Deliverance (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Nov 19, 2008 - Fiction - 288 pages
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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.


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User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

I want to do this book justice with my review but I am not sure that I can. First, I should say that I feel my experience was enhanced by the fact that I listened to this story, read by Will Patton ... Read full review

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User Review  - Becky - Goodreads

Ok here is really my issue with this book. I just want to get the ranting out of the way, because I keep trying to write a review around it and then I get distracted by my own eye-rolling. But here is ... Read full review

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Page 8 - Lewis wanted to be immortal. He had everything that life could give, and he couldn't make it work. And he couldn't bear to give it up or see age take it away from him, either, because in the meantime he might be able to find what it was he wanted, the thing that must be there, and that must be subject to the will. He was the kind of man who tries by any means— weight lifting, diet, exercise. . . — to hold on to his body. . .to rise above time (12).
Page 27 - The girl from the studio threw back her hair and clasped her breast, and in the center of Martha's heaving and expertly working back, the gold eye shone not with the practicality of sex, so necessary to its survival, but the promise of it that promised other things, another life, deliverance.
Page 17 - I began to climb the last hill," he says significantly (a little too significantly; Dickey is usually a good deal more deft in his handling of symbols). Inside his office, Gentry is again overcome by "the old mortal, helpless, time-terrified human feeling": "The feeling of the inconsequence of whatever I would do, of anything I would pick up or think about or turn to see was at that moment being set in the very bone marrow.
Page 2 - It unrolled slowly, forced to show its colors, curling and snapping back whenever one of us turned loose. The whole land was very tense until we put our four steins on its corners and laid the river out to run for us through the mountains 150 miles north. Lewis...
Page 2 - Lewis' hand took a pencil and marked out a small strong X in a place where some of the green bled away and the paper changed with high ground, and began to work downstream, northeast to southwest through the printed woods. I watched the hand rather than the location, for it seemed to have power over the terrain, and when it stopped for Lewis...

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About the author (2008)

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 South Carolina.


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