Review: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Author: J.M. Barrie
Title: Peter Pan
Genre: Classic
Publisher: Puffin
Publishing Date: 1902
Pages: 207
Source: Bought

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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…

I read Peter Pan during Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. I was already in hour 9 when I started it, so I don’t remember every part of it clearly, but I know that I loved reading this little fairytale. I loved it even before I began reading it, because I watched several movie adaptions ánd Finding Neverland is an awesome Johnny Depp-movie. So, what could go wrong?

While I don’t think this book is really meant for adolescents and adults, it’s great to read something different for once. The book had been on my TBR since forever, because I love reading classics, and when I came across this copy I knew I had to read it. Did you see that cover? It’s a Puffin Chalk edition and it’s so lovely. If you’re thinking about buying this book, you should definitely go with this edition.

So, about the story. I think everyone knows the story about Peter Pan: a boy that lives in Neverland and doesn’t want to grow up. What I didn’t really know was that the story is actually more about Wendy than about Peter. And that’s something I liked, because while Peter is portrayed differently in every movie adaption, I didn’t particularly like his character, so I was happy to see the story didn’t revolve around him. He isn’t just like a child: he’s being childish and whiny. He doesn’t see danger when there clearly is a lot and Barrie gave me the idea that Peter doesn’t really care for any other character in the story. He only likes Wendy, but that’s because he wants her to be his mother.

Even though I didn’t like the main character, I liked the idea of the book and the way places and characters were described. It was like being inside the mind of a child, who views the world so differently. It lets you look at the world from another point of view: a view that’s not forced, but innocent and maybe a bit naive. At the same time it lets you think about what we do day by day: it questions the most simple things adults do and turns these things into something ridiculous. That’s why this fairytale is so eye opening and makes this book such a likeable read.

Showcase Sunday: building & reviving

Showcase Sunday is hosted by the lovely Vicky from Books, Biscuits and Tea and is about showing the books you received, bought and borrowed in the previous week. :)


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Do you notice how grey the picture above is? That’s how the weather has been here all week and I’m loving it: winter is coming and I’m ready! Winter is always great for discovering and reading new books, so here I am again, showing you which books I received this week. Because I live in the Netherlands it’s always been hard for me to receive books from non-Dutch publishers. And because I don’t write in Dutch, it’s also hard for me to get books from publishers that are Dutch. So writing at CultuurBewust has brought me a great joy: I can ask for books and I actually get them, yay. :)

This week I got two books in the mail. These are the Dutch versions of Revival by Stephen King and How to build a girl by Caitlin Moran. I’ve already started reading Revival and I’m so addicted to it: can’t stop reading! So you can expect a review from me soon. :) After that I’m planning on reading the other book I received, because I’ve heard so many positive things about it (and I’m really sorry I missed the readalong at River City Reading).

What have you been buying, receiving and borrowing this week?

Non-Fiction November: Diversity in books

It’s time for my second Non-Fiction November post (I skipped last week) and today is all about diverse reading. This week’s discussion is hosted by Becca from I’m Lost in Books, so make sure you visit her blog to join in the discussion. :)

This event is not really going according to plan for me, because I haven’t had the time to read any non-fiction this month. But I think it’s great to contemplate what we read, which is why I’m still going to participate in this week’s discussion.

What does “diversity” in books mean?

At the moment I’m studying for my Masters degree in Intercultural Communication, so it’s only logical that I love to read about other countries and cultures than the ones I’m already familiar with. It’s eyeopening to read about things you don’t know yet, both in fiction and non-fiction. But I don’t think diversity only points to other cultures. I think it’s reading about anything you’re not familiar with, like gender, age and in general experiences you’ve never had or are never going to have. I especially love short stories taking place in other countries, but I’m open to almost everything.

What I like

While I’m trying to learn Arabic, I’m really interested in reading more about the Arab and muslim culture. I especially love reading short stories taking place in Arab cultures, but I haven’t read a lot of them. So do you have any recommendations? Don’t hesitate to share! The Underground Girls of Kabul is already on my To-Read-list. I’ve heard only good things about that title, so a copy is on its way.

I also love reading about the history of things I like: language, books, maps, etc. It’s great to see there are so many popular non-fiction titles out there that are both informative and humorous at the same time. I always try to make people enthusiastic about these books, like when I praised two non-fiction titles in my previous Non-Fiction November post.

Recommendations?

And as I told you in my previous post: I love to discover new (for me) titles on Arab countries and culture: both older and upcoming ones. What do you recommend?

Showcase Sunday: tigermilk

Showcase Sunday is hosted by the lovely Vicky from Books, Biscuits and Tea and is about showing the books you received, bought and borrowed in the previous week. :)


Tijgermelk

This week has been so busy and next weeks will be too (but I already can’t wait for Christmas to be here!). So for this showcase I’m just going to show you one book I received, which is (in Dutch) Tijgermelk. I got this book for review for CultuurBewust.nl and it seems like a pretty good read, so let’s hope I can start reading it soon.

Which books did you receive, buy and borrow this week?