Friday, February 12, 2010

Deliverance by James Dickey


The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the states most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

One of Time Lifes 100 Novels. I was told by my family not to read it. Since we are a canoe tripping family and I actually went on a trip last year and hope to go again this week, they didn't want to freak me out. So was I freaked out? No I wasn't. I found the book a little slow going at the beginning, but it quickly picked up speed. I finished in a couple of days. I found it suspenceful enough, but slow in a few places. The ending was interesting, though I thought there might be a twist of some sorts, but there wasn't. Only a couple characters were well developed, the other 2 I didn't know much about, even the bad, it would have been nice to know a little about them, who they were and why they did what they did.

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