Look, I know it's weird at first… But now, this is much more home
to me than home." (she stands up)
"Like the lost boys in Peter Pan, right?? Except
we are the lost girls, right??… Lost
children, except one, grow up.' Thus begins a great classic of children's
literature that we all remember as magical. What we tend to forget,
because the tale of Peter Pan and Neverland has been so relentlessly
boiled down, hashed up, and coated in saccharine, is that J.M.
Barrie's original version is also witty, sophisticated, and delightfully
odd. It was written in 1904.
Peter Pan describes himself as 'youth... joy... a little bird that
has broken out of the egg,' and the author interjects: 'This, of course,
was nonsense; but it was proof to the unhappy Hook that Peter did
not know in the least who or what he was, which is the very pinnacle
of good form.'
J.M. Barrie, novelist, playwright, and author of 'Peter Pan or The
Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up', led a life almost as magical and interesting
as his famous creation. Childless in his marriage, Barrie grew close
to the five young boys of the Llewelyn Davies family, ultimately becoming
their guardian and devoted surrogate father when they were orphaned.
(summarized from www.amazon.com)