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Deliverance [NOOK Book]

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The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the states 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...
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Deliverance

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Overview

The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the states 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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Editorial Reviews

New Yorker
A brillant and breathtaking adventure that is also an acute comment on America.
The Nation
A novel of stunning power.
The New Republic
A tour de force.
NY Times Book Review
A novel that will curl your toes...Dickey's canoe rides to the limits of dramatic tension.
From the Publisher
"A novel that will curl your toes...Dickey's canoe rides to the limits of dramatic tension."—New York Times Book Review

"A brilliant and breathtaking adventure."—The New Yorker

"A novel stunning power."—The Nation

"A tour de force."—New Republic

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307483706
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/19/2008
  • Series: Modern Library 100 Best Novels
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 101,776
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

James Dickey was born in Atlanta. One of America's best known poets and a winner of the National Book Award for Buckdancer's Choice, he is the author of the National bestseller To The White Sea, a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Carolina Professor and Poet-in-Residence at the university of South Carolina.


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  • Posted November 20, 2013

    I did not enjoy this book. I also thought that there are much be

    I did not enjoy this book. I also thought that there are much better stories with descriptive scenery and adventure. I read true crime so it was not the killing or the lying it was the nature of how he made a group of people look. I disliked the movie and the book was no better.

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

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    I did n9ot receiv e fre shipping

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2010

    Bad books

    I personally did not injoy this book. To me all this book did was stretch out a few short parts over pages and pages for no reason. It seems that James Dickey's only goal was to make what could have been a short story into a novel, not to make it enjoyable. The summery makes you think you're going on an adventure with a bunch of kids right out of college and one of them turns on the others and kills them. But in reallity, its a bunch of middle age guys that are trying to hunt in the forsest but run into some mountain men and get chased by them. If anyone going into 11th grade and is thinking of reading this book for their summer reading, DON'T. It would be better if you read any of the other books on the list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    "AMAZING"

    What will you do if you go to a enjoyable journey that turns to a dangerous one? This book is called "Deliverance." The characters were Drew, Lewis, and Bobby. They were taking a canoe trip along a Georgia river. This entire story takes place on Aintry where the characters wanted to have an incredible journey, but this was unexpected for them. Their situation makes to read it without stop wondering what is going to happen. It also makes to imagine the entire story as a real life. I felt sad by the way they faced their problems that they just wanted to have an escape. They felt hopelessness, anger, and fear. In the other hand, this story is kind of masculine strength. In one part, they chose the best way they could do to survive. So they just wanted liberation after been in a hard situation. I think if the survivers would like to take another trip, they will think in something as a tragedy, otherwise, they will probably enjoy it but they are going to have their issue in mind anyways. It happens in some cases when you plan to have an entertainment, but you get the opposite way. I really liked this book; actually I like to read survival books. I would like to recommend this book as a good one to read for all those people who like to read hazardous books. I wonder if you come out with the same question as mine, "What Will I Do if that Happens to Me?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2004

    very intense reading

    I have got to be one of the few people who have not seen Deliverance, the movie. I bought the book (because I would rather read the book than see the movie) and found the book amazingly well written and parts of it were so intense that I found myself holding my breath while reading them. Very, very good book. I saw the movie a few days after finishing the book and was very disappointed. The movie did not translate the intensity of the story. Parts of seemed over-acted, overly dramatic, and just plain silly. The screenplay, while true to the actions of the book, left out much of the character development and revealing conversations between the men. I will read the book again many times, I'm sure, but I will never watch that movie again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2002

    Deliverance

    Three weekend warriors find themselves in the middle of nowhere engaged in a violent game of cat and mouse with the resident hillbillies. If that sounded interesting, Deliverance is a must read. The tale unfolds as 4 urbanites set out on a weekend canoe trip on a river soon to be decimated by a dam. Their trip starts out innocent enough, however, soon their unwelcome intrusion on hillbilly property and attempts at poaching deer anger the locals. The city folk find themselves pitted head to head with the hillbillies in a terrifying battle. Both sides 'hunt' each other and many end up dead in the name of survival. I highly recommend this bone-chilling novel to all who enjoy suspense and the outdoors; it is sure to leave you wondering just what can happen when you venture away from home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2002

    Dickey has created a masterpiece

    This book absolutley blew me away! I was fascinated by the tale of four normal men who rise above their indoorsy, urban backgrounds to accomplish incredible things in the name of survival. The suspense from page to page was extremely gripping, and i especially enjoyed how real Dickey's characters became. The reader watched Ed develop into a formidable outdoorsmen, and was deeply inside his head, feeling his fears and triumphs. Dickey's writing was almost poetic in the way it was so descriptive, that i felt like i was scaling the walls of the gorge along with Ed, grasping for handholds and contemplating death. I would reccomend this novel to anyone looking for an exciting read, which keeps the reader on the edge of their seat, completly lost in the intensity of the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2001

    Excellent....

    This is a powerful and gut-wrenching book. My stomach actually turned during the most horrifying parts, and horrifying they were, not to mention totally believable. I have heard people talk about how it 'really does follow the movie accurately,' but in fact, obviously, the book came first. I read the book and then watched the movie, and was quite surprised to see that James Dickey wrote the screenplay because so much of his story and struggle is lost in the film version. The movie is good, but no where near the book. To anyone who reads this: read the book first!! You will not regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2001

    Author's reading adds another dimension to a fine work

    Arguably one of the most powerful short novels of the twentieth century, Deliverance is even more fascinating as it is read by James Dickey. The emotions written on the page are magnified by the author as he reads his work brilliantly. Read the book, then hear the author read it. You'll be glad you did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2001

    be ready

    Be ready for anything is what this is truly about. Ready to be surrounded by different outer limits, and having no control over your fate or destiny. deliverance is a good book, alot better then the movie, but make sure you are capable of handling twisted, deep meaningful text.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2000

    City folk verus rednecks in a battle of survival

    A group of four business men head off to go canoeing on a river deep in the South, for a weekend getaway. Every thing is going as planned until they run in to some crazy locals in the middle of their trip. The situation flips 360 degrees in a matter of minutes. Can the city folk out fox the rednecks of the South? <p> James Dickey's writing style combines the essence of outdoors with the reality of life. This is a book that readers won't want to put down. A definite thriller to keep readers up all night wondering what is going to happen next.

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