Deliverance by James Dickey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Since I don't remember much of the movie besides some guy getting porked in the rear, I was surprised at just how rich the novel is, which makes sense, since it was written by a poet. The prose is powerful, rather than purplely, and the descriptions of everything from a bow and arrow to the rapids are enthralling. It's a really well-written book. That said, some of the descriptions can be a bit much and they sometimes get in the way of the actual narrative. Also, I don't empathize with the protagonist as much as I feel I should, since he seems to be too calm in situations that I feel would warrant a lot more fear.
Other than that, though, this is a brilliant, beautiful, and visceral novel that really strikes the imagination right in the solar plexus. I highly recommend it.
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