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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Neverland--or The Dangers of Only Living a Fantastical Life

Neverland: J.M. Barrie, the Du Mauriers, and the Dark Side of Peter PanNeverland: J.M. Barrie, the Du Mauriers, and the Dark Side of Peter Pan by Piers Dudgeon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There is nothing wrong with the author's ability to tell the story of J.M.Barrie, author of Peter Pan, and his relationship with the DuMaurier family. The movie Neverland with Johnnie Depp romanticizes Barrie's relationship to a woman, Sylvia DuMaurier and her five sons, but the true story is disquieting and creepy. Mind control through hypnosis carried out by an impotent seriously flawed man results in suicide, nervous breakdowns, marital disintegration within two generations of this famous family.

Once read the story of Peter Pan and the novels of Daphne DuMaurier will never be simply engaging pieces of fiction. For this reason, the book receives three stars. The actual deftness of the author in telling the story, however, is worthy of five.

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