23 May, 2012

If there's one book you must read... Week #9

Book #9 'the forgotten one' -- Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Chosen by my housemate, Matthew.

What he says: '"All children, except one, grow up." It's makes me so sad that so many people nowadays only associate Peter Pan with the Disney character, and are unaware that he was ever a literary figure. J.M. Barrie's Peter, like the book itself, is often dark, mysterious and beguiling. Brimming with beautiful prose and unbridled wonder, it's a book that perfectly encapsulates all the inexorable joys and sorrows of being a child. A MUST read!!'

Amazon blurb: 'Neverland is home to Peter Pan, a young boy who has never grown up. On one of his visits to London, Peter makes the acquaintance of young Wendy Darling, whom he invites to travel with him to Neverland and become the mother of his gang of Lost Boys. Flying through the night sky to Neverland, Wendy and her brothers John and Michael are soon caught up in marvellous adventures with the Indian Princess Tiger Lily, the loyal fairy Tinker Bell and Peter's nemesis, a sinister hook-handed pirate known as Captain Hook. Spun by J.M. Barrie from his stage play of the same name, Peter Pan is a timeless classic of children's literature. Illustrated with plates by F.D. Bedford, this exquisite full-colour edition features an elegant bonded-leather binding, a satin-ribbon bookmark, distinctive stained edging and decorative endpapers. It's a book that will be cherished by readers of all ages.'

Matthew wrote his dissertation on Peter Pan, and after having the pleasure of proof-reading it, I too have been convinced to read the original Pan. Have you read it before? What are your thoughts on the "Disney-isation" of the story?

Let me know your 'must read' book on twitter. Now that I'm back to blogging more regularly I'm looking to get this feature back up to a weekly thing so don't be shy :)


Buy the book from Amazon.

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