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{Read Pdf} ⚾ Jaws ⚡ 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 Find all of my reviews at StarsThat fish is a beauty It s the kind of thing that makes you believe in a god It shows you what nature can do when she sets her mind to itI m getting ready to write a sharky review Alright Now that THAT is done, let s get to the sad state of affairs which is my reaction to the novel Jaws I m not going to spend a lot of time on this review mainly because I m bummed out I was sure I would love this b Find all of my reviews at StarsThat fish is a beauty It s the kind of thing that makes you believe in a god It shows you what nature can do when she sets her mind to itI m getting ready to write a sharky review Alright Now that THAT is done, let s get to the sad state of affairs which is my reaction to the novel Jaws I m not going to spend a lot of time on this review mainly because I m bummed out I was sure I would love this book and held out until the most magical of all weeks in order to read it and give it the praise I m sure it would deserve Ummmm, yeah Well, that didn t work out, but after finding some inspiration from my buddies Hooper and Quint I did manage to finish this one and only cried for a little while.At the end of the day Jaws is a fish story Plain and simple That s all anyone really cares about and, really, that s all it should have been about Things started off with a real bang with descriptions of the shark itself and its thought process while perusing the ocean for a late night snack It was delicious Sadly, the magic didn t last long and the waters were almost instantaneously muddied hyuck hyuck Affairs, mafia side plots, yada yada yada We care about the shark eating people, plain and simple No one gives a shit about horrible Ellen Brody But now that I ve brought up that bitch character, let me elaborate I didn t like movie version Ellen Brody, but I absolutely DESPISED book version I didn t want to hear about how much she hated the life she chose for herself by settling with Brody and I REALLY didn t enjoy hearing about her rape fantasies while she was attempting horribly, I might add to seduce Hooper And Hooper WTF HOOPER You made Mitchell want to get stabby stabby, and y all know we can t risk another investigation involving Mitchell shenanigansJaws was a 2 Star read, but it s getting a Star bump for the ending which is probably the one thing most other people didn t like At the end of the day I have nothing left to say except for thank you Thank you, Steven Spielberg for really taking the ol shoe shine kit to this turd of a book and creating something magical Thank you for giving us one of the most quotable quotes of all timeThank you for giving Quint s story evendepth view spoiler with the U.S.S Indianapolis tie in rather than just his own personal charter being victim of an attack hide spoiler Thank you for giving us a classic that scared the crap out of me as a child and that I finally got to scare the crap out of my own children with this past year You, sir, are a god amongst menMy friend Lynn says White Shark is what Jaws could have been, so this won t be the last Benchley novel for me Until the time when I get around to reading that one, though, I ll simply say Duuun dun duuun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun BOM BOM dun dun dun dun dun dun doo dedoo doo dedoo dede doo dede doo dededoo Has there ever been theme music used in a filmeffectively than for the 1975 blockbuster movie Jaws A movie so powerful that there are legions of people that have refused to go into the water EVER AGAIN after seeing that movie I m not a water person Growing up in the landlocked Midwest I prefer to be able to see the bottom of whatever body of water I happen to b Duuun dun duuun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun BOM BOM dun dun dun dun dun dun doo dedoo doo dedoo dede doo dede doo dededoo Has there ever been theme music used in a filmeffectively than for the 1975 blockbuster movie Jaws A movie so powerful that there are legions of people that have refused to go into the water EVER AGAIN after seeing that movie I m not a water person Growing up in the landlocked Midwest I prefer to be able to see the bottom of whatever body of water I happen to be in whether it be the lakebed, seabed, ocean floor, or bathtub floor Let s just say the chances of me ever being eaten by a shark is almost statistically impossible I like it that way The town of Amity is a summer town, most of the residents have to make enough money off the tourist trade in those few short months of fun in the sun to survive the winters In particular the 4th of July weekend is critical, a time when the town goes from 1000 people to 10,000 people practically overnight But unfortunately something deadly, something very hungry iswell Matt Verges s version of the Jaws Poster artAt first, the woman thought she had snagged her leg on a rock or a piece of floating wood There was no initial pain, only one violent tug on her right leg She reached down to touch her foot, treading water with her left leg to keep her head up, feeling in the blackness with her left hand She could not find her foot She reached higher on her leg, and then she was overcome by a rush of nausea and dizziness Her groping fingers had found a nub of bone and tattered flesh She knew that the warm, pulsing flow over her fingers in the chill water was her own blood.Pain and panic struck together The woman threw her head back and screamed a guttural cry of terror Peter Benchley goes on to describe in graphic detail what the fish does on the next pass It actually made my blood run cold and has forever confirmed me in the validity of my own personal water rules I was surprised to discover that Peter Benchley has a literary heritage He is the grandson of Algonquin Round Table founder Robert Benchley They were a group of New York City writers that I ve already marked down for further research l r Art Samuels, Charles MacArthur, Harpo Marx, Dorothy Parker and Alexander WoollcottHe developed the idea of a man eating shark terrorizing a community after reading of a fisherman catching a 4,550 pound great white shark off the coast of Long Island in 1964 He also drew some material from the tragic Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916The book stayed on the bestseller list for 44 weeks and inspired the highest grossing film of all time up to that point Peter Benchley and OMG it..itshim.Politics are at issue and the struggle between Sheriff Martin Brody and the town counsel becomes a tricky balance between commerce and public safety If the beaches close the town dies If the beaches are open and someone else dieswellthat is a chance they feel they have to take In the book Benchley has several subplots that further explain the special interests that are controlling the decisions made by the town counsel These subplots were not needed in the movie version Brody s wife Ellen also has a bigger role in the book She is dissatisfied with her life She married beneath her social set when she decided to tie herself to a police officer She is from the country club, tennis, sailing, and spending money on frivolous bobbles class, but she missesthan the money and the clubs She misses her people When Matt Hooper comes to town, tall, handsome, dressed in an Izod shirt, and fashionable bell bottoms they went a slightly different direction in the movie she instantly feels comfortable with himThe past like a bird long locked in a cage and suddenly released was flying at her, swirling around her head, showering her with longing It turns out Ellen even dated Matt s much older brother David and the memories of that time of her life flood her with thoughts she s never had before Her infatuation with Matt creates tension between her husband and the ichthyologist Brody suspects the worst, and with the shark in the water and the piranhas on the town counsel he doesn t need another distraction Czech Jaws PosterIn desperation they finally turn to a local fisherman and shark hunter Quint His rates are exorbitant and in the beginning he is doing it for the money, but as the fish continues to exhibit higher intelligence and even out foxes him a couple of times he becomes obsessive Killing the Great White becomes his quest Herman Melville please take a bow, Captain Ahab has just been reincarnated in a pop culture horror book The shark comes within a hair s breadth of winning It was interesting reading the book and seeing the movie in such a close time frame Benchley wrote the screenplay, and frankly did an excellent job cutting and slicing his book into a great movie Many believe that the film is better than the book With the great music by John Williams and the solid acting from Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider, and Robert Shaw I will have to agree It was a book that turned out to be the perfect concept for the making of an iconic film I was also pleasantly surprised by how well the movie holds up We still jumped when we were supposed to, and turned away when the suspense became too much Ever since I took a book and film class in college I have loved, when possible, to read the book and then watch the movie I feel it completes the cycle of an idea Usually the book wins, but in this case Steven Spielberg took a wonderful idea and made it better As I mentioned the book has subplots not covered in the movie and knowing those subplots, I believe, actually enhanced my enjoyment of the film This is the third in what I hope will be a string of reviews exploring 1970s horror fiction The Shining was published in 1980 but was written and influenced by the 70s The very books my parents would not let me read, but now are helpless to stop me Insert Evil Laugh The Exorcist Review The Shining ReviewIf you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at Excellent book.First of all Peter Benchley s 1974 novel Jaws is darker andcomplicated than Spielberg s film And it was a magnificent motion picture, a work of art with few peers and a production that garnered Spielberg his first high accolades Benchley s novel, as are most books, almost by artistic default, iscomplex, with characterizations that are developed and interconnected, with a group dynamic that is as interesting as the surface story about a man eating shark that eats a to Excellent book.First of all Peter Benchley s 1974 novel Jaws is darker andcomplicated than Spielberg s film And it was a magnificent motion picture, a work of art with few peers and a production that garnered Spielberg his first high accolades Benchley s novel, as are most books, almost by artistic default, iscomplex, with characterizations that are developed and interconnected, with a group dynamic that is as interesting as the surface story about a man eating shark that eats a town.That was my first, pleasant surprise in reading the novel I don t know what exactly I expected, maybe a slightlyexpounded storyline, a novelization of the surface film What I found was a rich, layered, elaborately detailed modern morality play More than that even, Benchley has created an allegory whereby the surface story of a shark attacking a village is represented as a conflict between Eastern elite monied people and the blue collar folks who work for a living in Amity the great white is as DNA programmed to attack and feed as the Izod wearing preppies who populated the town in the summer are to an entitled existence at the top of our socio economic food chain.More than a class struggle, a distinction between summer and winter people in an Atlantic ocean hamlet, Benchley makes subtle statements about the sharks among us, about those in our culture who reach out and take what they want, consequences and laws be damned, and those of the vast majority who follow rules and who have established expectations about what life has for them.There is always a bigger fish.Just as Robert Shaw s portrayal of Quint stole the show in Spielberg s classic, so too does Quint in Benchley s masterpiece The most obvious, but superficial comparison will be to Melville s Ahab both the larger than life, iron wielder of a harpoon, both seeking a white monster from the depths But contextually, Benchley has cast Quintclosely with Conrad s Kurtz, London s Wolf Larson and Hemingway s white hunter all rolled into a metaphor for Benchley s alpha male Quint is the Nietzchean superman, the zenith predator of our society, pitted against the premier hunter from nature Benchley s description of Quint is too similar to Conrad s Kurtz to be coincidence and so Brody becomes Benchley s Marlow, our link to the primitive narrative, the chronicler of what has passed, and the bridge back to our world from the brief glimpse into atavistic shadows.In the end, this is an excellent book, a fascinating story that works on many different levels Like Bernard Malamud s The Natural is to the film of the same name and Philip K Dick s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is to Bladerunner, Benchley s work is deeper and richer than Spielberg s film, and a fan of the film will want to read this to discover it s intricate and fundamental differences 2018 it is a testament to great literature that a reader recalls the work years later and this is a book about which I frequently think There is a scene of infidelity that has stayed with me Benchley is an extraordinary writer to create a work that resonates for years later Well, I finally decided to read the book after watching the movie a million times growing up And it s a summery read I quite enjoyed it I wasn t sure it was going to be good, but I was wrong and I just might read the other books Here s the thing, just don t go in the water when you know people have been killed by a shark What the hell is wrong with people I wish I could have watched the movie again so I could see how much was different in the book Some of it I don t think even happened Well, I finally decided to read the book after watching the movie a million times growing up And it s a summery read I quite enjoyed it I wasn t sure it was going to be good, but I was wrong and I just might read the other books Here s the thing, just don t go in the water when you know people have been killed by a shark What the hell is wrong with people I wish I could have watched the movie again so I could see how much was different in the book Some of it I don t think even happened in the movie but I m not sure as I have lumped all the movies together in my head Lol The corrupt people are in the book not wanting to shut down the beach The town would never survive the winter if they don t make lots of money in the summer Who cares if some people get eaten Lets just cover it up Isn t that the way Then we get the ole boys out to try to kill a fish That didn t go over too good and it was sad for the most part But I still loved it If you want a really quick summer read, or a trip down memory lane, or a killer shark book, then here you go Fin See what I did there D