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Summer of Deliverance: A Memoir of Father and Son Paperback – August 4, 1999
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Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Dead, I am most surely living
In the minds of farm boys: I am he who drives
Them like wolves from the hound bitch and calf
And from the chaste ewe in the wind.
They go into woods into bean fields they go
Deep into their known right hands. Dreaming of me,
They groan they wait they suffer
Themselves, they marry, they raise their kind."
It is a chilling image, a more serious look perhaps at the same sexual compulsions that plagued poor tortured teenager Alex Portnoy. Another poem I remember is "Fog Envelops the Animals" with its images of a bow hunter stalking a deer in early morning fog. The poem's subject was revisited in a scene in Dickey's highly successful novel, Deliverance.
For all of his writing life, James Dickey aimed at writing totally orginal virile, vigorous and "muscular" poetry and prose, and he seemed to succeed in poems like "Fog...Read more ›
The section of the book about the making of the Deliverance movie was especially fascinating, with peeks into the personalities of the rich and famous who arrived to participate in the movie's making.
I hope we get more books from Christopher Dickey--I thought his writing was excellent.
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A beautifully written, honest, heartfelt story. A must-read for writers. No, make that a must-read for all fathers and sons. One of the best memoirs I have ever read.Published on May 16, 2014 by Styles
The book was in good shape except for the cover of which one half was torn off.Published on April 10, 2009 by Appletinie
This company has been the worst I have ever ordered from.
I ordered the book on January 4, 2009 and did not EVER receive it. Read more
If you loved the film and the book this is excellent back-ground on James Dickey. The inside story on the making of Deliverance was a gem.Published on June 17, 2008 by a reader
A difficult read. Like the House of Atreus, James Dickey caved into fate and tragedy while also famous. Read morePublished on September 11, 2007 by Bachelier
I think Deliverance is an excellent book, and when I saw this memoir, I couldn't resist giving it the once-over. Read morePublished on November 2, 2005 by lightnin_hopkins
I picked up this book thinking that it would be a good gift for Father's Day (coming up June 19, boys and girls), and after finishing it I concur. Read morePublished on June 2, 2005 by Kevin Killian
This book has some excellent parts, but I was frustrated by some aspects of this book.
The best reason to read the book is the relation of James Dickey's apparent last... Read more