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Deliverance

Deliverance

by James Dickey

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Overview

“You're hooked, you feel every cut, grope up every cliff, swallow water with every spill of the canoe, sweat with every draw of the bowstring. Wholly absorbing [and] dramatic.”—Harper's Magazine

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385313872
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/10/1994
Series: Modern Library 100 Best Novels Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 145,050
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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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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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