Deliverance is a 1972 novel by James Dickey, about four men who embark on a canoeing trip down a Georgia river and encounter unexpected dangers. The book was adapted into a successful film in 1972, directed by John Boorman and starring Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, and Ned Beatty.
The story follows the experiences of four city dwellers, Ed, Lewis, Bobby, and Drew, as they travel down a remote and treacherous river in Georgia. As they journey deeper into the wilderness, they are faced with a series of challenges that test their strength and endurance. Along the way, they encounter several dangerous and unsettling events, including a confrontation with a group of ruthless local mountain men.
The novel is known for its vivid and intense portrayal of nature and survival, as well as its themes of friendship, masculinity, and the human struggle against the forces of the natural world. It has been widely praised for its compelling narrative and vivid descriptions, and is considered a classic work of American literature.