Deliverance: A Novel
National Book Award-winning author James Dickey's New York Times bestseller Deliverance is an unforgettable tale of violent action and profound inner discovery—the basis for the Academy Award-nominated film starring Burt Reynolds and John Voight
ONE OF MODERN LIBRARY’S 100 BEST NOVELS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY · ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S 100 BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE NOVELS
Four middle-class suburban men decide to embark on a three-day canoe trip down a particularly wild section of a river in Georgia. For Ed Gentry, Bobby Trippe, Drew Ballinger, and Lewis Medlock, the trip represents a break from their daily routines, a chance for adventure with few real risks, and the last occasion to see a beautiful valley before the river is dammed up. Lewis, an enthusiastic outdoorsman and champion archer, is obsessed by the desire to pit himself against nature.
When two of the friends are viciously attacked by mountain men, their mild adventure becomes a fight for their very lives. Men prey upon one another, the treacherous river becomes a graveyard for those without the strength or the luck to survive, and Ed, forced to lead his friends to safety, calls upon primal instincts buried within him to achieve deliverance.
“A mind-shattering nightmare in the wilderness, surging ahead on sheer power....There are few writers like James Dickey and few novels as successful, as terrifying, and as good as Deliverance.” —Washington Post
Praise for Deliverance: A Novel
“A novelist of power and skill. A marvel of description that will make your muscles ache. A brilliant and breathtaking adventure.” — The New Yorker
"A novel of stunning power.” — The Nation
“Stomach-churning thrills…A mind-shattering nightmare in the wilderness, surging ahead on sheer power…there are few writers like James Dickey and few novels as successful, as terrifying and as good as Deliverance.” — Washington Post
“A novel that will curl your toes…Dickey’s canoe rides to the limits of dramatic tension.” — New York Times Book Review
“You're hooked, you feel every cut, grope up every cliff, swallow water with every spill of the canoe, sweat with every draw of the bowstring. Wholly absorbing [and] dramatic.” — Harper's Magazine
“A tour de force.” — New Republic
“Freshly and intensely alive . . . with questions that haunt modern urban man.” — Southern Review
“[James Dickey's] language has descriptive power not often matched in contemporary American writing.” — Time