Deliverance, James Dickey’s powerful novel of courage and fortitude in the face of sexual decadence and violence, is set in the last remnants of the Appalachian wilderness where four friends decide to go canoeing in an attempt to prove that men can still master Nature single-handedly and conquer any threats she might pose. Induced to join the group by his envy of Lewis Medlock, the survivalist organizer of the trip, Ed Gentry, is joined by Drew Ballinger, a conscientious family man, and by Bobby Trippe, a soft denizen of sales meetings and country clubs; unfortunately, none of the three are prepared for the challenges they will face in the primitive surroundings they are going to traverse. Lured by the beauty of a natural …

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Meyer, Michael J.. "Deliverance". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 November 2008
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