"Relentless terror." The Philadelphia Inquirer. The classic, blockbuster thriller of man-eating terror that inspired the Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again -- or for the first time! From the... read more
His novel about a rogue shark that terrorizes a beach community hasn't aged a day since its publication more than 35 years ago. Benchley’s writing is lean and efficient—this is his first novel, and also by far his best—and the story is a solid mixture of small-town politics, mystery, and... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
His novel about a rogue shark that terrorizes a beach community hasn't aged a day since its publication more than 35 years ago. Benchley’s writing is lean and efficient—this is his first novel, and also by far his best—and the story is a solid mixture of small-town politics, mystery, and outright terror. The author positions his protagonist, police chief Martin Brody, as virtually the lone voice of reason in a town filled with people who want to downplay the shark’s presence (so as not to scare away tourists with their bulging wallets); and when the body count starts to rise, it’s Brody who has to find a way to kill the beast, even if it means putting his own life on the line. The familiar characters—Brody, oceanographer Matt Hooper, shark-hunter Quint—are not as likable as they are in Steven Spielberg’s classic film adaptation, but in the context of the novel, they are well drawn and compelling. Those who are familiar with the movie, but not the book, are in for some surprises, and those who read the book way back when should definitely give it another look.
“I should have brought weights,' said Hooper. Quint said, 'you should have brought brains.”
“As Quint spoke, Brody looked into his eyes. They seemed as dark and bottomless as the eye of the fish. 'I'll come,' said Brody. 'I don't guess I have any choice. ''No,' said Quint. 'We have no choice.”
“He was alone in blue silence speckled with shafts of sunlight that danced through the water.”
Followed by Jaws 2.
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