Book: Hook’s Tale

HooksTaleHook’s Tale: Being the Account of an Unjustly Villainized Pirate Written by Himself
by John Leonard Pielmeier

Publisher: Scribner

Read on: May 17, 2018

Format: Library Loan: e-book

When everything turns for the worst, James Cook—not Hook—was taken to the sea to serve in the Navy. He eventually arrives at a mysterious island where time seems irrelevant and there is no exit no matter which direction the boat is steered. On this island he experiences happiness, loss, and grows a dark obsession with a certain forever boy.

This story is told through James Cook’s perspective and at times have some dark tones. Before he was an adult he was a child who lived a tough life. He was very easy to empathize with and it was interesting seeing a different take on all the events from the original book. A lot of topics were explored and given an origin story like the crocodile with the ticking clock, the hook hand, the shadow that has a mind of its own, and so much more.

Near the end the story did take away some of the magical feelings and gives a sound lesson about being swept up in revenge. While James has grown older, he essentially is just a boy at heart who has only been dealt bad cards. So many things are out of his control that when I think he can finally have some happiness something else pops up. James is a very compelling tragic character that I just wanted him to let go of his obsession so he can find his own inner peace.

This is my first Peter Pan retelling so I don’t have much to compare with, but if I ever have an inkling to read another retelling I will probably pick this up.





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