Saturday, November 11, 2006

Deliverance















Ok, that was just a joke – kind of. Of course the book (and the movie) do have their good points.

I read this book in 2003 I think, so it’s been awhile, and frankly I don’t remember much about it. I don’t remember liking it, but I don’t remember disliking it either. It was certainly well written. But whenever I think of Deliverance, I think of one scene…ok, sometimes two (the dueling banjos being the other). And I really can’t get past that. It’s my issue, not the book’s.

Once I dated someone who thought Deliverance was the best movie ever. He watched it all the time. That should have been a tip-off. Needless to say, that relationship ended badly (as a relationship should with someone who believes Deliverance is the best movie ever), and the thought of Dickey’s novel reminds me of that, and of my creepy feelings about that particular ex. It makes my skin crawl to think of it. That’s not Dickey’s fault though…it’s my own for having dated such a loser.

I can’t encourage you to run out and read Deliverance, but don’t let my indifference keep you away.