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Deliverance by James Dickey
*WINNER OF THE PRIX MEDICIS ETRANGER 1971* *NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST 1971* Currently scoring 3.87 on Goodreads. A group of middle-aged friends in search of the wilderness experience that has been missing from their big-city lives go canoeing one weekend. They pack all the usual survival gear - plus a banjo and a bow and arrow - and head off. Unskilled and naïve, they paddle downstream, enjoying the exercise and the gorgeous scenery. But something is in the air. There are small signs at first: their canoes hit sudden rapids, the river seems polluted with litter and bird feathers, and during the night their tent is punctured by the talons of a hunting owl. Then, the following day, after mooring their canoes by the woods, they are approached by two sinister men. One is carrying a shotgun and the other a knife.. In 1998, the editors of the Modern Library selected Deliverance as #42 on their list of the 100 best 20th-Century novels. The novel is also on Time magazine's list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923. In 1972 it was adapted into an award winning film, directed by John Boorman and starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox.

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