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Jaws Mass Market Paperback – July 30, 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Benchley's novel, while better known as the source material for Steven Spielberg's classic movie, has earned its own stripes as a small gem of suspense fiction. With another summer fast approaching, audio listeners may be interested in revisiting the town of Amity, Long Island, and getting back in the water. Erik Steele, a theater and film actor, chomps into Benchley's raw prose with appetite, enjoying every bite of gore and social observation. Making ample use of well-placed pauses and silences, Steele amplifies not only the suspense, but Benchley's surprisingly well-honed characterizations. The experience, of course, is markedly different from Spielberg's film, offering shocks less visceral and more contemplative. A Random House hardcover. (Apr.)
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This novel about a rogue shark that terrorizes a beach community hasn’t aged a day since its publication more than 35 years ago. Benchley’s writing is lean and efficient—this is his first novel, and also by far his best—and the story is a solid mixture of small-town politics, mystery, and outright terror. The author positions his protagonist, police chief Martin Brody, as virtually the lone voice of reason in a town filled with people who want to downplay the shark’s presence (so as not to scare away tourists with their bulging wallets); and when the body count starts to rise, it’s Brody who has to find a way to kill the beast, even if it means putting his own life on the line. The familiar characters—Brody, oceanographer Matt Hooper, shark-hunter Quint—are not as likable as they are in Steven Spielberg’s classic film adaptation, but in the context of the novel, they are well drawn and compelling. Those who are familiar with the movie, but not the book, are in for some surprises, and those who read the book way back when should definitely give it another look. --David Pitt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
It's not that the book isn't well-written. It is. But the film gets at the meat of what's so resonant in the story. The whole man-vs.-beast theme, whether the beast is part of the great unknown outer world or from within the great unexplored interior soul, is the essential driver of the Jaws story.
But man, does the book have a whole lot of noise about small town politics and gazpacho that is just so...1970s. Seriously. This book is like a time capsule into 1970s fiction. The world was all fixated on Watergate and Story Of O and Fear Of Flying and so Benchley seems to have dumped those ingredients into his stew. So we have to deal with marital infidelity, including one of the most basely objectifying scenes of a woman in literature. We have to put up with selectmen bickering with corrupt real estate moguls and other tiresome tropes. These things may have been novel (ha!) in the early 1970s, but thanks to time and TV they're now commonplace third-rate story lines from CBS cop shows. It doesn't serve the book well in the long run.
Yes, I admit that JAWS is one of my favourite films and that I have it memorised to this day. I admit that I own Gottlieb's _The Jaws Log_ and have read it a dozen times. Still and all, I don't think that prejudice for the film negates the fundamental weaknesses in this book. The background noise of this novel just has not weathered well over time. I first read it in 1980 and have read it three times since then. It gets more trite every time.