Summer of Deliverance: A Memoir of Father and Son

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 12, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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Summer of Deliverance is a powerful and moving memoir of anger, love, and reconciliation between a son and his father. Hailed as a literary genius of his generation, James Dickey created his art and lived his life with a ferocious passion. He was a heavy drinker, a destructive husband and father, a poet of grace and sensitivity, and, after the publication and subsequent film of his novel, Deliverance, a wildly popular literary star. Drawing on letters, notebooks, diaries, and his explicit conversations with his father, Christopher Dickey has crafted a superb memoir of the corrosive effects of fame, a moving remembrance of a crisis that united a family, and an inspiring celebration of love between father and son.
 

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A gifted poet, novelist, and savant, James Dickey (1923-97) revealed the conflicts, tensions, and wonderful beauty of the South he so loved. While he received numerous prestigious literary awards and ... Read full review

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One important correction: Vali did not live in a "cave" above Positano but in a beautiful tiny domed white house left over from the Moors which Rudi Rappold her then husband had beautifully restored. Designs are painted on it. This house still stands there in the valley called Il Porto and is occupied to this day by Vali's lover and companion of 30 odd years (Vali herself died in '03? in Australia) Gianni Menichetti, and whose continued ability to live in this place Il Porto which was designated a protected place by the Italian World Wildlife is now threatened by the powers that be in Positano who want to "develop". 

Contents

Overtures
13
FATHERS
19
12
47
The TwoCar Garage
65
Bring Home the Coke
79
Loners
86
Moonshine
97
RIVALS
103
Apollo
152
At the River
162
The Cutting Room
171
Resting Place
177
ENEMIES
187
FATHER AND SON
233
Bibliography
275
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About the author (2010)

Christopher Dickey, Newsweek's award-winning Paris bureau chief and Middle East editor, reports regularly from Baghdad, Cairo, and Jerusalem, and writes the weekly "Shadowland" column -- an inside look at the world of spies and soldiers, guerrillas and suicide bombers -- for Newsweek Online. He is the author of Summer of Deliverance, Expats, With the Contras, and the novel Innocent Blood. He lives in Paris.

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