Lost Boy

Lost Boy

The Story of the Man Who Created Peter Pan

Book - 2010
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An introduction to the life of J. M. Barrie reveals his sorrow-marked childhood and the healing he experienced through a relationship with the Davies family, who inspired his creation of the Peter Pan classic.
Publisher: New York : Dutton Children's Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780525478867
Branch Call Number: j921 BAR
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Adams, Steve


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Jul 26, 2013

I have no idea who this book is geared towards. The pictures are for children, the content pre-teens, and the misinterpretation is for historians. Ah yes, the misinterpretation. The book tries to sell the story line of Barrie being a foil for Peter Pan: some troubles along the way, but eventually he defeats the clock crocodile and Hook and emerges happily ever after. And yet, several academic biographers have shown Barrie to have lived a torrmented life. Brought up in a manipulative atmosphere, living to imitate his deceased brother and cheer his grieving mother, Barrie was filled with self-loathing and took refuge in tobacco, workaholism, and fanatical devotion to living the life of children in a real-life Nevernever Land. Barrie was a sick man closer to Micheal Jackson than Peter Pan, and this book doesn't even scratch the surface of it. In the end, it looks like this book was geared towards me. It gave me food for thought on Mr Barrie and his hero Peter Pan, as well as giving me nice drawings to look at along the way.

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