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This is James Dickey’s study on the lingering elements of primitive urges and primal instincts for survival, which is hidden asleep in even the most civilized of human beings.

This is James Dickey’s study on the lingering elements of primitive urges and primal instincts for survival, which is hidden asleep in even the most civilized of human beings. He generates dangerous situations within his narrative as test cases to inspect how law-abiding human beings shed their veil of being civilized in response to mortal threats in settings where the common laws of civilization and morality cease to exist.

Praise for james dickey’s classic adventure novel. A harrowing trip few readers will forget. Asheville Citizen-Times. Books by. James dickey. Once read, never forgotten. Newport News Daily Press.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. The book is part of Time's Greatest Books (1923-2005) list and Deliverance is in the books I've read from this list-so I'm almost 1/3 of the way through my goal of reading all 100. Although I highly recommend this book, it is definitely not for the faint of heart or the squeamish of stomach.

Deliverance is a 1970 novel by James Dickey, his first. It was adapted into a 1972 film by director John Boorman.

The 40th anniversary of James Dickey’s book about wilderness and survival shouldn’t slip by unnoticed. Deliverance is the kind of novel few serious writers attempt any longer, a book about wilderness and survival whose DNA contains shards of both Heart of Darkness and Huckleberry Finn. It tells the story of four mild, middle-class men from suburban Atlanta who embark on a canoe trip, snaking down a remote Georgia river that will soon disappear beneath a dam.

James Dickey was born in Atlanta.

A harrowing trip few readers will forget. A novel that will curl your toes. James Dickey was born in Atlanta. One of America's best known poets and a winner of the National Book Award for Buckdancer's Choice, he is the author of the National bestseller To The White Sea, a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Carolina Professor and Poet-in-Residence at the university of.

This time the wind woke me, and I dragged upward and tried, with the instinct of survival, to get clear of where I had been, one more time. I was used to hearing Martha’s breath bring me back, for she breathed heavily, but this time it was the wind.

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Deliverance; author James Dickey 1972 paperback, Dell

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There are no spoilers here, nothing to ruin it for the few people who have never seen the 1972 movie of the same name. The movie followed fairly closely to the book, so I knew where the plot was headed the whole time. Even with that knowledge, I was inexorably pulled into the story, unable to set the book down.

Dickey’s continuous examinations in the early part of the book infect the reader with the malaise that has enveloped Ed Gentry and become his life. As a canoe trip that began as a break in life’s monotony quickly morphed into a struggle for survival, we can see how Ed changes and becomes someone he never imagined he could be.

This book is a mixture of a thriller tinged with adventure, camaraderie, dread, and the horror that only an unexpected, unspeakable situation can inflict. Human nature is human nature, and it is impossible to predict how anyone would act if confronted with a similar situation. Author James Dickey’s portrayal of forced survival decisions is powerful and revealing, and is not a book to be missed. Five stars.
Probably like everyone else, I watched the movie first, then read the book. They are both great and subtly different. The movie strikes me as a bit more ambiguous than the book, reflecting a foreigner's interest and mixed feelings on things (wilderness, Americana, weekend warriors) that we natives may take for granted. The book much more takes the perspective of Ed (Jon Voight), who is definitely trapped in corporate existential malaise. It's interesting that the "deliverance" in the title is never mentioned in the canoe trip (which comprises almost the entire movie), but instead during the sex scene between Ed and his wife just before he goes on the canoe trip. The deliverance he experiences is an orgasm while having sex with his wife and thinking about the adolescent girl and "her golden eye" he had just taken pictures of for his magazine. It's a great image of this middle class, middling American fantasizing of something, someone, anyone that can supply the meaning (the "gold") of life. Well, he goes searching/digging for gold so to speak in the primitive reaches of the state and his psyche. Those with a psychological bent will be inclined to see the whole episode as a Jungian journey into the unconscious with the various facets of Ed's personality being integrated (Lewis), expelled (Bobby), or killed (Drew). Psychology or not, it's a gripping and well-written tale.
It's so difficult to review Dickey's first novel without making reference to the 1972 John Boorman film. Like Hitchcock's Psycho, Deliverance is one of those films that even if you haven't seen it, your culture has seen it for you and you know what makes it infamous. I read this novel for the first time when I was a freshman in high school, having just seen the film. I admit, with a sense of nostalgic embarrassment, that I didn't really get the book. I hadn't read Hemingway yet, nor Mailer… not even Elliot's The Wasteland, and I didn't understand what Dickey was up to with his thick description of the deep woods, the power of the rushing river, the dream-like atmosphere of Ed's morning walk through the fog-shrouded wilderness.

But returning to the novel this month, at the age of 48 and a lifetime of literary wanderings in my back pocket, I returned to the book to see what I missed.

I missed a lot. Dickey's novel, while in terms of narrative action, is point-for-point with the film. But in terms of deep themes and imagery, the two are the length of a Georgia river apart. On the surface, the novel is the chronicle of a weekend adventure by four Atlanta men into the wild to canoe down the fictional Cahulawasee River before the area is dammed and flooded. The men, lead by wanna-be survivalist Lewis, slog their way through rough terrain and even rougher waters before running afoul of two predatory locals with… well, let's just say monstrous personalities. Soon, the weekend -warriors find themselves in far over their city-bred heads in a struggle for their own survival, and bad choice after bad choice leads them deeper into the heart of darkness.

I believe that Dickey's novel can best be understood as deep Freudian allegory, with a healthy dose of Northrop Frye thrown in for good measure. The woods take on mythic proportions, and each man is faced with his own, personal Freudian nightmare of impotence, Oedipal terror, and homoerotic panic. The novel deftly straddles the line between adulation of the male psyche and parody of masculine coming of age narratives. A novel of ironic wit and existential fear, Deliverance is a 20th century masterpiece.
When the movie Deliverance was first out at the theaters, I went to see it. Back then, it was a fantastic, state of the art movie. I had yet to read the book. After Burt passed away it was suggested to me to read the book and watch the movie again. The book goes into great detail, much more than the movie and it is a very good read. After watching the movie again, it wasn't quite as good as it was back in the 70's but still enjoyable nonetheless.
I had seen the movie a long time ago and decided with the death of Burt Reynolds to read the book. Long descriptions of the river, pages of how he was inside the mind of his stalker. I skimmed a lot but it was a good read. Three stars because I had to skim a lot.
I lived every word the author wrote. I could see vividly through his eyes which became mine. I feel I've been on a great, yet disturbing adventure and have matured beyond a lifetime for having survived it .
This is an excellent read especially if you saw the movie. The book fills in the details about the characters which the movie could not possibly accomplish based on time constraints. I had never read any of James Dickeys material before but the man can truly spin a tale of a person's will to survive.

While most people would probably not consider reading this book because of certain images that came out of the movie, if you can get past the the squealing pig or banjo playing hillbillies jokes, this book truly (excuse the pun) delivers.
Deliverance download epub
Author: James Dickey
ISBN: 0330026542
Category: Literature & Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Dell.; New Impression edition (1972)
Pages: 240 pages