I can t believe I ve never actually read Peter Pan until now I d seen the Disney version, but this is both charming and sinister than that There are lots of sweet little details, like mothers tidying up their children s thoughts, and the kiss on the corner of Mrs Darling s mouth But Peter is a monstrous sort of figure when you get past the romance of Neverland He s a wild boy, selfish and cocky Instead of being a kind of example of innocent childhood, he almost brings to mind the boys from Lord of the Flies Near the end, it says that he nearly stabs Wendy s baby And he steals other children.Of course, the moral of the story is that children need mothers It s just charming enough to get away with the moralising. all children, except one, grow upperhaps i could call it a quarter life crisis, but i am definitely experiencing a little bit of peter pan syndrome lately and this story is that wonderful adventure through childhood nostalgia that i am desperately needing a bit old fashioned, for sure, but this so perfectly captures what it means to be a child to long for grand adventures, comprehending how belief alone can allow you fly, and how wishing on dreams will always be the greatest pastime so when i get in those deep moments of adulthood, where i forget what it means to be a child, i know i can always head to the second star to the right and straight on til morning and there, peter pan and the lost boys will be waiting for me 4 stars Peter Pan By J M Barrie Peter Pan, The Mischievous Boy Who Refuses To Grow Up, Lands In The Darling S Proper Middle Class Home To Look For His Shadow He Befriends Wendy, John And Michael And Teaches Them To Fly With A Little Help From Fairy Dust He And Tinker Bell Whisk Them Off To Never Land Where They Encounter The Red Indians, The Little Lost Boys, Pirates And The Dastardly Captain Hook Oh boy I m not sure what to say other than I cannot think of one aspect I enjoyed about this book I tend to gravitate toward dark, disturbing, and twisted stories what does that say about me , but this was just sad with no pay off Each page felt like a chore to get through and I didn t even find the illustrations redeeming I m clearly in the minority, but I may have possibly been bit by the old heard the story so many times that the original feels like a rip off bug Definitely not my cup of tea and I shall choose to bury my head in the sand and pretend this version does not exist The only reason I didn t DNF this was A I m trying my hardest to finish all my popsugar books if possible and B I try not to DNF books under 200 pages if possible Rant is over and now I ll move on to the next read Read for school Really enjoyed this My children wanted to do our read aloud outside this evening So we went on the patio and I began reading Peter Pan I read about how the mermaids would play with the bubbles, but when the children would come they would all disappear, but they would secretly watch Pretty soon I hear over the fence our 11 year old neighbor boy say, Is that Peter Pan Yes, I say, Would you like to come listen I ve been listening from here, he says So I go on and read about Wendy s rule that all the boys must take a nap after they eat and they are all settled on marooners rock when an eery darkness begins to spread of the lagoon Oh, it must be Hook and the neighbor is now perched on top of the fence We go on to the fight and Peter is wounded and can t fly nor swim and is left with Wendy on the rock and the tide is coming in Ohbut they can t really drown They don t drown Do they And the boy is now over the fence There is a kite, Peter fastens Wendy to it and it carries her away Peter looks out bravely and says to die will be an awfully big adventure The chapter ends and the neighbor boy is beside us I smile and ask, Do you guys want another chapter Well, if you want to, says the boy and so there is a devoted neverbird, a mother sitting on her nest that has fallen out of the tree and is now bobbing up and down in the gentley lapping waters of the lagoon Not gonna lie, I had to push myself to get through this.I just didn t find it enjoyable in the slightest, which makes me feel like a loser since it s such a beloved children s classic.But at least I m an honest loser I didn t really like Peter.Wendy annoyed me.And the humor and tone just fell flat for me.But, on the plus side, at least I can count this as my first completed classic for the year This was supposed to be my January read and it s now Februarybut who s counting.Me, that s who One out of 12 complete . ENGLISH Peter Pan ITALIANO All children, except one, grow up The incipit of Peter Pan of J.M Barrie is the perfect synthesis of the book I will try to make the point using as inspiration the words of a child, namely three phrases from my daughter Arianna while in the evening she was listening in her bed my reading of Peter Pan seventeen chapters read on as many nights with the emphasis of a talented narrator 1 Peter Pan is a bad guy Yes, my daughter did not like to the protagonist of the novel I did not investigate the reason for her grudge Probably she didn t like the fact that Peter doesn t want to grow Not strange, when you are a child usually you want to grow because several tings are forbidden, etc It is only when you realize that those years are forever lost that you regret for the lost childhood Everything normal.2 But why Hook have to die My daughter almost burst into tears in the solemn moment of the pirate s death The bad guy of the novel is not that bad after all I like James Uncino too it is obvious that the question was asked by the blood of my blood Actually, it is the death of a central character that shakes the mind of children, a character they started to know and whose presence they are used to And punctually the tremendous question arrives Why do we have to die dear Arianna, if I exactely explain it to you, maybe you also become like Peter Pan, a child who refuses to grow I buy time and go further.3 NOOOOOOOOOOOO The scream is thrown by my daughter when Peter Pan closes the window of the children s room to prevent their home return I think that one of the things that terrorizes a child is to stay without their loved ones The strenght and especially the desire to break away from the family is perhaps the best indicator of the lost childhood.I instinctively associate Peter Pan with the The Little Prince of Antoine de Saint Exup ry However, although speaking the same language that of children , and dealing with common themes, I enjoyed Peter Pan and its sad and sweet conclusion Imagination is a powerful ability, but it is consumed by time You just have to use it as long as you can Thereby children fly with their minds and their heartsIt is only the gay and innocent and heartless who can fly Surely, being all three things at the same time when you are an adult is impossible.Vote 8 Tutti i bambini crescono, meno uno L incipit di Peter Pan di J.M Barrie la perfetta sintesi di tutto il libro Vista la tematica, cercher di fare il punto della situazione utilizzando come spunti di pensiero le parole di una bambina, vale a dire due frasi pronunciate da mia figlia Arianna mentre la sera ascoltava nel suo letto la mia lettura di Peter Pan diciassette capitoli letti in altrettante serate con un enfasi da narratore rodato 1 Peter Pan un cattivone Ebbene si, mia figlia non ha preso in simpatia il protagonista del romanzo Non ho indagato a fondo il motivo del suo rancore Probabilmente stato il voler rimanere bambino a tutti i costi che a mia figlia proprio non andato gi Non c nulla di strano in questo, quando si bambini si vuole crescere, parecchie cose ti sono proibite, etc E solo quando ci si rende conto che quegli anni sono persi per sempre che si rimpiange la propria fanciullezza Tutto nella norma.2 Ma perch Uncino dovuto morire Mia figlia quasi scoppiata in lacrime nel solenne momento della morte del pirata Il cattivo del romanzo dopotutto non poi cos cattivo A me James Uncino sempre stato simpatico, difatti evidente che a formulare la domanda stato il sangue del mio sangue tesoro di pap In realt la morte di un personaggio centrale che scuote l animo di un bambino, un personaggio che hai cominciato a conoscere e alla cui presenza ti sei abituato E puntuale arriva il tremendo quesito, La Domanda con la D maiuscola Perch dobbiamo morire Cara Arianna, se te lo spiego per bene, magari diventi anche tu, come Peter Pan, una bambina che si rifiuta di crescere Tergiverso e vado oltre.3 NOOOOOOOOOOOO L urlo di disappunto viene lanciato da mia figlia quando Peter Pan chiude la finestra della camera dei bambini per impedire il loro ritorno a casa Credo che una delle cose che terrorizza di pi un bambino sia il rimanere senza i propri cari La capacit e soprattutto la voglia di staccarsi dalla propria famiglia forse il principale indicatore per la perduta fanciullezza.Istintivamente mi viene da associare Peter Pan al Il piccolo principe di Antoine de Saint Exup ry Tuttavia, pur parlando la stessa lingua, quella dei bambini, e trattando tematiche comuni, ho apprezzato di pi Peter Pan e il suo finale triste e dolce L immaginazione una capacit potente, che per va affievolendosi col tempo Non resta che sfruttarla appieno fin quando si pu E allora volano con la mente e con il cuore i bambini. Solo chi allegro, innocente e senza cuore pu volare Una cosa certa da adulti, essere contemporaneamente tutte e tre le cose impossibile.Voto 8 I read this to Celyn It s a short book Google tells me 47,000 words but it felt shorter than that.Many of us know the story second hand through cartoons, Hollywood adaptations, and picture books The original item is not that dissimilar, though it s a fair bit brutal that the cartoons and having been published in 1911 it s 100 years out of date when it comes to Native Americans The first thing to note is that it s not just the Never Land that has a surreal, imaginary feel to it The Darlings s home life is rather odd, with a dog acting as nursemaid to the three little Darlings, performing such tasks as getting them dressed, bathing them, and giving them medicineI liked the imagination on display where Peter Pan s shadow is torn off as he leaves in a hurry and the children s mother rolls it up and stores it in a drawer Later Wendy sews it back on.The main difference is in how callous Peter Pan is, and how he stays true to this self absorbed character the whole time with no softening He doesn t give a damn about the Lost Boys or Wendy s brothers Tinkerbell is likewise remorseless, repeatedly attempting to get Wendy not just sent home but actively killed.In the battles the boys have knives and use them to kill people It s all in the bang bang you re dead vibe of children s games, but the fact remains that pretty much every person on the Never Land island is killed with violence by the end of the book This includes most of the Redskins whose portrayal in the manner given here would fall south of the racist border in any of the last 4 decades , and pretty much all of the pirates Even Wendy gets shot with an arrow at Tinkerbell s behest, though she turns out to be alright due to some rather hard to visualize complication with an acorn.One surprise for me was that Captain Jas Hook appears to be our pirate captain s real and longstanding name The fact he now has a hook for a hand being pure coincidence Anyway the book is full of good things, from the ticking crocodile to the invention of the Wendy House.And Peter Pan, true to his word, never grows up True to his character he soon forgets about Wendy, returning many years later and fixing his attentions to her daughter, and later granddaughter.I m withholding the 5th star simply because much of the description is rather vague, summary, implausible or all three together, so it can be hard to visualize believe in the scenes Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes.
Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan.The son of a weaver, Barrie studied at the University of Edinburgh He took up journalism, worked for a Nottingham newspaper, and contributed to various London journals before moving to London in 1885 His early works, Auld Licht Idylls 1889 and A Window in Thrums 188
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- Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up
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