The Real Peter Pan: The Tragic Life of Michael Llewelyn Davies

The Real Peter Pan The Tragic Life of Michael Llewelyn Davies The world has long been captivated by the story of Peter Pan and the countless movies plays musicals and books that retell the story of Peter Wendy and the Lost Boys Now in this revealing behind

  • Title: The Real Peter Pan: The Tragic Life of Michael Llewelyn Davies
  • Author: Piers Dudgeon
  • ISBN: 9781250087799
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The world has long been captivated by the story of Peter Pan and the countless movies, plays, musicals, and books that retell the story of Peter, Wendy, and the Lost Boys Now, in this revealing behind the scenes book, author Piers Dudgeon examines the fascinating and complex relationships among Peter Pan s creator, J.M Barrie, and the family of boys who inspired his workThe world has long been captivated by the story of Peter Pan and the countless movies, plays, musicals, and books that retell the story of Peter, Wendy, and the Lost Boys Now, in this revealing behind the scenes book, author Piers Dudgeon examines the fascinating and complex relationships among Peter Pan s creator, J.M Barrie, and the family of boys who inspired his work.After meeting the Llewelyn Davies family in London s Kensington Garden, Barrie struck up an intense friendship with the children and their parents The innocence of Michael, the fourth of five brothers, went on to influence the creation of Barrie s most famous character, Peter Pan Barrie was so close to the Llewelyn Davies family that he became trustee and guardian to the boys following the deaths of their parents Although the relationship between the boys and Barrie and particularly between Barrie and Michael was enduring, it was punctuated by the fiercest of tragedies Throughout the heart rending saga of Barrie s involvement with the Llewelyn Davies brothers, it is the figure of Michael, the most original and inspirational of their number, and yet also the one whose fate is most pitiable, that stands out.The Real Peter Pan is a captivating true story of childhood, friendship, war, love, and regret.

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    1. Before reading "The Real Story of Peter Pan," I really did not know much at all about J.M. Barrie besides what I saw in the movie, "Finding Neverland." I was very interested to see what his inspiration was in this book. What I found was an eye-opening account of who Barrie was and what his often extremely close relationship was like with the family that influenced his fantastical stories. I didn't realize how sad the origins of the Peter Pan stories were! The book shed light on how dark some of [...]


    2. An interesting book, but marred by the author's determination to portray J.M. Barrie as an entirely malevolent force of Machiavellian evil. Though it is true to say that he cursed each thing he loved.Interesting points and connections, but it also relies mainly on the reseach and interviews done in the 1970s by Andrew Birkin for his book, 'J M Barrie and the Lost Boys' when he was able to speak to the remaining Llewellyn-Davies boys and consequently produced a more balanced book.


    3. 2.5 The cover is insanely freaky, or is it just me?Prior to readingThe Real Peter Pan, my knowledge on J.M. Barrie and the grand tale of Peter Pan and The Lost Boys was nottooextensive. I've watched the Disney film (and a few of the Tinker Bells!), been intensely absorbed in the "Pan" arc in Once Upon A Time, and I own a Tinker Bell snowglobe. In a book about Peter Pan, I wonder if it's okay to mention Sassy Miss Tinker Bell? I mean, come on. (By the way, apparently Alice - as in, Alice in Wonde [...]


    4. I think I was 10 (1960) when I saw my 1st. Peter Pan at a fancy movie theater. I have seen all the sequels I guess you would call them since. The stories you hear about the author/writers who write children’s fables might embarrass some of you.Not only is there behind the scenes but also genealogy of the families that made up the actors for the Peter Pan movies & plays. Fascinating book. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free [...]



    5. Charles Dickens wrote of the years leading up to the French Revolution."It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way--in short, the period was so far like the period, that some of its noi [...]


    6. This was not at all what I was anticipating. I thought this would be a sweet tale of how Peter Pan came to be, and it was how it came to be, but as seen through a Twilight Zone telling.I don't think there was one person in this whole book that I didn't feel sorry for.As for the writing, I had to reread parts because I wasn't sure of the point of the section. Ironically, there were times when I'd read a section and think, "what does this have to do with anything regarding Barrie or Michael," and [...]


    7. So, I was underwhelmed by this book. I read his other book Neverland reading this which I should not have done. I would recommend this book ONLY if you read this before Neverland which goes in more detail about JM Barrie and the boys. I would love to see this on film because it's a story about JM Barrie a lot of people do not know about.


    8. This book was telling the "true" story of Peter Pan. It was nothing like the stories of today. It was set in a time frame of a very long time ago. 1940's ish. The weird part on this book is there is no shadow. There are no lost boys nothing we've known since we were little is in this book. Is Peter Pan even real? Is it just a made up myth?



    9. "The Real Peter Pan is the story, both joyous and tragic, of a beautiful boy who was chosen by Barrie to be his gateway to the magical world of childhood, which he longed to recapture, and to the strange spiritual world of his later work."Like so many others that have come before me and after me, I met Peter Pan as a child. Not the actual Peter Pan, mind you, but the Peter Pan Walt Disney so gladly bestowed upon the world. Neverland has become a place of mystic legend. A place where one goes whe [...]


    10. Being an English major, the story of Peter Pan has long since been beloved by me. Who can resist the tale of everlasting innocence? Though I will admit, as I have grown older, that same innocence does not seem as reachable as before. Perhaps Peter Pan realized that too, or at least Michael Llewelyn Davies may have. Peter Pan is one of those universal stories of childlike innocence and heroism, of escaping the real world and going to Neverland, where you never grow old. That is the story we know, [...]


    11. When The Real Peter Pan was offered to me for review, I had to say yes. I have always really liked Peter Pan by J M Barrie and so I did not want to pass up the opportunity to read up on the historical basis for this wonderful children’s novel.Let me say that this book covers a lot of historical details. We see Barrie’s life and his interactions with the Llewelyn Davies brothers, especially Michael. Michael was Barrie’s inspiration for the character of Peter Pan and the fantastical world of [...]


    12. This book tells the story of Michael Llewelyn Davies and his relationship with JM Barrie. Michael and his brothers served as the inspiration for Peter Pan. It was an interesting read and the explores a number of other things such as the relationship of Michael's mother, Sylvia, and Barrie, and her family, the du Mauriers. While the book is organized into chapters based on timeline, chronologically. It is a good read but amazing. I would have preferred a bit more first hand exploration of some of [...]


    13. This book was received from a giveaway.I have seen many movies adapted from the story of Peter Pan, but have never read J. M. Barrie's original telling. This book offer a look at the inspiration for Barrie's amazing story of a boy who never grows and the hidden messages in the story. I believe this book while appeal to fans of Peter Pan and lovers of history.


    14. Well-written but disturbing to say the least. I don't think I can ever enjoy the story of Peter Pan again. It's sad that those around this situation allowed this to happen even sadder that situations like this are still occurring today.


    15. This is like a repeat of something already published. Not bad, but definitely not great either. I'm always looking to learn something new that was very much a part of my childhood, so it was nice getting some insight into the people who inspired Barrie. Full RTC!


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