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Pan Macmillan, Jul 5, 2012 - Fiction - 336 pages
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It was just another day in the life of a small Atlantic resort until the terror from the deep came to prey on unwary holiday makers. The first sign of trouble - a warning of what was to come - took the form of a young woman's body, or what was left of it, washed up on the long, white stretch of beach . . .

A summer of terror has begun.

Peter Benchley's Jaws first appeared in 1974. It has sold over twenty million copies around the world, creating a legend that refuses to die - it's never safe to go back in the water . . .

'Pick up Jaws before midnight, read the first five pages, and I guarantee you'll be putting it down breathless and stunned, as dawn is breaking the next day' Daily Express

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From my WeRead review at 2009-09-05 02:33:32 for Jaws. (Language: English)
Finally, 40 years after it was originally published I get to read the original version of the classic scary & chilling
The screenplay of the movie was written by Peter Benchley, based on this book, so there is most of the same story.
It opens with some quite frankly shocking & disturbing graphic shark attacks, then into the battle to close the beaches, as we would recognise from the movie. But, this book then has a massive chunk of it taken up by what really feels to be a tacked on adultery sub-plot, commonplace in 1970s trashy fiction. This really broke up the flow of the story, especially those of us that are used to it from the movie.
Then, it heads back into the story we recognise, with their hunt for the shark, with the stunning original ending of the story.
This does read as what we would now call the "Alternate Director's Cut". Its the same story, but with "new" extra & alternative versions of the scenes we know from the film.
This is a great story, but it lost a star for the unneeded sub-plot, that didn't really gel-in overall anyway. But, considering the historical period context this was written in, its a good example of the marital adultery sub-plot.
This is definitely for those that like a good scare, movie buffs, and for students of the Literature-Screenplay Adaptations genre.

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The classic best-selling book that inspired the movie is finally released digitally. If you've seen the film (who hasn't? :D), but haven't read the book, now is your chance. A gripping read that pulls you in and doesn't let go.

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About the author (2012)

Peter Benchley was born in New York City in 1940 and was the son of novelist Nathaniel Benchley and grandson of humorist Robert Benchley. He worked as a reporter for the Washington Post, as associate editor of Newsweek and as a speech-writer for the late President Johnson. His stories and articles appeared in numerous magazine including the New Yorker and National Geographic.

Jaws was his first novel, his previous two books being a story for children and a book based on his trip round the world. Peter Benchley died in 2006.

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