First paperback edition. The classic suspense novel of man versus man and man versus nature. Four Georgia business men embark on a backwoods canoeing trip that turns into a fight for their lives.
One of the rare instances of a great film being produced from great source material while remaining true to that source. With very few exceptions the John Boorman film follows the book exactly. The memorable line “Squeal like a pig” does not appear in the novel and surely wouldn’t have the same effect if it did. The film ends with the men returning home while the novel follows the survivors a bit more after returning to their normal lives. Beyond those instances, the book & film are probably as close as they could be.
This is one of the few books I can read every few years and enjoy it as much as I did the first time.
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