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Peter Pan and Other Plays: The Admirable Crichton; Peter Pan; When Wendy Grew Up; What Every Woman Knows; Mary Rose (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 21 Jan 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (21 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192839195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192839190
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.8 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 864,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Oxford Press does readers a great favor in reviving four of Barries best plays. Crichton and Peter Pan both made the most of being stranded on an island. Hollondale's introduction and notes add to the pleasure."--Illinois Central College


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Peter Pan has often been described as a classic and no doubt everyone is familiar with the story but this is worth reading for all the nice touches which often get forgotten.
Similiar to a certain Mr Potter, this book can easily relate to children and adults alike. The characters are geniunely amusing and described so well you can identify with them all, from the hyper-active Peter who just wants to play all day to the weary Father, working far more than 9 to 5 dat after day.
The book is full of quirks which remind you of the imagination of Barrie. My particular favouriste is Nana, the dog employed as the Nanny due to the family's impoverised state (despite that fact they all live in Kensington - like I say, imagination is important!). What also works well is the double setting of the Nursery and Never-Never land where everything and everyone works differently. We see characters acting completely differently when taken out of their normal context, something we can all relate to!
At the centre of the book, however, is the moving theme of growing up and moving on. Long before those kids in Dawson's Creek were giving advice on life, Peter Pan and Wendy were dealing with the human condition in a much more realxed manner. Upon finishing the book I felt moved and entertained which can only be a good thing!
I would recommend reading Peter Pan either as a refresher course or as a completely new experience.
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You know, "a customer", (shocked that Peter Pan is a play, evidently does not care for plays) the words "and other plays" in the title might have given you a hint.
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The other reviews say that it is a great story book for children and adults etc. but in fact it is a play!
I was quite shocked when i bought it thinking that it would be a story book, but when i recieved it and looked throught it, it was in fact a play!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9daebd38) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x9da7f6f0) out of 5 stars 100 Years of Peter Pan 1904-2004 21 Oct. 2004
By Peter Pan Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a MUST for anyone who likes Peter Pan. It contains the entire text of the 1904 version of the stage play "Peter Pan," which is the basic text used by the Broadway-musical version of the play. That's how it all began! This book also contains a long section of footnotes & historical background, invaluable for any Peter Pan fan. (James M. Barrie's novel about Peter Pan was written 7 years after the play & does NOT contain much of the dialog of the play.)
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HASH(0x9da76288) out of 5 stars The Novel Was Better - A Review by Tinkerbell II 10 Nov. 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I admit it is odd that, after being a fanatical Pan Fan for three years, I just recently read a copy of the play (back in March), which is essentially where it all began. I was surprised at how different it was from the novel "Peter Pan and Wendy". There are several instances in the play that are not in the novel (for instance, the children try to catch a mermaid), and also some things that have been added exclusively to the novel (like how Wendy issues examinations on home-life). There were introductions to each act describing the setting, which is helpful in envisioning the Darling's adventures.

I was sorry to find that the play lacked the emotion of the book, although this was most likely because I was not actually watching actors perform it. Dialogue and stage directions can be pretty dull, even with the wonderful narration provided by Barrie.

Even though it was lacking in emotion, most of the characters are more well-developed in the play. Peter and the Darlings are more realistic in this edition, probably because they have more dialogue. I even liked Tink better in the play than in the book. However, I was disappointed at what small parts the Lost Boys had. Even when they did make appearances, their dialogue was not as funny as it was in the book. The same goes for Mr. Smee.

It was also strange to read such a different ending. Slightly the Lost Boy does not even get Mrs. Darling for his mother! This particular edition also includes the short play "An Afterthought", where Peter returns when Wendy is grown. I surprised to hear that Wendy had married a lost boy, although they do not say which one she marries.

All in all, I preferred the novel over the play. It was far more descriptive and touching. But I still recommend the play as a necessary alternative addition to any Peter Pan library.

(By the way, the other plays in this book are excellent, too.)

P.S. Check out the other Peter Pan-related reviews by Tinkerbell III!
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