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.
Praise for Deliverance
“Once read, never forgotten.”—Newport News Daily Press
“A tour de force . . . How a man acts when shot by an arrow, what it feels like to scale a cliff or to capsize, the ironic psychology of fear: these things are conveyed with remarkable descriptive writing.”—The New Republic
“Freshly and intensely alive . . . with questions that haunt modern urban man.”—Southern Review
“A fine and honest book that hits the reader's mind with the sting of a baseball just caught in the hand.”—The Nation
“[James Dickey's] language has descriptive power not often matched in contemporary American writing.”—Time
“A harrowing trip few readers will forget.”—Asheville Citizen-Times
"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
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THERE WAS SOMETHING about me that usually kept me from dreaming, or maybe kept me from remembering what I had dreamed; I was either awake or dead, and I always came back slowly. I had the feeling that if it were perfectly quiet, if I could hear nothing, I would never wake up. Something in the world had to pull me back, for every night I went down deep, and if I had any sensation during sleep, it was of going deeper and deeper, trying to reach a point, a line or border.
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Copyright © 1994 James Dickey.
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