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Title:
Jaws
Author:
Benchley, Peter.
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Edition:
Ist Ballantine Books edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Ballantine Books, 1991.

©1974
Physical Description:
278 pages ; 18 cm
General Note:
"A Fawcett Crest book."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780449219638
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

When three people are killed by a great white shark in three different incidents, the police chief of a Long Island resort town is forced to take action.


Author Notes

Peter Benchley was born on May 8, 1940, in New York into one of America's most celebrated literary families. His grandfather was the humorist Robert Benchley and his father the novelist Nathaniel Benchley. A 1961 Harvard graduate, Peter Benchley started out as a reporter for the Washington Post before going on to work as an associate editor for Newsweek. From 1967 to 1969 he was a speechwriter for President Lyndon Johnson.

Benchley's interest in the sea, stemming from childhood summers spent on the coast of Nantucket, led to his meticulously researching the subject of sharks and writing such bestselling and critically acclaimed novels as The Deep, Whiteshark, and Jaws. Jaws was later adapted into a blockbuster movie (1975). Two of his other books were turned into the made-for-TV movies, The Beast and The Creature. He has also written numerous reviews and articles for magazines and newspapers, and has appeared in more than a dozen television documentaries about marine life and oceans.

Benchley died from pulmonary fibrosis on February 12, 2006 at the age of 65.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This 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.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Benchley's novel, while better known as the source material for Steven Spielberg's classic movie, has earned its own stripes as a small gem of suspense fiction. With another summer fast approaching, audio listeners may be interested in revisiting the town of Amity, Long Island, and getting back in the water. Erik Steele, a theater and film actor, chomps into Benchley's raw prose with appetite, enjoying every bite of gore and social observation. Making ample use of well-placed pauses and silences, Steele amplifies not only the suspense, but Benchley's surprisingly well-honed characterizations. The experience, of course, is markedly different from Spielberg's film, offering shocks less visceral and more contemplative. A Random House hardcover. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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