Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Published April 23, 2014

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

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My knowledge of Peter Pan comes mostly from general things, like Captain Hook and the ticking crocodile, or else from the movie Hook, which is more of a sequel than an adaptation. I think I tried to read this a couple of times as a kid, but couldn’t get much past the first chapter.

Apropos of nothing, I thought I would give it another go, and whipped through it very quickly. What an enjoyable, if melancholy, read. I love the far-fetched imaginative nature of the whole thing. What is real and what isn’t? Are they eating real food or imagining it all? It had a really nice floaty feel to the whole thing.

But it’s got a darker edge than that, with the concerns about growing up, about leaving behind mother and father, about being locked in an endless circular battle on Neverland. Far more interesting than I thought it would be, not perfect, but very good. I only wish I’d persevered as a child!

Rating: Unrated

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