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Peter Pan [Mass Market Paperback]

J.M. Barrie
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
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March 1 1985 Bantam Classic
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 A classic Feb. 19 2014
By camille
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 engraved in my mind
This books really makes you feel chilhood nostalgia in such an incredible way... It has such a deeper meaning it'll soon make you realize it's not at all a tale for children!
i own it at home and i've read it at least twice this year
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Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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. I realized when I read it with my daughter that I had never actually read the original.

It is one of the most insightful explorations of mother-son, mother-child relationships I have ever read, and transcends the Edwardian time period in which it was written. The insights are universal. It does of course, also deal with the timeless theme of growing up, and whether we would really ever not want to do that!

In a few respects, it might not seem politically correct today (the Lost Boys actually do kill pirates, and Tinker Bell regularly calls Peter Pan "a silly ass") but it is more than compensated for by its psychological depth. It's a bit like the best Hollywood animated features these days... many funny side jokes and observations in it for the parents as the basic story line is for kids.

The illustrations in this version are also lovely. This was the "best Peter Pan" illustrated version as recommended on a parenting site.
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Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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). The crash isn't permanent, but does lock it up for a good 5+ minutes, and sometimes requires a hard reboot to get out of, after which you have to navigate carefully to avoid opening the title and crashing your kindle again.

An error message on the Kindle suggested deleting the title and re-downloading it from the cloud (assuming it was just a corrupted copy), but when I did so, the fresh copy behaved the same way, and took me a couple more reboots before I could delete it again.

Luckily, since the content itself is in the public domain, alternate versions of the book abound, all at around $1. I downloaded this other edition, and so far it's working great: Peter Pan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seems Nearly Brand New! May 7 2013
By Cait M
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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 was new!
Can't wait to dive into this classic!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun Dec 7 2008
By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
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. It makes us realize the consequences of our actions and also the importance of family and friends.

The questions it left unanswered for me were:
-What school is it that Hook went to? What is known for its slouch and walk?
-The question of fairies that are unsure of their sex? Androgynous like angels?
-Forget fairies and you kill them the power of naming or unnaming

A great read for children of all ages, and if you like Peter Pan then check out 'Capt. Hook' by J.V. Hart for an introduction to Hook as a young man.

(First written as Journal Reading Notes in 1999.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun Dec 7 2008
By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
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. It makes us realize the consequences of our actions and also the importance of family and friends.

The questions it left unanswered for me were:
-What school is it that Hook went to? What is known for its slouch and walk?
-The question of fairies that are unsure of their sex? Androgynous like angels?
-Forget fairies and you kill them the power of naming or unnaming

A great read for children of all ages, and if you like Peter Pan then check out Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth by J.V. Hart for an introduction to Hook as a young man.

(First written as Journal Reading Notes in 1999.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun Dec 7 2008
By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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. It makes us realize the consequences of our actions and also the importance of family and friends.

The questions it left unanswered for me were:
-What school is it that Hook went to? What is known for its slouch and walk?
-The question of fairies that are unsure of their sex? Androgynous like angels?
-Forget fairies and you kill them the power of naming or unnaming

A great read for children of all ages, and if you like Peter Pan then check out Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth by J.V. Hart for an introduction to Hook as a young man.

(First written as Journal Reading Notes in 1999.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun Dec 7 2008
By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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. It makes us realize the consequences of our actions and also the importance of family and friends.

The questions it left unanswered for me were:
-What school is it that Hook went to? What is known for its slouch and walk?
-The question of fairies that are unsure of their sex? Androgynous like angels?
-Forget fairies and you kill them the power of naming or unnaming

A great read for children of all ages, and if you like Peter Pan then check out Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth by J.V. Hart for an introduction to Hook as a young man.

(First written as Journal Reading Notes in 1999.)
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