Chattooga: Descending into the Myth of Deliverance River

Chattooga: Descending into the Myth of Deliverance River

by John Lane
     
 

Before the novel and the film Deliverance appeared in the early 1970s, any outsiders one met along the Chattooga River were likely serious
canoeists or anglers. In later years, untold numbers and kinds of people have felt the draw of the river's torrents, which pour down the
Appalachians along the Georgia-South Carolina border. Because ofSee more details below

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Before the novel and the film Deliverance appeared in the early 1970s, any outsiders one met along the Chattooga River were likely serious
canoeists or anglers. In later years, untold numbers and kinds of people have felt the draw of the river's torrents, which pour down the
Appalachians along the Georgia-South Carolina border. Because of Deliverance the Chattooga looms enigmatically in our shared
imagination, as iconic as Twain's Mississippi--or maybe Conrad's Congo.

This is John Lane's search for the real Chattooga--for the truths that reside somewhere in the river's rapids, along its shores, or in its travelers' hearts. Lane balances the dark, indifferent mythical river of Deliverance against the Chattooga known to locals and to the outdoors enthusiasts who first mastered its treacherous vortices and hydraulics. Starting at its headwaters, Lane leads us down the river and through its complex history to its current status as a National Wild and Scenic River. Along the way he stops for talks with conservation activists, seventh-generation residents, locals who played parts in the movie, day visitors, and others. Lane weaves into each encounter an abundance of details drawn from his perceptive readings and viewings of Deliverance and his wide-ranging knowledge of the Chattooga watershed. At the end of his run, Lane leaves us still fully possessed by the Chattooga's mystery, yet better informed about its place in his world and ours.

John Lane's writing has been published in American Whitewater, Southern Review, Terra Nova, and Fourth Genre. His books include Waist Deep in Black Water (Georgia), several volumes of poetry, and Weed Time, a gathering of his essays. Lane is an associate professor of English at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820327754
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
951,386
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

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