Summer of Deliverance: A Memoir of Father and Son

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 12, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
Summer of Deliverance is a powerful and moving memoir of anger, love, and reconciliation between a son and his father. Hailed as a literary genius of his generation, James Dickey created his art and lived his life with a ferocious passion. He was a heavy drinker, a destructive husband and father, a poet of grace and sensitivity, and, after the publication and subsequent film of his novel, Deliverance, a wildly popular literary star. Drawing on letters, notebooks, diaries, and his explicit conversations with his father, Christopher Dickey has crafted a superb memoir of the corrosive effects of fame, a moving remembrance of a crisis that united a family, and an inspiring celebration of love between father and son.
 

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I was introduced to the poetry of James Dickey in a graduate school American Lit seminar in 1969-70. I was not then and still am not a poetry buff. My genre of choice was always fiction. But Dickey's ... Read full review

SUMMER OF DELIVERANCE: A Memoir of Father and Son

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This moving memoir by the famous poet's son pulls no punches: James Dickey was a hard-drinking, prevaricating braggart whose bad behavior destroyed his family. Even so, to Christopher Dickey he was ... Read full review

Contents

Overtures
13
FATHERS
19
CONTENTS
47
The TwoCar Garage
65
Bring Home the Coke
79
Loners
86
Moonshine
97
RIVALS
103
ENEMIES
187
FATHER AND SON
233
Bibliography
275
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Page 24 - Except when he enters my son, The same age as he at his death, I cannot bring my brother to myself. I do not have his memory in my life, Yet he is in my mind and on my hands. I weave -the trivial string upon a light Dead before I was born.
Page 30 - When he recovered his breath, he said : "I always find the bottom of the well, and they say Truth lies there. In another minute I should have found it, and you. would have found an empty shell. It is an easy way of getting rid of the body.

About the author (2010)

Christopher Dickey, Newsweek's award-winning Paris bureau chief and Middle East editor, reports regularly from Baghdad, Cairo, and Jerusalem, and writes the weekly "Shadowland" column -- an inside look at the world of spies and soldiers, guerrillas and suicide bombers -- for Newsweek Online. He is the author of Summer of Deliverance, Expats, With the Contras, and the novel Innocent Blood. He lives in Paris.

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