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Deliverance (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) Paperback – September 10, 1994
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"A brilliant and breathtaking adventure."—The New Yorker
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"A tour de force."—New Republic
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"A brilliant and breathtaking adventure."--The New Yorker
"A novel stunning power."--The Nation
"A tour de force."--The New Republic
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The river flows through rocky, mountainous terrain, one of those areas in which all the human inhabitants are presumably related to each other. Some of the locals try to discourage the men from tackling the river with canoes, but Lewis is resolute, and they set off down the river as planned. The trip goes smoothly the first day, but the next day, Ed and Bobby run into trouble -- a terrifying encounter with two murderous, animalistic backwoods goons. Lewis and Drew arrive in time to save Ed's and Bobby's lives, but not without a price. When the four men try to escape down the river, Lewis, the strongest and best hunter among them, breaks his leg in a passage through some vicious rapids. Trapped in a gorge and stalked by a vengeful assailant, the men must rely on Ed to save their lives.Read more ›
It is the story of Ed Gentry, his born-to-be-wild, alpha-male best friend Lewis (we never do find out his last name), and two acquaintances, soft-bodied insurance salesman Bobby Trippe and banjo-playing sales manager Drew Ballinger, as they set out on a three-day whitewater canoe journey. A canoe journey that would bring them much, much more than any of them---including Lewis---had bargained for. One that would bring them face-to-face with the wild side of human nature. One which they might not survive.
Told from Ed's viewpoint, DELIVERANCE is a powerful study in what happens when two extremes meet each other; when one has to play the other's game in order to hope for any chance of survival. When raw masculinity is freely expressed in one moment, then cruelly stripped away in the next. When one's biggest fear was making it through the daily grind, and who now must rely on his own long-atrophied natural instincts to achieve his own needed deliverance. This is a study in suburban routine and complacency meeting the ugly rural face of chaos. This is the story of the weekend these men had when they didn't play golf.
This is a story that is unsuspectingly brutal, not for the squeamish and certainly not for children. Everyone else should experience it. Whether it turns you off or intrigues your senses, one thing's for sure: DELIVERANCE is a novel that will stay with you long after you finish the journey.
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I loved the writing and I felt as if I were there among the four travelers who get in over their heads as they explore the wilds of the rural south. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Sandra Louden
Intelligent writing and masterful prose. Fantastic detail and imaging as the writer tells of a nightmare weekend on a river in Northern Georgia.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
A friend and I are reading our way through Time Magazine's "All Time 100 Novel" (published in the English language after 1923), and Deliverance is on the list. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CH
Some few good scenes, but mostly not. A good "story," but sloppy writing, and a lack of attention to what was going on, totally destroyed any suspension of disbelief... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Skye