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Jaws Hardcover – May 31, 2005
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I agree with others who pooh-pooh this book for the cheap, soap opera-ish romance between Cooper and Brody's wife; even back then, this wasn't particularly well done, nor did it serve to advance the plot. That's why it was completely removed from the film version, so the movie could focus completely on how do we deal with the menacing shark.
Still, Jaws was and always be one of the great thrillers of all time - both as a book and a movie. Peter Benchely was a master who, ironically, ended up dedicating his life to shark preservation after villifying them with this book. How sad to learn of his passing earlier this year. But everyone should read Jaws! Book lovers and movie lovers alike; it gives us all a great sense of where the truly great stories come from.
Talk about sharkbite. Ouch!
Making matters worse is that the book is very different from the movie, in many minor and a few major respects. People reading "Jaws" after seeing the movie may scratch their heads seeing the character Richard Dreyfuss played in the movie having a fling with Roy Scheider's wife, or how differently the final confrontation on the "Orca" turns out.
Steven Speilberg definitely improved upon it, but "Jaws" is still a good book, at times very much so. If you can set aside your memory of the movie and try to read this with fresh eyes, you will find yourself enjoying the book, and perhaps even feel, as I do, a little grateful it isn't just a novelization of what was on screen.
Speilberg had the best take on "Jaws" the novel when he said the characters in it are so unlikable he pulled for the shark. I think Benchley wanted exactly that effect. If so, he succeeds. The central character in the novel as in the film, Chief Brody, is lunkheaded if sympathetic. His wife, Ellen, feels shackled not because of the feminist urges then roiling the social scene but because she's a rich girl who married down and now has regrets about the Hampton cocktail soirees she passed up. The citizens of the town, named Amity perhaps ironically, are so cold-blooded they want the beaches kept open, shark or no, because otherwise they lose their summer trade. The mayor is in with the Mob.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun from start to finish, “Jaws” gives you just what you expect with some more detail not delivered in the movie. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Drew (@drewsant)
My old paperback was loosing pages. I like to reread good books, so I replaced it with a kindle version.Published 25 days ago by blueskys
not as good as the movie, the background information about the author and his journey was really interesting. Worth a read.Published 1 month ago by A. Kroll
Robert Benchley’s father was a novelist, his grandfather was a humorist. He was born and raised in New York City. Read more
I enjoyed it very much. It is different enough from the movie for plot twists and surprises. Very face paced and 'reels you in in". Perfect for the summer!Published 1 month ago by kotobuki