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Deliverance by James Dickey
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Kelly Vardiman, January 15, 2010

I chose Deliverance as the best book I read in the past decade because it made me feel the way I do every time I read the greatest book of all time, The Great Gatsby, and that is euphoric. And it gave me euphoria through beautiful, precise language that took me inside the heart of the narrator so that I felt and experienced vicariously the experiences he described using all the right details in all the right amounts. I felt like I was there, and it was an interesting, poignant, wonderful, horrible, sublime place to go. At the end, I, too, felt temporarily delivered from the mundane, as if it was I who had gone away for the weekend, been given the chance to survive or die, and ... rose to the challenge or tragically failed. But you'll have to read the book to find out which way it ends. You'll emerge breathless and soul-fed.
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