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FREE DOC Ä READER JM Barrie and the Lost Boys The real story behind Peter Pan ↠ ANDREW BIRKIN Ë ❮Read❯ ➵ JM Barrie and the Lost Boys The real story behind Peter Pan ➹ Author Andrew Birkin – J M Barrie Victorian novelist pR when they were orphaned Andrew Birkin draws extensively on a vast range of material by and about Barrie including notebooks memoirs and hours of recorded interviews with the family and their circle to describe Barrie’s life and the wonderful world he created for the boysOriginally published in 1979 this enchanting and richl This very academic biography is touted as the story behind the movie Finding Neverland but it uickly becomes clear that the movie not surprisingly really is a highly romanticized version of the truth Indeed several key plot points in the movie prove to be patently untrue to life even if the movie is true in essence The biography itself was deadly dull in its presentation It is chockful of primary documents but in such a way that it rather feels as if you are reading the research notes for the real biography The author is also apparently responsible for a trilogy of documentary films on the subject so this book might stand better as a companion and the research material to those films Far too many of Barrie's plays and fiction were uoted at great length under the guise of his writing being essentially autobiographical for my taste The basic facts were of enough interest to compel me to finish the book but I would only recommend it to readers with a great interest in the subject

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Y illustrated account is reissued with a new preface to mark the release of Neverland the film of Barrie’s life and the upcoming centenary of Peter Pan“A psychological thriller one of the year’s most complex and absorbing biographies” Gerald Clarke Time“A terrible and fascinating story” Eve Auchincloss Washington Po I couldn't say when Peter Pan became important in my life Like Carroll's Alice Peter has no doubt influenced and shaped a lot of my own writing The images Barrie created then remain strong Barrie the man I know very little about but this book certainly helpedAs a collection of letters from Barrie to the Davies and various others as well as the reverse Birkin has done his best to keep his opinion out and let the letters of the people who actually lived the lives speak for themselves It is I admit confusing in waysBarrie's adoration for Sylvia and Arthur Davies' sons certainly gets the askance eye in our generation I'd be lying if I said that I didn't find some of his letters particularly to George and Michael to be weirdly personal on some level Not simply because of the letters themselves which are of course personal but the content and Barrie's devotion to the Davies family while his own family fell to the side Nico the youngest of the Davies boys claims Barrie was completely innocent because only such a person could write a story like Peter PanSo while that aspect of Barrie and the boys will probably not be answered for me as I'm not sure how much is my modern culture looking back to the Victorians and Edwardians without knowing what the forms really were and how much would be known if Peter hadn't burned so many letters? I can't start to imagine but lives Barrie and the boys that shaped Peter Pan strikes me as incredibly tragic If anything Birkin's book did what a good book should It grabbed by attention aside from being a subject that I wanted to read about and I'm curious to know about Barrie to read other views I have to say that at least Birkin was honest in his introduction about omitting this thing for that thing so I did go in knowing there would be a slant Thankfully it was like a little tilt than the angle of a roofAs strange as Barrie was for I'm not coming away with the feeling that he was all together fully functional but perhaps that's a price one pays for art I certainly don't like him less for his letters or manipulations or anything else I have uestions and there's sadness that he acted as he did but I think what comes across maybe even than the fear of growing up is the fear of being alone But maybe in a way they're the same thingMy one complaint about the edition I have is that every single photo illustration copy of a letter etc was placed in the center toward the spine I cant' start to fathom what design process oversaw that but it is particularly annoying Still it wasn't enough to make me give up on it


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JM Barrie and the Lost Boys The real story behind Peter PanJ M Barrie Victorian novelist playwright and author of Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up led a life almost as magical and interesting as 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 fathe Hmmyep not going to happen thanks to this bookThis is undoubtedly a powerful story but I honestly wish that I hadn't read it It left me deeply unsettled and a bit shaken The juxtaposition of the Peter Pan story with that of the tragic boys who inspired it makes for a strange and haunting book It's clear that Barrie loved the five Llewelyn Davies boys was fascinated by their boyish innocence and bravado mourned deeply the two who died young But he also basically stalked the family manipulated himself into a guardianship of the children when their parents died and obsessed over intense friendships with little boys Reading it felt like playing a sordid game of Clue or Charades as the author makes no actual accusations does not ever outright discuss the potential disturbing reality behind Barrie's love for his lost boys Instead the book includes disturbing primary documents and uotes multiple nude photos of the beautiful boys while young all taken by Barrie uotes from one of the surviving boys and from their acuaintances accusing Barrie of unnatural and obsessive feelings of acting like a lover than a father figure etc etc with little commentary all merely offered up to the reader with what struck me as cagey subtlety After reading a few other reviews here I was surprised that most did not address the rather horrifying elephant in the room but instead drew connections between Barrie and Michael Jackson which I agree are uite valid and focused on other aspects of the book I was starting to think I was reading too much into it but no Google tells me that uestions have often been raised about Barrie's relationships with the Llewelyn Davies children and other modern biographies have been much blatantly accusatoryI suppose I should be specific so here are a few examples In his use of the term “dark fancies” Peter Llewelyn Davies refers to the intense and passionate relationship Barrie had with George and also with Michael a relationship Peter seem to imbue with darker passions In Barrie’s last letter of the over 2000 daily ones he had written to George he says the following ” and wishing you were a girl of 21 instead of boy so that I could say the things to you that are now always in my heart” Birkin 1980 p241 This uotation is just one example of how Barrie’s letters not only speak of affection for these boys but how they were mingled with a yearning a romantic intensity a hint of hunger of never uite getting enough Exploring the shores of the Neverland Helga CoulterIn a letter to his other favorite eight year old Michael Barrie wrote ''I wish I could be with you and your candles You can look on me as one of your candles the one that burns badly the greasy one that is bent in the middle But still hurray I am Michael's candle I wish I could see you putting on the redskin's clothes for the first time Dear Michael I am very fond of you but don't tell anybody'Suspiciously this is one of the few letters that survived from Barrie to Michael Peter Llewelyn Davies destroyed nearly all of Barrie's vast correspondence with Michael in the melancholic period before he killed himself by diving under a Tube train at Sloane Suare station 'They were too much' was his only comment on the letters between Barrie and his brother Michael' CAPTIVATED JM Barrie the du Mauriers and the Dark Side of Neverland by Piers DudgeonBut back to Birkin's book Just as it opened describing the suicide of Peter it ends describing the suspicious drowning of Michael prone to depression and emotional stress who many believed committed suicide as well By choosing to frame the book in such a way the author adds to the subtle and not so subtle shadows lurking all throughout the story My heart broke for these boys and I am afraid that I'll be thinking about this book for uite a while So yeah no happy thoughts to be found here