I have a total love/hate relationship with Peter Pan, but still a four star read.
I’ve adored Peter Pan in the past. It was always fun to watch and read, though I’ve really only experienced the Disney versions of this book. Which is why I decided to read the “real” version of this story.
It was definitely less romanticized. It was also very much a story of the time and location in which it was written.
What I love about it: The way the story is told. Like the author was talking directly to me. Like JM Barie was taking me on a special tour of London and Neverland and we had to be quiet and observe. A melange of first person, second person, and third person. Just really fun without all the over describing that goes on in novels of today…meaning my imagination could SOAR, which has always been one of my favorite parts of reading.
What I did not like about it: Why have I never noticed how bratty Peter is? Why should I applaud because he appeared? But I get it. A child with no mother, no father, and refuses to grow up…which if he truly had all his first teeth he had to be four or five, so it should have been expected. (For some reason, though, I always thought Peter was older, maybe twelve?) Oh, that Peter got on my nerves sometimes. I had to keep reminding myself “Child. He’s a small child. It’s to be expected.” I also couldn’t understand why these Darling children were all in one nursery and why they had a dog for a nanny. I don’t know…wasn’t too keen on the Darling parents.
Another win with my edition of this classic was the imagery inside. Those old-timey line drawings that fit the story. Hook looked so evil, Wendy so young. The fairies were adorable. It was classic and perfect for the book.
I’m glad I finally read the original classic tale. I understand so much more about Peter and Wendy now. I just wish the ending had been different. But then, I seem to say that a lot, don’t I.
*A BACK TO SCHOOL READ – SEPTEMBER 2016* Getting a head start on next month’s theme!