Monday, September 15, 2014

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie (audio)

Peter Pan

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

The character of Peter Pan first came to life in the stories J. M. Barrie told to five brothers -- three of whom were named Peter, John, and Michael. Peter Pan is considered one of the greatest children's stories of all time and continues to charm readers one hundred years after its first appearance as a play in 1904.
The adventures of the three Darling children in Never-Never Land with Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up. Illustrations compiled from late nineteenth and early twentieth century editions of the book.


My thoughts:
I have never read Peter Pan so I checked it out in audio form from the library.  Amazingly enough, it followed the Disney movie version very well.  There were no surprises and  no real revelations either.  I think we all have those moments when we would rather not be grown up and responsible, but I love how Wendy realizes that at some point it has to happen and it is not the end of the world.  The rest of the boys don't seem to end up quite as happily as she does.  I also never go the sense that they were gone for quite as long as they were in the books, that their parents were waiting and hoping for their return for months.  Peter seems even more selfish in the book, with the way when they play pretend games he views them as just as real as reality, as if being in Neverland has causes him to be unable to differentiate real from pretend.


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