Deliverance

Deliverance

Book - 1994
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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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1994,, c1970.
ISBN: 9780385313872
038531387X
Call Number: DICKEY
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 22 cm
Subjects: Psychological fiction.
Southern writing.
Georgia -- Fiction.
Appalachians (People) -- Fiction.
Victims of violent crimes -- Fiction.
Wilderness survival -- Fiction.
Male rape victims -- Fiction.
Male friendship -- Fiction.
Canoes and canoeing -- Fiction.

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cshamm1
May 21, 2017

Just like the river where the story takes place in the Georgia backcountry, Deliverance starts slow and meandering. Dickey spends the first 100 pages setting the scene and foreshadowing. When the plot hits the proverbial rapids, thrilling action comes fast and furious in the form of classic conflicts of man vs. nature and man vs. man. (Although the four friends who embark on the canoe trip are in their thirties, a coming-of-age tale is also embedded between the lines.) I had a hard time putting the book down - partly because the action was so good and partly because the book has five sections but no chapters. You find yourself reading 75 pages before finding a natural stopping point to put your bookmark in.

I discovered the book from Time Magazine's "100 best novels of all TIME." I enjoyed Deliverance but want to note that it's not quite on par with 5-star novels on that list, like The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, or The Grapes of Wrath, in my humble opinion.

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stewstealth
Feb 03, 2017

Descriptive novel that contrasts city versus country life and the extent and requirements needed to survive. The characterizations are done well and the pace is quite quick. It is amazing how close the movie follows the book. Worth reading if you are interested.

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joliebergman
Jun 16, 2015

Well, that escalated quickly.

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Jennmro
Jun 29, 2011

Haunting, creepy story that I felt was slightly laborious to read at times. I read this in a couple of days and must admit to skimming some of the more long and descriptive passages, especially the long conversations between some of the characters that felt odd and stilted - not the way that people typically talk to one another. The overall premise was chilling though, and that was enough to keep me reading.

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