With the present-day issue of the plight of the homeless, it is ironic to read Dukes, a novel set almost a century earlier, and draw parallels between the historical characters and today's homeless people.
Lucky, a young girl, Nose, an old geezer, and Baptist, a deaf and mute black man, travel from Florida town to Florida town playing music to drum up an audience and contenders for their bare-dukes-only boxing match. Any man paying ten dollars can challenge Baptist and win one hundred dollars if he can knock the boxer down. Townspeople pay a dollar apiece to watch the event, with children attending free.
This motley crew of three makes a living in this fashion, squirreling away extra money that never seems to be enough to buy themselves a little land and a home of their own.
The inner dignity of human beings strikes a universal chord, no matter...
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The Dukes Study Pack contains:
Dukes Short Guide
Robert Newton Peck Biographies (3)
1,786 words, approx. 6 pages
Robert Peck (born 1928) won critical and popular acclaim for his first novel, A Day No Pigs Would Die (1973). Critics lauded its unsentimental rendering of farm life and the often brutal realities of ...
4,708 words, approx. 16 pages
Robert Newton Peck's first book, A Day No Pigs Would Die, won several book awards and secured its author a long career in young-adult fiction. This 1972 debut and Peck's subsequent works portray a rur...
4,085 words, approx. 14 pages
"I am tall, and awkward, and [a] stubborn Vermonter who wears mule-ear boots, a ten-gallon hat and what I like to think of as a country-boy grin."My favorite sport is curling; I play piano honky-tonk ...