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Book Title: The Little White Bird|
The author of the book: J.M. Barrie
Date of issue: August 5th 2014
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 536 KB
Edition: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Read full description of the books The Little White Bird:I decided to read The Little White Bird because I happen to currently live near Kensington Gardens and regularly walk around them. On one of these occasions, I came across the famous statue of Peter Pan that was erected on the place Peter initially lands near the Long Water Lake in the Little White Bird and I thought that if there ever was a time to read the adventures of Peter Pan as originally written by J.M. Barrie, it would be now!
Now, the few chapters of The Little White Bird that cover Peter Pan’s first appearance have been frequently published separately as Peter Pan in Kensington Garden. And as this seems to be considered the most important part of the book, publishers readily stripped it from the rest of the narrative to not bore readers with Captain W’s story and I’m guessing because the rest of the book is not necessarily aimed at children. Because of this, the Little White Bird in its entirety does not seem to be particularly popular and has few editions to its name, but I’ve never been one to read only interesting passages in books so I decided to give it a try as a whole and it was definitely worth it!
The White Little Bird is at times funny and witty and supremely whimsical and full of imagination, but an undercurrent of loneliness and sadness runs through it(quite a bit in the Peter Pan parts as well) but without damaging the story, more like giving it depth. Some chapters have not aged particularly well – I’m thinking here of the time Captain W runs away with the perambulator and David’s sleepover – mostly because Mary’s trust in a stranger is a bit much by modern standards.
As for Peter Pan, how different he is from all the incarnations I’ve seen in movies and animation! A naked baby, only a week old! I’m very curious to see whether J.M.Barrie changed his appearance for Peter and Wendy(which I intend to read soon) or whether people have adapted the content to their own liking. All and all, a lovely read!
Read information about the authorSir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan.
The son of a weaver, Barrie studied at the University of Edinburgh. He took up journalism, worked for a Nottingham newspaper, and contributed to various London journals before moving to London in 1885. His early works, Auld Licht Idylls (1889) and A Window in Thrums (1889), contain fictional sketches of Scottish life and are commonly seen as representative of the Kailyard school. The publication of The Little Minister (1891) established his reputation as a novelist. During the next 10 years Barrie continued writing novels, but gradually his interest turned toward the theatre.
In London he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired him in writing about a baby boy who has magical adventures in Kensington Gardens (included in The Little White Bird), then to write Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, a "fairy play" about this ageless boy and an ordinary girl named Wendy who have adventures in the fantasy setting of Neverland. This play quickly overshadowed his previous work and although he continued to write successfully, it became his best-known work, credited with popularising the name Wendy, which was very uncommon previously.
Barrie unofficially adopted the Davies boys following the deaths of their parents. Before his death, he gave the rights to the Peter Pan works to Great Ormond Street Hospital, which continues to benefit from them.
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