn't. There are so many layers to the story and lessons/morals are hidden throughout the book. Peter Pan has different qualities to it also. There's drama, action, and adventure. I think that kids will especially like the action and adventure while the adults will enjoy the drama more. Even though the story has mainly child characters they act like adults sometimes. Especially Wendy.
I recommend this book for everyone, but mostly girls and boys who are going from the transition from child to adult. Even though everyone will like it anyways teenagers will really be able to relate the what's happening. I found myself relating to Wendy so much that sometimes I felt like I was her! So if you haven't read this book you really should...it will be a classic forever and you should experience the magic it has.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Pan Review.....CMS May 2 2004
Format:Paperback
Anyone who hasn't read this yet is crazy, because it is an amazing book. It's one of those kinds where you can read it over and over again without getting tired of it. There is so much detail and imagination that you get sucked into the story, and in a short amount of time you feel like you are actually in the book. What I especially liked about this story is how it is suitable for both children and adults. Some children may find it a little confusing because of the old language but they will still enjoy it.
Everyone has a first impression of this story; it seems like it's only meant for kids. Except they don't understand that it really isn't. There are so many layers to the story and lessons/morals are hidden throughout the book. Peter Pan has different qualities to it also. There's drama, action, and adventure. I think that kids will especially like the action and adventure while the adults will enjoy the drama more. Even though the story has mainly child characters they act like adults sometimes. Especially Wendy.
I recommend this book for everyone, but mostly girls and boys who are going from the transition from child to adult. Even though everyone will like it anyways teenagers will really be able to relate the what's happening. I found myself relating to Wendy so much that sometimes I felt like I was her! So if you haven't read this book you really should...it will be a classic forever and you should experience the magic it has.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The novel, not the play
J. M. Barrie adapted his famous play, "Peter Pan," into a novel form, I suppose, for those who, for whatever reason, don't like a visual presentation of a great story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by AJ Mittendorf
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
There's so much more than the Peter Pan we've heard from Disney
Also, the autor has a beautiful kind of writing and there's a lot of quotes from the book that are now... Read more
Published 7 months ago by camille
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Piece of Literature; Beautiful Illustrations
There is no comparison between the colourless, lame Disney rip-offs of this story and the original. The original is literature of the highest calibre, for adults too. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Catherine Edwards
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Kindle edition corrupted. Do not download.
I'm sure the print editions of this book are perfectly good, but the Kindle edition is corrupted and has a chance of crashing your Kindle (I have a Kindle Paperwhite wifi). Read more
Published 9 months ago by Matt Musselman
5.0 out of 5 stars Seems Nearly Brand New!
Am so excited about this purchase. Wasn't sure what to expect buying a used hardcover book, but other than the tiniest bit of wear to the top and bottom of the spin, I'd swear it... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Cait M
4.0 out of 5 stars "It is only the gay and innocent and heartless who can fly."
Everybody knows and loves Peter Pan -- the immortal, flying imp who lives in a floating otherworld, battles pirates, and never has to grow up.

And J.M. Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2011 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Pan
What a treat, after all these years of the Disney version, to be given the story book of the original Peter Pan as JM Barrie wrote it. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2011 by DWendy
4.0 out of 5 stars Stroy A+, Artwork A+, Color... missing
I absolutely love the story of Peter Pan. A story one must read multiple times during one's lifetime to appreciate it (as a child, a teenager, an adult, and maybe even as a senior... Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2011 by Paul Poirier
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun
This was an interesting book, full of adventure but also has a more serious side about the need to grow up and grow in wisdom. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2008 by Steven R. McEvoy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun
This was an interesting book, full of adventure but also has a more serious side about the need to grow up and grow in wisdom. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2008 by Steven R. McEvoy
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