Good Read: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
by J.M. Barrie
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Peter Pan is the popular character created by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie. A mischievous boy who can fly and magically refuses to grow up, Peter Pan spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the small island of Neverland as the leader of his gang the Lost Boys, interacting with mermaids, Indians, fairies, pirates, and (from time to time) meeting ordinary children from the world outside. The most popular story, the most often reflected in movies, is “Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up”/”Peter and Wendy”– Peter brings Wendy and her brothers to Never Land, where he has a climactic showdown with his nemesis, Captain Hook.
Kala Dunn says:
I started reading Peter Pan because I heard it was going to be a topic of discussion on the Diane Rehm Show. I finished reading Peter Pan because I fell in love with the delicate and finely-woven world J.M. Barrie creates. Often adult readers overlook the value of books classified as “children’s literature,” though in actuality Peter Pan is not a children’s book. It’s a book about the nature of humankind, about a confrontation with mortality, about putting away our darker thoughts and finding illumination through our personal light. The storyline is fantastic—flying children, vindictive alligators, and smart-mouthed fairies—but the meaning is true. Witty and fun, bittersweet and beautiful, Peter Pan offers us a chance to explore a fairyland in which we will ultimately discover ourselves.
This “good read” was inspired by a recent conversation on The Diane Rehm Show.