Deliverance
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Deliverance

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by James Dickey
     
 

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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

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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 harrowing deliverance.

Editorial Reviews

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385313872
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1994
Series:
Modern Library 100 Best Novels Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.24(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)

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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Deliverance 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Loved the movie, so I decided to read the book. The characters are not as well defined up front, but that changes as the book goes on. The movie didn't seem to settle on a clear message, but the book does. Ed's journey is by far more obvious and primal. The book focuses more on who Ed has to become and his relationship with the river. I liked the concept and symbolism, and I enjoyed the story. Dickey is a poet, and so his descriptions are deep and illuminating. However, he goes into so much detail about the wilderness over and over that it became a slog for me at times. I ended up skimming paragraphs to get to something that mattered. Although from all of the meticulous description, I did understand how Ed was changing, and that was important. The ending picked up quite a bit, and the interaction with the police is more detailed and interesting than in the movie. To say these guys were lucky is an understatement. Favorite line (I don't know why really. I guess it just hit me right): 'He wore his hat at the prescribed country tilt.' And When Ed is talking to the Sheriff, the sheriff compliments him (I won't say more), and this is very cool because it has a double meaning for the reader. Loved that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. I guess he had to drag out some parts , or book would of been a short story. A pleasant surprise was the book was not on line with the movie as far as the way the men thought about each other even as far as thinking about killing one of them. If you like the movie read the book.
diezelUW More than 1 year ago
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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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?

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.

rogerreads More than 1 year ago
I did n9ot receiv e fre shipping
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.