quinta-feira, 29 de outubro de 2009

Era o autor de 'Peter Pan' um monstro?

By Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
Thursday, October 29, 2009


J.M. Barrie, the Du Mauriers,

and the Dark Side of "Peter Pan"

By Piers Dudgeon

Pegasus. 333 pp. $26.95

There might be scarier books this Halloween season, but it's unlikely that any will be as luridly creepy as "Neverland." Even if you already know a little about the sinister background of J.M. Barrie's classic play, "Peter Pan," you will be in for a shock. In these pages Piers Dudgeon presents a multi-generational history of psychological domination and submission, unnatural family relations, predatory abuse and suicide.

He also connects three great works of the popular imagination: George du Maurier's late-19th-century bestseller "Trilby" -- the novel in which the evil Svengali, through hypnosis, transforms a beautiful tone-deaf girl into a singing sensation but in the process destroys her soul; J.M. Barrie's death-haunted "Peter Pan," once titled "The Boy Who Hated Mothers"; and Daphne du Maurier's Gothic romance about spiritual possession, "Rebecca."

Íntegra no The Washington Post.

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