Genre: Fiction, Children, Fantasy, Classic
One starry night, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell lead the three Darling children over the rooftops of London and away to Neverland – the island where lost boys play, mermaids splash and fairies make mischief. But a villainous-looking gang of pirates lurk in the docks, led by the terrifying Captain James Hook. Magic and excitement are in the air, but if Captain Hook has his way, before long, someone will be walking the plank and swimming with the crocodiles…
Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up, however few have read the famous children’s book. I felt like it was time I read this world renowned book.
On the surface this is a beautiful fantasy children’s book however this book has many subtle undertones with many readers believing that Peter is a boy who died and takes other children who have died to Neverland where they will stay forever as children. Upon reading the book that theory is plausible as it did seem to hint about it. However the story is still brilliant and I can see why is is regarded as such an amazing children’s book.
The book stayed fairly close to the film (not the Disney version, the live action one) however the book contained little extra parts for example where the name Tinker Bell came from, whether Neverland is fact or fiction (in the films it is blatantly obvious that it is fiction but the book doesn’t make it so obvious).
Peter was a lot more cocky and selfish in the book than the film however he is a child and I suppose a young boy would display these traits therefore it does stay true to the age but for me it did seem too childish and a bit annoying to read.
In the book Barrie has a remarkable narrative voice and uses the reader (as the reader) to look around so that we can glean more about the story from our point of view. This is done in many books however normally it is just “in another room this is happening” however Barrie does it so that the reader feels engaged in the story and as though they are actually living it, it made a very entertaining read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I liked the ending of the book more than I did the films although it was definitely sadder. However the ending did seem neverending (excuse the pun) as the story continued for every generation.
It is a lovely story that is beautifully written and adventure filled, it will never be forgotten and I for one will always keep my window open.
Summing up: An awfully big adventure