I have to admit that the film version of James Dickey's novel, Deliverance (1970), loomed large as I read the book. I think there is a lot to admire about Dickey's novel, especially the sections where the action takes place. I was curious to see how Dickey would describe the central scenes that are engraved into my memory from the film. But ultimately, it pales in comparison to that large shadow that was looming as I read the novel. I wanted "Dueling Banjos," Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty, and "Squeal like a pig!" It was entertaining, but now I want to see the film again.