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5.0 out of 5 stars The most engaging text and the most beautiful illustrations., 24 Nov. 2000
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This review is from: Barrie J.M. : Peter Pan(Us) (Hardcover)
First of all I would want to move the reading age to much further than 12 years old. This text can be read by a sophisticated adult as well as the child and even then there is a chance that the full meaning might not be grasped. What really puzzles one is the enormous talent of a single person ( J.M. Barrie) to bring to life a fairy tale proper, especially when one is aware that most of other popular fairy tales took long journeys of transformation and crossing of the borders in order to become the universal tales. Who is Peter Pan, the eternal boy, 'the youth, the joy'; p u e r aeternus without the s e n e x at his side? Hook is rejoicing that Peter has not got a slightiest idea who he is but is also desparate because that means a "good form" something that Hook can never achieve precisely because he is constantly aware that the "good form" is what he wants. It is worthy mentioning, we're not dealing here with a personality of a single boy but a psychological phenomenon which can be found in both sexes and all ages.
Thus, Mrs. Darling thought she saw Peter Pan in faces of women who do not have children, and sometimes even on the faces of those who did...not to speak of constantly seeing him when she was 'tidying up her children's minds' etc. In short, 'he was very like Mrs. Darling's kiss'... Story worthy discovering and re-discovering from the literary as well as psychological perspective, no doubt.
The illustrations of Scott Gustafson make the book even more precious posession.
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