Cool Hand Luke might be familiar to you as the movie where Paul Newman eats fifty eggs for a bet and this was certainly all I new about it when I was asked to review the novel a little while ago In actuality the egg eating is only a very small part of the novel which is semi autobiographical and describes Donn Pearce s experiences on a Florida chain gang I believe that this new edition has been brought out to coincide with a new play of the book which played last year in London starring Mark Warren as LukeThe novel begins in the time after the man that would become nown as Cool Hand Luke has gone from the chain gang so the tale is told one prisoner to another in flashback and with a certain sense of awe in the narrative We first hear of Luke as he is brought to carry out hard labour after repeated escape attempts and as the story unfolds we discover that he is a decorated WW2 veteran whose life after the war has been far from easy Luke is a very sympathetic character it seems like he s ended up on the chain gang though a series of unfortunate events rather than through concerted law breaking It s this that makes Luke s treatment at the hands of some of the guards mostly Boss Godfrey a little hard to stomach and by the end of the novel it s a bit sketchy as to who is exactly in the wrongAccording to the foreword by Antonia uirke who Donn Pearce himself was sent to prison he had only a basic education but thanks to sharing a cell with a man who read constantly he was introduced to literature and improved his own writing to complete this novel Some of the imagery in the novel is evocative and where has used vernacular and dialect it allows the reader to associate with the although it was hard to read at firstI won say that this was an enjoyable book as some of the experiences of the prisoners are uite harsh and upsetting Interesting read and had my attention to the endIf you ve watched the movie you now how this ends The list of movies that were better than the book is short Jaws Forrest Gump Die Hard Most Steven King adaptations in my opinion And to this list you can add Cool Hand Luke but just barely The movie was so damn fine that separating Paul Newman from Luke is near impossible and getting to now this new guy Sailor the narrator was weird But the writing is very capable and very dramatic And even if you could uote the movie adaptation from start to finish the novel does some cool things with plotting and philosophizing that make reading the book familiar but still distinct from watching the classic film Author Donn Pearce sets a profound mood apostrophizing and synechdocheizing the people and places around our cadre of criminals bound to the chain gang so you can t help but feel the thematic import of every little detail But he doesn t sacrifice entertainment value amid his anti war anti authority preaching 45 stars out of 5 A uick read and very entertaining with just a hint too much heavy handed moralizing This was a case where I actually liked the film much better than the book Paul Newman did it the best The story of Luke Jackson aka Cool Hand Luke is said to be based on personal experiences of Donn Pearce the book s author Following time in military service as a Merchant Marine Pearce became involved in counterfeiting and safe cracking His crimes eventually lead to a short prison sentence working on a chain gangLuke was a war veteran who most likely was experiencing PTSD when he was arrested for cutting the heads off of parking meters This offense sends him off to hard labor working in the hot Florida sun as part of a chain gang His fellow inmates gave him the nickname Cool Hand because of his po. An impressive novel the most brutal and authentic account of a road gang that we have had New York TimesOut 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.
Donn Pearce Ö 6 ReadLl to civilian life and was eventually arrested and sent to Florida s Raiford Prison He was transferred to a prison Road Camp where daily life consisted of working in a chain gang under the hot Florida sun tarring roads or clearing brush along the roadways with slingblades Corporal punishment from the bosses was commonplace violation of any of a long list of infractions could get a man a night in the boxThe subject of this story is Donn Pearce who lied about his age in order to enter the army in 1944 He was icked out of the army after his transfer to a combat unit when his family notified authorities he was only age 16 He served a post war stint in the Merchant Marine prior to becoming involved in a career of safecracking and theft By the time he reached his 21st birthday he had uite a few life stories to tell including receipt of a two year sentence to Raifford Prison in 1949Pearce went straight after his prison wake up call and worked at numerous jobs while trying to break out as a writer Cool Hand Luke was his first and only hit novel Luke was probably patterned after another inmate Pearce new at Raiford although his own history provided fodder for Lucas Jackson s story Luke ends up in trouble for nocking parking meter heads off their supports while he was drunk He unlike Pearce had a chest full of war medals and at one time held the rank of sergeant but finished the war as a private because of his drinking and adjustment problems Pearce s book goes into detail about the trauma Luke experienced in battle The reader is able make a connection between Luke s emotional trials during war and his future lack of ability to live a conventional lifeLuke s story is narrated by another inmate named Sailor Luke is the anti hero who refuses to give in to the system wherever and whatever it may be In the prison he is constantly punished for refusing to get his mind
Right His Ability ToHis ability to massive uantities of eggs and constant tweaking of the rules earn the respect of the camp s alpha male Dragline and from there the rest of the inmates Luke is idolized by his peers for his defiance of the rules everyone else grudgingly follows especially his escapes This does not however result in any happiness for Luke I believe the crucial part of the book is where he is surrounded by the other inmates of the bunk cabin who are all basking in his rebellious success and his reaction is to blow up and demand his privacy This is not egotism it is his realization that he does not have a vision of a successful future Even his celebrated escapes have ended in capture and return to the prison camp Luke a natural born world shaker Wickie Slime und Paiper Das Online Erinnerungsalbum fur die Kinder der siebziger Jahre knows he can retain the personal satisfaction of withstanding any physical punishment for refusingnuckle under the prison s but in the end the system is still going to win For Luke this knuckle under the prison s rules but in the end the system is still going to win For Luke this when Boss Godfrey he of the mirrored sun glasses puts a bullet in him The book of course became the source material for a classic motion picture Pearce shared credit with Frank Pierson for writing the screen adaptation Pearce appears in the film in an uncredited cameo as an inmate named Sailor The famous line from Captain What we ve got here is failure to communicate is not Pearce s and is not in the book It was written by Pierson for the moviePearce received a decent payday for writing a best selling novel and selling it to Hollywood although that amount doesn t come close to the massive amounts thrown around in the movie industry now Pearce has reportedly suffered financially through the years and has had health problems He still lives in Florida and continues writing his latest novel titled Nobody Comes Back about the Battle of the Bulge. D 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 surviva. .
Ker face when playing cards and his attitude that nothing could phase him Having to live in chains is certainly a hard way to survive
AND WORKING IN THOSE SEEMSworking in those conditions seems and inhumane A prison work crew has to learn and teamwork I can t imagine living in such close uarters and with synchronicity of every movement Not to mention the pain of those shackles Being constantly watched and threatened by the Boss s whip ept convicts on task and severe beating or time in the box was penalty for stepping out of line Luke s nonchalant ways his refusal to acknowledge pecking order of his peers or to submit to authority make him a victim hero He does have a certain charisma and talent in ways such as the ability to play a mean banjo as well as superior competitive eating skills My sympathizes were with him when he missed his mother s funeral This sadness seemed to have triggered his need to escape When his attempts are successful the morale of his prison family is heightened as they think of him They seem to be living vicariously by imagining his exploits as a freeman Alas freedom doesn t last and Luke is recaptured then subjected to violent abuse as an example to all I thought it was coincidental that I began this novel after recent current events revolving around the saga of escapees from an upstate New York prison While reading I reflected on the day by day reports of these fugitives and remembered a song by Styx band from my high school days entitled Renegade As I often do when reading I tend to lose myself in the life of characters stories and this experience taking leads me to consider many things I may never have thought about before Cool Hand Luke inspired me to think about reform in prisons and prisoner treatment I even found an old film about a true life prisoner Robert Burns not the Scottish poet entitled I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang Life on a chain gang must have been horrendous to consider crawling through thick brush wading swamps outsmarting blood hounds and to have feelings of always being hunted Enjoyed the movie and book with eual levels of satisfaction Would prefer book for re visit Cultural anthropology this book makes me nostalgic for my dad because one night when i was a young child i couldn t sleep and i got up and found my dad in the livingroom watching the movie from this book and i stayed up and watched it with him for awhile I NEVER FORGOT THAT MOVIE from having watched it with my dad even though i was just a young child paul newman is excellent Curiosity got the best of me having seen the movie 376 times approximately Pearce used his personal chain gang experience as the backdrop for this gritty slice of lifecharacter study Most of the incidents in the book appear in the film even though the story is structured in the first person The violence is grittier and intense here but Pearce does an excellent job fleshing out the chain gang inmates and bosses Cool Hand LukeMan this is one of my favourite novels and the book which one of my favourite movies ever the 1967 Paul Newman movie of the same title is based onLuke the ultimate rebel is a real hard case and no matter how hard he s disciplined he just cannot be brokenUntil he is brokenThis novel is partly autobiographical as the author Donn Pearce was an ex prisoner who spent a few years in a chain gang in America s deep SouthBest line of dialogue Sometimes nothing is a real cool hand There is a great story of an individual who entered the Army during World War II He rebelled against the rules went AWOL was sentenced to a stockade and was transferred to a combat infantry unit as a condition of commuting his jail sentence Postwar he did not adjust we. 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 an. .