Cool Hand Luke: A Novel (Paperback)

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"An impressive novel . . . the most brutal and authentic account of a road gang that we have had."--New York Times

Out of his experiences working on a chain gang, Donn Pearce created Cool Hand Luke, the larger-than-life war hero--Good Guy Number One--turned drunkard, vandal, and convict. A blasphemer and "pretty evil feller" who "could work the hardest, eat the mostest, and tell the biggest lies." Luke's outsized feats of gambling and gluttony--he bets Society Red, a college man from Boston, that he can eat fifty eggs--and his harrowing escapes and recaptures are recounted by Dragline, who followed Luke in his last, fatal escape attempt and who basks in Luke's reflected glory. To the convicts left behind on the chain gang, Luke has become the hope of freedom and defiance that they dare not act upon themselves. Luke's refusal to "git his mind right" and submit to the sadistic discipline of the Walking Boss becomes part of their mythology of survival.

About the Author

Donn Pearce is the author of the Academy Award-nominated screenplay of Cool Hand Luke. He lives in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781560252283
ISBN-10: 1560252286
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication Date: August 18th, 1999
Pages: 304
Language: English