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Cool Hand Luke: Introduction by Antonia Quirke Paperback – 22 Sep 2011


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Corsair (22 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780333811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780333816
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Larkin on 18 Nov 2011
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I read this book many years ago and recently bought it for my sister as she enjoyed the film as well.I also saw the play recently in London. This is a classic tale of an unquenchable spirit and the demons that haunt him. The author says he (very loosely)based the character on someone who achieved legendary status in the prison system for his repeated escapes. He also knows what it' like to serve on a chain gang as he did so for 2 years. "You run one time, you got yourself a set of chains. You run twice you got yourself two sets. You ain't gonna need no third set, 'cause you gonna get your mind right."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By darrell t on 8 Jan 2013
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Loved the film version of Cool Hand Luke so just had to read the book. Great story and well written. If you haven't seen the film do so but read the book first.
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By nigel p bird on 13 Sep 2013
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Having recently read a couple of books which spawned films I love (Rumblefish and The Outsiders, for example), I thought I'd give Cool Hand Luke a go.
My first impressions were very positive, the lean prose telling of the harsh routines and lives of prisoners on the Hard Road (or chain gang). As well as its raw quality, there's something poetic in the simplicity.
Take this, a description of then the gang are being driven back to their cells after another tough day and are taking in some of the sights:
`The fruit of the orange trees goes speeding by like the globes of distant planets dangling in outer-space.'
Eventually the plot gravitates to the Cool Hand Luke of the title.
He's a tough bird and a war hero who has seen too much of what human beings are capable of during his time in Europe to ever care about much again. He soon becomes the leader of the pack and the stories of his escapes are retold by those who were there, sometimes to inspire and mostly to help pass the time.
What you get here is a story that's woven inside a tapestry of prison life. To me, the passages became a little repetitive, like the routines they reflect, which might have a lot to offer many but left me feeling a little stir-crazy. I wanted to burst out and break back into the narrative of Luke's life on more than one occasion.
I was reminded of a reading event I attended a good while ago when Ed Bunker brought to life his prison stories with colour and humour; I'd definitely have liked a little of the Bunker spirit in this one.
I did find myself rooting for Luke and holding my breath while I was holding out for news of his progress on the run and there was enough in this to bring me pleasure.
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