Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Selfish, Shallow, and Violent Boy

Book list 131-140

131.The Paper Bag Christmas by Kevin Alan Miln
132.Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
133.Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
134.Prairie Girl: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder by William Anderson
135.The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet by Colleen McCullough
136.Laura's Album: A Remembrance Scrapbook by William Anderson
137.Little House Traveler by Laura Ingalls Wilder
138.The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
139.Timepiece by Richard Paul Evans
140.In the Hope of Rising Again by Helen Scully

Number 133 is Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, and even though most know the story of Peter Pan through the Disney animated film, I think some would be surprised by the book.  The main ideas are the same, but the characters are a little different.  Pan himself is a selfish, shallow and violent boy with little to make him likable except maybe courage.  Even his courage, however, is a product of his arrogance.  Tinkerbell, the fairy, is a jealous, vengeful, foul mouthed little thing whose love for Peter allows her to attempt the murder of Wendy.

The story is a good one, though maybe not for very young children.  There is much talk of murder and bloodshed.  The most endearing part of the book comes at the end with Mrs. Darling's undying love for her children and the open nursery window.

Perhaps Pan is what a child might become without the love and guidance of a parent.

Although, I've only read Peter Pan, there are other Pan books.

*The Little White Bird: or, Aventures in Kensington Gardens (1902)
*Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906)
*When Wendy Grew Up:  An Afterthought (1908)
*Peter and Wendy (1911)

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J.M. Barrie was born on May 9, 1860 in Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland.  He died on June 19, 1937.  The 2004 film "Finding Neverland" is based on his life.

J.M. Barrie Headstone

2004 Film based on J.M. Barrie's life

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