Jaws Hardcover – May 31 2005
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“A tightly written, tautly paced study of terror [that] makes us tingle.”—The Washington Post
“Powerful . . . [Benchley’s] story grabs you at once.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Relentless terror . . . You’d better steel yourself for this one. It isn’t a tale for the faint of heart.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Pure engrossment from the very opening . . . a fine story told with style, class, and a splendid feeling for suspense.”—Chicago Sun-Times
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About the Author
Peter Benchley began his career as a novelist in 1974 with the publication of Jaws, which was made into a hugely successful film. His other books include The Deep, The Island, The Girl of the Sea of Cortez, “Q” Clearance, Rummies, Beast, White Shark, and Shark Trouble. He was also a speechwriter for President Lyndon Johnson and a journalist for such magazines as Newsweek and National Geographic. Benchley died in 2006. For more information, please visit www.peterbenchley.com.
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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.
A third person almost gets it. Then a fisherman sent to get the shark dissappears. A shark guy (Hooper) is brought in. Turmns out he was friends with the Police Chief's wife so they hook-up.
Eventually the Police Chief gets a shark hunter and the three of them go out to get the shark and behave like the three stooges.
They go out again and one-by-one get chomped. Swearing along the way. The audio reader does a fine job.
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.)
The relationship between the chief's wife and Hooper was unexpected and very realistic. The graphic detail was (astoundingly) better described than the movie could ever help to show, as well as the victims' fears and feelings before death. Talk about type-casting in the movie with Matt Hooper played by none other than Richard Dreyfuss and Quint as Robert Shaw! This book is one readers of any age will love and remember, as well as pass along to their own children. Peter Benchley is a genius!
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I purchased this book a number of years ago, but it ended up collecting dust on my shelf. I finally got around to reading it and I was pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Captain Canuck
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.Published on March 17 2011 by beeblefox
Great book, but for me, i love the movie so much that even the book doesn't compare. Still, a good read.Published on Aug. 3 2010 by Walsh
This is a great read...the main character "Brody" is very likable...the attacks were described really well... Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2009 by Mary Jane
I saw jaws several times before i actually found myself buying the book, out of curiosity, to see the story in its original form. Read morePublished on March 15 2004 by Cyrus Clennon
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2004 by Don