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Peter Pan (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection) Hardcover – 7 Sep 2011
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"Barrie wrote his fantasy of childhood, added another figure to our enduring literature, and thereby undoubtedly made one of the boldest bids for immortality of any writer. . . . It is a masterpiece." --J B Priestley --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
A classic gift book of J. M Barrie's favourite tale illustrated by award-winning Shirley Hughes. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
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I only ever thought there was one Peter Pan story ie. Disneys, but found the book has within its pages several versions of the classic tale with Disney's only being one of them.
Hidden amongst the pages are treats for the imagination in the form of little fold out maps, pull tabs and picture wheels not to mention the old school library card within the first few pages.
This would make a great bedtime story book, it looks great on the shelf and I can only see it go up in value over the years to come.
While the themes were kept simple, as was the writing I found it fascinating to imagine children 100 years ago having the patience to sit and listen to te old style writing of this book. I cannot imagine being able to do that with children today.
Overall I found it a strange, but compelling tale with a sweet ending. I'm glad I persevered through some patches that seemed condescending and read it.
Despite the fact that some of the language in this book is difficult to understand, I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone interested in reading the book that inspired the movies.
One thing that I would say (hence the 4-star review) is that JM Barrie's writing style is much more akin to a story teller, rather than describing events impartially, which broke suspension of disbelief a few times for me. It's not a huge issue, but did reduce my enjoyment slightly.