- 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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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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"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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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.
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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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!