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Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 23, 2005
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Young James Matthew, a victim of societal hypocrisy, is sent to a sadistic school and systematically abused. He remains brave, clever and possessed of a sense of fair play his enemies utterly lack. The fact that he is also something of a psychopath is unfortunate, but undeniably helpful in dealing with the British public school system.
The concerned parent need not be alarmed at the reviews citing instances of torture in this book; they amount to a description of a public school caning and an especially violent football game. Kids raised on the Lemony Snicket series will shrug them off easily (and the publisher is clearly aiming at older Unfortunate Events readers, to judge from the packaging and choice of Snicket's illustrator-- Brett Helquist).
Marvelously subversive, the book's only real problem is that Mr. Hart is a better scriptwriter than a prose writer, and it shows. Flaws in his command of language are outweighed by his enthusiasm and obvious love of his subject, however. His story passes the acid test-- does the book seem to end too soon? Do you want to know what happened to the characters afterward? It did. I did. And you will.
When he is accepted into the famous Eton, it quickly becomes apparent from his shadowy past and unusual appearance that James is quite different from his high-collared peers. He becomes fierce rivals with a Colleger named Arthur L. Darling and strikes up an unlikely friendship with a fellow Oppidan named Roger Peter Davies, aka Jolly Roger. Through his undeniable brilliance, "mutant" traits and spine-tingling bond with pet spiders, James --- or King Jas --- lives up to being a notorious Eton Blue.
As a reward for his achievements, Jas finally receives acknowledgment that he secretly craved from his absent father, Lord B. Unfortunately, James realizes that old habits are hard to break and that his father's attention is not kind. When James causes an international scandal by falling in love with a spirited Sultana named Ananova, his beliefs are confirmed that he must forge a path for himself by any means necessary. While Jas dreams of becoming the king of his own magical island called Neverland, he soon spirals into a nightmare that could mean the end of the future Capt. Hook.
CAPT. HOOK is not the children's story it may first appear to be. It is a creative tale of the infamous villain of PETER PAN that is geared toward a slightly older audience.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am looking for the sequel. A wonderful telling of Hook's tale from the Jas himself. With so many stories these days being taken, reused or repurposed and badly at that... Read morePublished 9 days ago by IThinkAboutMoney
James Matthew is a very strange boy, with his long and curly black hair, yellow blood, ability to speak with spiders, and exaggerated sense of revenge. Read morePublished 12 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
And that's coming from an adult! It's a great look at Captain Hook's early life with plenty of shenanigans that you know he'd get into.Published on May 15, 2014 by Allison Perrone
I was so happy to receive this book and in good condition. I would definatly recommend this product to anyone who wonders about captain hook's background.Published on March 19, 2014 by amanda
I loved this book when I borrowed it from a friend and wanted my own hard back edition. What I got was hardback but looked as if it had been dropped in water and then a weight... Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by Davin Lane
April 28, 2009
Have you ever wondered "Who is Captain Hook?" What about "Why the pirate flag is called the "Jolly Roger? Read more
For those that are smitten with the story of Peter Pan by James Barrie let me assure you, you will not be disappointed with Capt Hook. In fact, you will be hooked. Read morePublished on December 1, 2008 by Tinker Bell
I have always had a fascination for the villains of classic literature and film. Capt. Hook is one of those novels I've been meaning to read for years and eventually got around to. Read morePublished on October 31, 2008 by M. Adams