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"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!
The Great Fish moved silently through the night water, propelled by short sweeps of it’s crescent tail.
What I thought of this book
Most of us have seen the movie, but I have never thought about it being a book till a few years ago and I seen a copy. I grabbed it but never read it until now. Even though it’s been a few years since I watched the movie I could bring parts to my mind as I read the book.
The book isn’t really all that different from the movie except for all the extra town drama and the drama between Brody and his wife. That really did take up most of the books. Maybe back in 1974 when this book was release it would have been considered scary, but it really isn’t and it’s not really gory either.
There is a lot of overtones in this movie and a bit of a draw on moby dick but with it being a big shark instead of whale. Brody wants to keep the town’s beach closed but the towns mayor and other selectman are putting pressure on him. Meanwhile, we get some incites into his home life and it’s not going very well. It seems his wife is a bit bored and in need of a bit of excitement that doesn’t include him. In the movie you get the feeling that all is not well in their marriage and it’s explored a bit more in the book.
Hooper is several years younger than Ellen and they knew each other a long time ago and she is trying to relive her glory days of summers when she was younger through him. You are suppose to really hate Hooper (in the movie played by Richard Dryfuss) and you really do, so in the end I didn’t really feel that sorry for him. Maybe you were suppose to but I didn’t.
The shark has it’s moments in the story, but all in all I didn’t really see it being a large roll in the book. He does prove to be a great villain toward the end when Quint, Hooper and Brody are trying to track him down. Quint who doesn’t think fish are smart has to reevaluate his thoughts on this one as it was very cunning and doing things most sharks don’t.
It might have been based on a shark in the water, but there was more sharks in the town itself than just in the water.
Though there were some slow spots in the books I really did enjoy it and it was fun reading the book that the movie was based on that scared so many people and kept them out of the ocean. (My aunt being one of those people and she still won’t go in the ocean to this day..lol.)
If you are into classic horror and a fan of the movie I would say give it a try.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Summer COYER