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3.0 out of 5 stars Sinister And Dark, 6 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Peter Pan (Penguin Popular Classics) (Paperback)
Now, at the very mention of Peter Pan, we conjure up an image of a loveable rogue intent on having fun, and not growing up of course. But from this, I don't think Barrie would have approved of our modern day interpretation.

He's actually, a very wicked and selfish lad. Our first sight of this disturbing alter ego is en route to neverland, he is quite willing to let John and the others die because he is too bored or forgetful to wake them up when they fall asleep mid-flight.

They arrive at the said place, and what happens, Tink tries to actually kill Wendy. This was quite a shock to me, but braced me for what was to come. The gruesome and sad demise of the Indians, the brutality and sheer evil of Captain Hook, were all so much a deviation from my expectations that I was slightly stunned.

And its not as if the story is that good. It gives a brief overview of all the adventures upon the Island, without any details as such, and a few insights into how the lost boys live. There is no cohesive story as such, just a few sporadic and random tales, which culminate in the final battle with Hook.

In summation the book is nothing like you would imagine. There is a gritty reality in the fate of those who are slain, and even in the very notion of death, for as Pan himself says 'to die would be an awfully big adventure'. The book is nasty, dark and sinister, and adresses issues which would possibly make it not appropriate to the young audience to which it has been aimed.
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Initial post: 2 Oct 2011 22:26:40 BDT
Valerie says:
Thank you for your review. I was going to purchase this book for my 6 year-old granddaughter. It's nothing at all like the story that I remember when I was a child - which was magical. I will look for a more "child friendly" edition!!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2011 17:45:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Dec 2011 22:12:25 GMT
K. Alphs says:
When I come upon reviews such as this one, two thoughts go through my mind:
Did the reviewer actually take the time to read the book or is their review based upon hearsay?
Does the reviewer know the basic guidelines for selecting positive fantasy literature?
First, I would suggest to this reviewer they obtain a copy of "The Tolkien Reader" by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Turn to the chapter marked "On Fairy-Stories" and begin reading. Tolkien articulates a clear
explanation and defense of the genre known as "Marchen" or fairy tales.
Secondly, I would suggest this reviewer obtain a copy of "How to Grow a Young Reader"
by Kathryn Lindskoog. Turn to the chapter titled, "Realms of Enchantment" and begin reading through
the section on "how to evaluate fantasy and science fiction." You will find that the classic you have
condemned as "wicked, sinister, brutal, and gruesome" actually meets the criteria for positive fantasy
literature.
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