28 February 2008
Book Review :: Peter Pan
A'ight all you young and old... If you haven't already done it, I think it should happen on the next 'read'a'round'. Last night my book club got together and discussed JM Barrie's whimsical and adventurous Peter Pan. I don't recall ever reading it prior to this time, nor do I recall any real commentary on it. I finished it, just before book club, and was loving every stinking word on the page! Though I have no nursery to speak of, I haven plenty of little nieces and nephews that are adventurous enough that pirates, and mermaids, and pixies, and flying, and the Never Bird would all fascinate. I know some of you read to your kids and all I could do, over and over, was to think: this is the perfect book to read ALOUD to children. Barrie use of imaginative description makes it perfect for the bed-time hour. I don't recall the Disney animation that well, which I'm happy about. This story was so rich and fun and completely reminded me of the things I wanted to fall asleep to when I was young. Barrie seems to make sense out of nonsense in the way that only a child's mind does. The tone and voice of the book add to the nature of it being read aloud. Absolutely. There was/is a certain melancholy when you realize magic leaves and you "forget how to fly" because you grow up. Its a short enough book that you won't be pouring into it forever, but long enough that it will make a memorable impression of hoped-for dreams. ***** in my book.
Posted by Dallas Graham at 8:36 AM