By Staff Reports
(DGIwire) – The journey from child to adult is a memorable one. No matter whether its choppy waves are traversed successfully or not, there is bound to be some confusion, complexity and (hopefully) fun. This journey has long been a fascinating subject for writers—some drawing on their own experiences, some imagining fanciful scenarios. Here are four of the most classic tales in this genre:
“Although Peter and his friends are young, their main nemesis—Captain Hook—is an adult,” notes John Leonard Pielmeier. “One is led to wonder about Hook’s own transition from childhood to adult and how he became the person he is.”
Hook’s Tale, the debut novel by Pielmeier—whose successful plays, television movies and miniseries include Agnes of God, Gifted Hands, Choices of the Heart and The Memory Keeper’s Daughter—addresses this very question. Set in the world of J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan, it explores the childhood of the much-maligned Captain Hook: his quest for buried treasure, his friendship with Peter Pan and the story behind the swashbuckling world of Neverland.
As we learn in these pages, Captain James Cook (a/k/a Hook)—long defamed as a vicious pirate—was in fact a dazzling wordsmith who left behind a vibrant, wildly entertaining and entirely truthful memoir. His chronicle offers a counter-narrative to the works of Barrie, a “dour Scotsman” whose spurious accounts got it all wrong.
“I have portrayed Hook’s transition from child to adult as a memorable coming-of-age story in its own right,” Pielmeier adds.