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Deliverance The setting is the Georgia wilderness where the state s most remote white water river awaits In the thundering froth of that river in its echoing stone canyons four men on a canoe trip discover a f

  • Title: Deliverance
  • Author: James Dickey
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  • Page: 483
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  • The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state s most remote white water river awaits In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered hisThe setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state s most remote white water river awaits In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

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    1. Posted at Shelf Inflicted I saw this twice, once in the late 80’s and again in 1996, shortly after my husband and I got married. I loved the movie both times I saw it, even though my husband found it utterly boring and not nearly as thrilling as Southern Comfort. Over time, the scenes that stood out the most for me were the dueling banjos and the hillbilly rape.Right after reading the book, I watched the movie a third time. The first thing I noticed was that the film was quite faithful to the [...]

    2. A masterpiece of lyrical, intense writing. When I think of the old writing admonition "make haste, slowly," I think of this book, because the plot is riveting and tense and yet it all unfurls with a measured deliberation, with great care in the writing that transforms it from a potboiler to something far more beautiful. There are so many arresting sentences here. I've cracked the book at random to highlight just a couple (and I don't think they'll spoil anything since they're devoid of context): [...]

    3. Few novelists have claimed such an epic success with their debut novel as James Dickey did with his dramatically brilliant thriller Deliverance, set in the remote North Georgia wilderness. Dickey, who was already an accomplished poet renowned for his surrealism and eye for primal impulses prevailing in the human society, wrote ‘Deliverance’ in 1970 and it has been since regarded among the best English novels of 20th century. The book was adapted into a movie in 1972 starring Burt Reynolds an [...]

    4. Only men would think it is a good idea to go canoeing into the jungle wilderness of Georgia. If this novel were female driven it would have been about two pages long because no woman would stand for its sheer bravado-driven ridiculousness. So four guys so canoeing in Georgia and things go wrong. They go really, really wrong. Deliverance is testosterone personified. It is a novel about men but ultimately it is an ode to masculinity. It harks back to the adventure novels that little boys would rea [...]

    5. The one about the city folk getting lost in the woods and subsequently raped/hunted. Confession: I have never seen the film. I know its a big deal, but all I am ever faced with are the edited-for-TV sections (on TV) of the pig squeal and the torment-heavy megaambiance. The bromance comes to a thunderous halt as the friends try to makes sense of it all and desire desperately to come out alive. It is, I will admit, pretty full of those literary premonitions any horror novel worth its salt would co [...]

    6. Wow. I've been talking about Deliverance to all my friends, who all roll their eyes at me, because I haven't seen the movie. This was one of the best books I've read this year. The writing is documentary style, but surprisingly lyrical. It's told from a single point of view, and works so well for description, mood, suspense, I absolutely loved it.Am I the only person in the world who hasn't seen the movie? I'm familiar with the two most talked-about scenes. The banjo scene was beautifully writte [...]

    7. DOVE PORTA IL FIUME Dickey scriveva principalmente poesie, questo è il suo prima romanzo, genere nel quale si cimentò solo un altro paio di volte. Le sue poesie sono state paragonate al mitico “wall of sound” di Phil Spector, l’altrettanto mitico produttore musicale [/title/tt1745862/? poesie che erano “walls of words”, stratificate, riverberate, imbottite di parole e suono (una delle più famose, “Falling”, descrive una hostess di 29 anni risucchiata da un jet in volo). Con le p [...]

    8. Deliverance is a book about wilderness and survival. Maybe, not the way you would generally imagine a wilderness -vs- survival meeting (no spoilers here) but none-the-less, survival in the truest sense. This novel was very well written, extremely fluent and flowing.

    9. Probably the only way I would've appreciated this novel more would be if I were a white collar, mid-life-crisis-having family man in the 70's. That should say at least something, considering I'm not by any stretch what you would call an adventure novel reader, and haven't even remotely settled myself into a stable enough existence to warrant feelings of stagnation and suburban humdrum. My kids and my mortgage are not dragging me down enough to compel me to thrill-seek in nature or join an underg [...]

    10. First of the year and what a first, a simple, totally gripping story that resonates with power. Will Patton's narration puts you on that river, in that tree sighting the arrow with one shot at survival and this gets my highest recommendation. Told in first person through the eyes of Ed Gentry, who with three friends attempts a breakout from suburbia with a canoe and hunting trip. Naïve, lacking the skills needed to survive, maybe but things don’t get any easier when they are approached on th [...]

    11. "You didn't know what you uz agettin' into, did you?"A bunch of suburban men try to suck the marrow out of life in 1970's Deliverance, and find instead that life sucks the marrow out of them. Poet Laureate James Dickey is interested in getting back to the basics, escaping from the plastic-wrapped safety of suburbia: his characters find that they are in no way equipped to handle it.I know Deliverance from the movie, and specifically from the only scene anyone remembers from the movie, which invol [...]

    12. Like many of you, I imagine, I have a simple rule: read the book, then see the movie. But that didn’t happen with Deliverance. I saw the movie many years ago, and just now got to the book. At first it was hard to read the book—quite brilliant in its descriptive power—without seeing Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, and Jon Voight. But in a testament to the book, slowly they slipped away and the power of the page prevailed.The plot is well-known: four buddies embark on a canoe trip down the a rive [...]

    13. Woo hoo, my last book of 2016, and boy was it a doozy! What a fantastic way to end the year. :)This book is about 4 suburban men who spend the weekend river rafting and hunting deep within the mountains of Georgia. They meet some hillbillies, horrible things happen, and then they spend the rest of the weekend in a race to survive the brutal elements of the wilderness, as well as trying to survive against enemies who were born and raised in those mountains. The enemies have the advantage of knowi [...]

    14. 4 homens de classe média , cansados da vida da cidade com todo seu stress e correria decidem ,para relaxar, descer de canoa o rio Atlanta , rio que leva o mesmo nome da cidade onde moram, mas acabam vivendo um grande pesadelo, com mortes e muito horror e com uma cena de um estrupo que me chocou! puro sadismo puro terror !Quem leu o livro vai saber o que estou falando.Um livro muito bomm parece que foi o primeiro livro de James Dickey, e nem parece que seu forte nos livros posteriores seria poes [...]

    15. The book from which they made the movie that kicked off the backwoods brutality genre. I haven't seen the movie. It probably isn't as dense with details of slants of thought and twists of mind as the novel is. On the other hand, it probably doesn't have to spend hundreds and hundreds of words describing settings. Dickey's style is far from stripped-down or terse. It's detailed; very detailed. Often too much so for my taste, getting lost in a second-by-second description of crawling over a rock, [...]

    16. For over thirty years, I have avoided this story. A young man with little experience in the woods outside of a KOA campground need not soon revisit such a tale of horror and invasion. Still, the memories of the worst of it, the visual of it have stayed with me, however blurred. The albino boy with the banjo, the wildness of the river, and yes, the screams of Ned Beatty. But film has rarely if ever captured the dark beauty of nature or the hopelessness of true tragedy and so it became time to pla [...]

    17. Deliverance by James Dickey was a book that really took me by surprise. Outside of my comfort zone Deliverance tells the story of four men closing in on middle age and looking for a little adventure take to the remote white waster river in the Georgia wilderness with two canoes. The adventure turns to a nightmare and a struggle for survival.I honestly had never heard of this book and for me this was a challenge as I don't read adventure stories. This was a brilliant and breath taking adventure a [...]

    18. There are no spoilers here, nothing to ruin it for the few people who have never seen the 1972 movie of the same name. The movie followed fairly closely to the book, so I knew where the plot was headed the whole time. Even with that knowledge, I was inexorably pulled into the story, unable to set the book down.Dickey’s continuous examinations in the early part of the book infect the reader with the malaise that has enveloped Ed Gentry and become his life. As a canoe trip that began as a break [...]

    19. DELIVERANCE is a tremendous novel and river adventure from James Dickey. This is an American classic.

    20. It's too bad that there is such an overwhelming popular culture taboo built around this book, because it is one hell of a good book. While I read it, I kept thinking to myself, "Why did none of my college professors ever force us to read this book?", all the while trying to ignore the simple fact that it would have been too much, too risque, too potentially offensive and that, in a room full of English majors, who are generally not known for their robustness of constitution or even of knowing wh [...]

    21. Some impressions of the book four months after having read it:The book, unlike the film, is told completely from the perspective of ad agency studio artist Ed Gentry, and so there's a lot of stuff about his home, work, family and his lust for an artist's model that are completely missing from the film. The filter of having it all told by him, with his analysis, also is not part of the movie. Ed is a main character in the film, for sure, but quite diminished in the screen version.The first encoun [...]

    22. 4.5 Stars. A weekend canoeing trip for four friends becomes a battle for survival in this suspenseful and action-packed adventure story set in the remote backwoods of Georgia. A real page-turner that makes me want to watch the movie again plus see and hear the dueling banjo scene. A must-read!

    23. I enjoyed this book. From what I remember, I believe the made the movie pretty close to the book.I don't think the characters were very prepared and did not proceed with a lot of common sense, so it could be said that they sort of deserved the trouble they encountered.The biggest thing I took from this is how easy you can go from having a fairly normal life to having one with skeletons in your closet that will haunt you every day.

    24. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/A weekend adventure for four middle-aged suburbanites quickly turns sour when a couple of strangers interrupt their canoe trip . . . With Spring just around the corner and the rumblings of “float trips” already being overheard in my corner of Redneckville, USA, I figured it was prime time to brush up on my camping knowledge so I can inform people what to truly expect on their weekend excursions.Even if you are like me and have never watched the film v [...]

    25. I haven’t seen the film adaptation of Deliverance; I’ve only heard of the infamous “squeal like a pig” scene. Having just finished the book, the movie is next up on my Netflix queue, and I can only hope it’s half as good as the novel. The book does what so many of the greats do: tell a highly entertaining, page-turning story while at the same time layering in ideas and themes one after the other without telling you what to think about them. You could write ten or twenty different viabl [...]

    26. I can only think of three reasons someone reads Deliverance. You're a bibliophile who refuses to watch movies if they're based on books, you hate Burt Reynolds, or you have a fantasy wherein you're raped at gunpoint by country boys. My point is, no one watches the movie and says to themselves, "I've gotta read this book!" If you have never heard of Deliverance, you should sublet your rock to the witness protection program. Even if you haven't seen the movie or read the book you've heard about th [...]

    27. Solid dramatic writing that centers on the internal struggles as much as with the external.The writing in regards to the characters' lives, relationships, and respect for the natural world is beautiful, and even the uglier elements are well orchestrated. On the surface this is a purely external nightmare, a macho adrenaline pumping adventure, but the real drama is encapsulated in the internal processes of the protagonist and seeing how he will respond to the external challenges. This is really t [...]

    28. This isn’t my usual sort of reading—but then everyone who knows me has told me not to see the movie. My husband told me it was rather brutal* which was reason enough for me to avoid. Then one of my friends here on wrote a beautiful review which made me think I might be able to read the book. Reading allows one to skim acts/sections of violence/perversion, concentrating on what else the book has to offer.And indeed there is much to commend Deliverance. The setting is rural way-backwoods Geor [...]

    29. Liked the beginning when the guys were planning the trip.Not really shocked, but more surprised by the "event" that they get caught up in. Just felt random and added for shock value.From there, I was bored. I've never been a fan of adventure stories so reading pages and pages and pages of one guy running around, hiding, plotting, etc. just bored me. Kind of like how The Road bored me. Kind of like how the second half of The Hunger Games bored me. I just didn't care and had a tough time wrapping [...]

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