This was one of the best books I've read this year. The writing is documentary style, but surprisingly lyrical. It's told from a single point of view, and works so well for description, mood, suspense, I absolutely loved it.
Am I the only person in the world who hasn't seen the movie? I'm familiar with the two most talked-about scenes. The banjo scene was beautifully writte...more
The book, unlike the film, is told completely from the perspective of ad agency studio artist Ed Gentry, and so there's a lot of stuff about his home, work, family and his lust for an artist's model that are completely missing from the film. The filter of having it all told by him, with his analysis, also is not part of the movie. Ed is a main character in the film, for sure, but quite diminished in the screen version.
The first encoun...more
The plot is well-known: four buddies embark on a canoe trip down the a river in r...more
'Deliverance' isn't your everyday pulp novel; it's modern literature. Mr. Dickey's choice of words, syntax and lack of clichés made it a refreshing and positive page-turning experience. This story of survival is unique and damn good. The bes...more
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.Review
"A novel that will curl your toes...Dickey's canoe rides to the limits of dramatic tension
I haven't seen the movie. It probably isn't as dense with details of slants of thought and twists of mind as the novel is. On the other hand, it probably doesn't have to spend hundreds and hundreds of words describing settings.
Dickey's style is far from stripped-down or terse. It's detailed; very detailed. Often too much so for my taste, getting lost in a second-by-second description of crawling over a rock,...more
I loved the lyrical writing style, though at times it could become a bit overblown. S...more
* So mu...more
I guess it's basically just that you hardly ever find a plot this tight (or guiltily pleasurable) in a literary novel. Dickey's prose is so nice to read: a mix between Saul Bellow's off-kilter metaphor* and Robert Penn Warren's...more
Though I would have preferred to read the book without knowing so much, I found...more
The premise is well-known. Four men from the city decide to canoe down a wild river that is soon to be dammed up. On their way, they encounter a couple of hillbillies who are intent on murder, and worse. The four men end up in a fight for survival against this evil they’ve encountered, against the...more
At times it wa...more
I don't like to label something as "manly" or "womanly". Many reviewers here have considered Deliverance a manly book, and I don't fault them for it, but I believe words like that play into stereotypes about gender. I will sa...more
"Deliverance" has always had a strong pull on my psyche, thought this comes mainly from the movie. The film came out when I was 11, and I went to camp that summer in Tallulah Gorge where they filmed the cliff-climbing / bow-and-arrow climax. The crew had to buy so many identical green wooden canoes to film the whitewater scenes, and I paddled many times in one of these, bought at auction by my next door neighbors after filming wrapped.
I saw the the kosher version (i.e., no pigs) on network TV co...more