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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (May 31 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400064562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400064564
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 27 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My older brother took me to the movie "Jaws" in 1975 when I was ten years old. My fingers had to be pried off the arm rests at the end of it - I was scared, engrossed and could not even think about eating candy during it. I have probably seen the movie twenty times since and can quote the dialogue. So I was a little nervous picking up the book thirty-five years later for fear of it impacting the movie.

But there are significant differences between the movie and the novel that make reading it fun. The main characters are entirely different than the movie and there is more detail in the plot that the movie could not honor so you will not envision Scheider, Shaw and Dreyfuss as you read it. The novel is a bit cheesy now and some of the character interplay unnecessary but worth reading.

I would recommend Close to Shore: A True Story of Terror in an Age of Innocence, a non-fiction book by journalist Michael Capuzzo, about the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916 that influenced Benchley's novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By beeblefox on March 17 2011
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This book is great. I was expecting a couple of differences here and there from the movie. But this is a completly different story all together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Walsh on Aug. 3 2010
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Great book, but for me, i love the movie so much that even the book doesn't compare. Still, a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jane on Sept. 17 2009
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This is a great read...the main character "Brody" is very likable...the attacks were described really well...even everything that happened outside of the shark attacks were great...I don't want to give anything away but all I can say is that I read this book in 2 days...it was hard to put down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WaveMan on June 28 2004
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"Jaws" is one of my favorite movies, and like many people, I like to read the book associated with a movie. Many times I find that the changes made during transitioning from a book to the movie version are unwise, unncessary or just plain stupid (one of the best examples of this that I can think of is "The Talented Mr. Ripley"). "Jaws," on the other hand, is the perfect counter-example. Most of the changes that were made in the movie vs. the book were an improvment, and in many cases, a big improvement. However, I will credit Benchley for this - had their been no book, there would have been no movie. (Also note that, in later years, Benchley distanced himself from the position this book takes on sharks, and he now views them from a more reasoned, conservationist perspective).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Sammis on June 11 2004
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By far the most interesting piece of this book is shark. The shark attacks and the investigations afterwards are the glue that hold this otherwise pulpy chick-lit-esque book together. Unfortunately the book strays from the shark for the middle of the book and there are some excrusiatingly boring chapters about dinner parties, thoughts about love affairs, etc. There's one chapter in particular where Mrs. Brody stops at every single restroom she can (about one per every five pages) to a) change her underwear, b) powder herself and c) put powder in her shoes. YAWN. The chapter is so bad that it's almost funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6 2004
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I read the book as a teenager before seeing the movie. They're very hard to compare. In the book, I liked the scientific input, as well as Hooper's discussion about the possibility of mega-sharks millions of years old surviving still in the deepest, most unfathomable parts of the ocean. I was enthralled all the way through.
What I didn't like: The characters in the book all seemed kind of sad (even before the shark came along!). None were particularly heroic, except maybe Hooper when he got in the underwater cage. Quint was just plain bizarre rather than crusty and eccentric as in the movie. Brody was a bit of a loser. Ellen was simply pathetic - Remember that dinner party she decides to give to re-live her days as one of the elite of the island? That was painful to read; it was just plain sad.
Ellen and Hooper's short-lived fling was stilted and, even as an inexperienced teenager, a lot of it struck me false. I actually wondered if Benchley himself had had much experience with women to draw on for this part of the book.
Anyhow, I'd recommend the book because there are some interesting facts about sharks and it gets into the heads (for their last few moments of life) of the people being attacked in a way that makes your blood go cold. The shark's demise was anti-climactic, though probably more realistic than the movie's dramatic explosion.
(And to the person below who referred to Hooper as a 'weasly jew college boy?' Nice. Real nice. Just what everyone needs.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Don on Feb. 16 2004
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The two are equally fantastic. The difference is that the events of the novel transpire in a more realistic fashion. It also lets you into the mind of Chief Brody. Something that a movie cannot due. There's a couple of interesting twists involving the mayor and Matt Hooper, but I'll let you read the book.
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