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Hai lähenes naisele ning vuhises temast mööda tosina jala kauguselt ja kuue jala sügavuselt. Naine tundis ainult kerget laine survet, mis tõstis ta üles ja lasi siis jälle allapoole. Ta jättis ujumise ja hoidis hinge kinni. Edasi ei tundnud ta midagi ning jätkas järskude tõmmetega ujumist. Hai tundis nüüd tema lõhna ja vibreerimine - korrapäratu ja äge - andis tunnistust ku Hai lähenes naisele ning vuhises temast mööda tosina jala kauguselt ja kuue jala sügavuselt. Naine tundis ainult kerget laine survet, mis tõstis ta üles ja lasi siis jälle allapoole. Ta jättis ujumise ja hoidis hinge kinni. Edasi ei tundnud ta midagi ning jätkas järskude tõmmetega ujumist. Hai tundis nüüd tema lõhna ja vibreerimine - korrapäratu ja äge - andis tunnistust kurnatusest. Hai hakkas ringlema veepinna lähedal. Tema seljauim murdis vett, saba, mis peksles edasi-tagasi, lõikas sahinal peegelsiledat pinda. Värinad raputasid ta keha.


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Hai lähenes naisele ning vuhises temast mööda tosina jala kauguselt ja kuue jala sügavuselt. Naine tundis ainult kerget laine survet, mis tõstis ta üles ja lasi siis jälle allapoole. Ta jättis ujumise ja hoidis hinge kinni. Edasi ei tundnud ta midagi ning jätkas järskude tõmmetega ujumist. Hai tundis nüüd tema lõhna ja vibreerimine - korrapäratu ja äge - andis tunnistust ku Hai lähenes naisele ning vuhises temast mööda tosina jala kauguselt ja kuue jala sügavuselt. Naine tundis ainult kerget laine survet, mis tõstis ta üles ja lasi siis jälle allapoole. Ta jättis ujumise ja hoidis hinge kinni. Edasi ei tundnud ta midagi ning jätkas järskude tõmmetega ujumist. Hai tundis nüüd tema lõhna ja vibreerimine - korrapäratu ja äge - andis tunnistust kurnatusest. Hai hakkas ringlema veepinna lähedal. Tema seljauim murdis vett, saba, mis peksles edasi-tagasi, lõikas sahinal peegelsiledat pinda. Värinad raputasid ta keha.

30 review for Les Dents De La Mer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Keeten

    ”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 film more effectively 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 i ”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 film more effectively 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 is...well... Matt Verges's version of the Jaws Poster art. ”At 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 Woollcott ”He 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 1916.” The 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..its...him. 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 dies...well...that 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 misses more than 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 him. ”The 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 Poster In 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 Review If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit https://www.jeffreykeeten.com I also have a Facebook blogger page at: https://www.facebook.com/JeffreyKeeten

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    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

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lyn

    Excellent book. First of all Peter Benchley’s 1974 novel Jaws is darker and more complicated 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, is more complex, 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 and more complicated 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, is more complex, 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 slightly more expounded 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 Quint more closely 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    My spirit animal is the great white shark. I've loved them for as long as I can remember. To most people, puppies are the epitome of cuteness. To me, it's great white sharks. How can you look at this face and not go 'aww' Sharks are probably the most misunderstood species on Earth. They do not need or deserve our fear, they need our love. Great whites don't have easy lives. The youngsters are left to fend for themselves right after birth. They are left to discover everything on their own. No k My spirit animal is the great white shark. I've loved them for as long as I can remember. To most people, puppies are the epitome of cuteness. To me, it's great white sharks. How can you look at this face and not go 'aww' Sharks are probably the most misunderstood species on Earth. They do not need or deserve our fear, they need our love. Great whites don't have easy lives. The youngsters are left to fend for themselves right after birth. They are left to discover everything on their own. No kisses, no cuddles. No love from mama shark. It's sad really. It's no wonder they have anger-management problems. Here are a few interesting facts about great white sharks: -Male great white sharks reach sexual maturity at 26 years of age, females at 33. -They can live up to 70 years or more. -The great white shark is the only predator that has never been tamed or caged. I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved the movie (and still do). However, we can't ignore the fact that Jaws ruined everything for great white sharks. Society and the movie have given them a bad rap. I admit, I am part of the problem, not the solution. I love crappy shark movies/books. Who doesn't enjoy a monster story. Despite the unrealistic nature of the book, it is entertaining and full of suspense. But the movie was much better than the book. Oh that's right... I went there. I will leave you with this thought- sharks are friends, not food.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    Today is the first full day of my Beach vacation. Here is my view: Today I finished reading Jaws and this is all I see: So . . . Maybe not the best timing! Jaws is an easy and cheesy read. I have seen the movie before and figured it would mainly be suspense. But, there is a whole lot of melodrama and naughty romance, too. Also, it is very dated and you can just feel the 70s oozing out of the dialogue. In some cases, the things I mentioned in my previous paragraph might be considered bad. But, in thi Today is the first full day of my Beach vacation. Here is my view: Today I finished reading Jaws and this is all I see: So . . . Maybe not the best timing! Jaws is an easy and cheesy read. I have seen the movie before and figured it would mainly be suspense. But, there is a whole lot of melodrama and naughty romance, too. Also, it is very dated and you can just feel the 70s oozing out of the dialogue. In some cases, the things I mentioned in my previous paragraph might be considered bad. But, in this case I think they add to the charm, entertainment, and sometimes silliness of the book. Combined, it is just a fun and easy getaway. Like going to a Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum: your are appalled, you are terrorized, you are scandalized, and all you want is more! Read it for a fun getaway - if you want deep meaning, you will want to look elsewhere.

  6. 4 out of 5

    karen

    "Relentless terror." - The Philadelphia Inquirer i mean, obviously that’s ridiculous - this book isn’t even remotely scary, but it’s also not as bad as modern people claim. obviously, opinions/schmopinions, and i’m not defending this as a hallmark of great literature or anything, but it has its charms. most of those charms involve how it feels like a pre-outrage time capsule, with its “hysterical” women and its “faggots” staging a nude dance party and the recurring exploits of a “black gardener” "Relentless terror." - The Philadelphia Inquirer i mean, obviously that’s ridiculous - this book isn’t even remotely scary, but it’s also not as bad as modern people claim. obviously, opinions/schmopinions, and i’m not defending this as a hallmark of great literature or anything, but it has its charms. most of those charms involve how it feels like a pre-outrage time capsule, with its “hysterical” women and its “faggots” staging a nude dance party and the recurring exploits of a “black gardener” raping the neighborhood's white women who all refuse to press charges, leaving me unsure if benchley is insinuating that these are not rapes but consensual, shameful, interracial sex acts or that women are too afraid to press charges and i’m hard-pressed to decide which explanation is more racist. but bass weejuns and izod and neighbors borrowing cups of seconal, really - what’s not to love about this? and that shark There was no conviction that what thrashed above was food, but food was not a concept of significance. The fish was impelled to attack: if what it swallowed was digestible, that was food; if not, it would later be regurgitated. seriously, guys, there is a dead cat used as a weapon, even though it is ineffectual and probably meant more to emphasize a point than to cause harm: Brody hit Vaughan on the chest with the cat and let it fall to the floor. still, though. still. and there are real estate schemes and mafia subplots and romantic entanglements and so many things that didn't make it into the film, like the lamentations of a woman feeling the sting of not getting any younger, losing her shiny sexxy feminine allure, A terrible, painful sadness clutched at Ellen. More than ever before, she felt that her life - the best part of it, at least, the part that was fresh and fun - was behind her. Recognizing the sensation made her feel guilty, for she read it as proof that she was an unsatisfactory mother, an unsatisfied wife. She hated her life, and hated herself for hating it. MOAR SECONAL PLZ and HOW is there not more attention called to the best line in any book, anywhere, as quint yells at the great white himself: “I see your cock, you bastard!” cried Quint how are there no t-shirts made of this? how did this not make it into the film? how can a book containing that line receive fewer than five stars from any reviewer, anywhere?? jaws claps back, "i eat your cock!!' i am aware i did not myself give this book five stars. i'm not here to do math. i am just here to declare that this is a pretty fun book. i read it in a single day, during all of the previous year's shark week reruns counting down to SHARK WEEK 2018, and my very low expectations of entertainment were met and SURPASSED. there are some objectively terrible parts of the book, sure. people behave unrealistically, it's written in a blunt, choppy manner, and that ending is suuuuper abrupt, but it's a breezy sharkromp that is nowhere near as campy/offensive/absurd as Guy N Smith's offerings. although this: Four to midnight was the trouble shift, when the young studs from the Hamptons would flock to the Randy Bear and get involved in a fight or simply get so drunk that they became a menace on the roads; when, very rarely, a couple of predators from Queens would lurk in the dark side streets and mug passerby… suggesting that predators from queens lurk, "very rarely" or not, why - it makes me want to go mug some passerby... come to my blog!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Before I burn my copy of Jaws for kindling, to prepare a lovely batch of s'mores for my children on this last week of summer before school begins, I will pause briefly here to give you my review. Jaws the book inspired Jaws the movie, which inspired my wicked, decades-long crush on Roy Scheider (I was convinced we'd be married someday). The movie also terrorized millions of viewers and inspired fear of the ocean and the unnecessary killings of no-one-will-ever-know-exactly-how-many sharks. The aut Before I burn my copy of Jaws for kindling, to prepare a lovely batch of s'mores for my children on this last week of summer before school begins, I will pause briefly here to give you my review. Jaws the book inspired Jaws the movie, which inspired my wicked, decades-long crush on Roy Scheider (I was convinced we'd be married someday). The movie also terrorized millions of viewers and inspired fear of the ocean and the unnecessary killings of no-one-will-ever-know-exactly-how-many sharks. The author himself, in an updated Introduction from 2005 (a year before his death) explains that “I could never write Jaws today. I could never demonize an animal, especially not an animal that is much older and much more successful in its habitat than man is.” Apparently, he was so disheartened by the unfortunate outcome of his novel (the unnecessary killings part), he devoted the later part of his life to marine conservation, writing, “I'd feel like an ingrate if I didn't give something back.” So, he redeemed himself. Felt guilty, rather than cocky (a feeling he must have been somewhat familiar with, given all of his slips, when he mentions his Harvard education and his extensive yachting in prior interviews), and he sought to remedy his inaccurate portrayal of the Great white shark. But, personally, I don't fault him for using his imagination to write a fantastical, fictional story. That's what writers do. That's their job. I fault him for how damn lousy his story is. Let's start here: if you made two sock puppets, and put them on your hands and then had your two hands communicate with each other, using the same weird voice for each puppet, then you would have accurately summed up the dialogue in this story. I honestly haven't come across dialogue this brutal, this unbelievable, since Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived, and I still suffer PTSD from that “novel.” Also, the characters ARE sock puppets. Stinky sock puppets with button eyes and sweat stains that can not express themselves or feel or grow. Frankly, they are not much more than a pile of lint. And, when one character, Ellen Brody, finally breaks away from the pack of sock puppets and seems as though she might become three dimensional, she ends up in a scene where she whispers to a man that she is trying to seduce that her two sexual fantasies are (get ready, ladies). . . one, to be a prostitute, so she can have multiple partners and two, to be raped by a stranger, because she's pretty sure she'd have an orgasm, if her life was threatened and she was taken against her will. Mr. Benchley, I know you are dead, and I hope you're resting in peace, but I CRY FOUL, SIR. I CRY FOUL. Ain't no woman, no where, no how, (unless she's been abused or had some type of psychological troubles) has THESE FANTASIES, SIR. I do believe these are YOUR FANTASIES, not hers, especially since you started chapter 2 with a patrolman reading a detective novel where the heroine is “about to be raped by a motorcycle club,” and he is practically licking his lips. What was wrong with you, Mr. Benchley?? Also, enough with the obsession with a man's height, a man's weight, and the size of his genitalia. Gag me with a harpoon already. I found myself just about shouting: WHERE'S THE DAMN SHARK?? WHERE'S THE DAMN SHARK?? Could somebody CUE THE SHARK?? Three stars for the shark.

  8. 5 out of 5

    RedemptionDenied

    3.5 stars - rounded down. "You're gonna need a bigger boat..." That line was improvised by Roy Scheider on the day of shooting. Loved the movie, which is based on Peter Benchley's 1974 novel of the same name. At first, I didn't favour either the movie or the book (which is different to the film), but the further I got into the novel, the less I enjoyed it. So, for me, at least, the movie was definitely superior. I enjoyed reading the book, for the most part - but couldn't get used to some of the ch 3.5 stars - rounded down. "You're gonna need a bigger boat..." That line was improvised by Roy Scheider on the day of shooting. Loved the movie, which is based on Peter Benchley's 1974 novel of the same name. At first, I didn't favour either the movie or the book (which is different to the film), but the further I got into the novel, the less I enjoyed it. So, for me, at least, the movie was definitely superior. I enjoyed reading the book, for the most part - but couldn't get used to some of the characters patois, and some of the sentence structure didn't work for me. It didn't flow as well as I would've liked. The Kindle edition has a few typos: waman (woman), gelling (yelling), shift (shirt), etc, so that was a bit annoying, as well. A Great White (Carcharodon Carcharias) brings terror to Amity Island - when a young woman (Christine Watkins) is killed after going skinny dipping in the early hours. Her remains are found by Officer Leonard Hendricks, washed up on the beach, after Brody, Hendricks and her date, Tom, go searching for her. Well, they find her. What's left of her, anyway. And they proceed to have a puking contest. When Brody realises, she was killed by a shark - he wants to close the beaches, but has opposition from just about everyone, more or less. He's on his own. The towns economy is not doing so well, and with the beaches closed - well, they need the summer tourists to bring in the revenue or the town will die. The Mayor, Lawrence (Larry) Vaughan gives Brody an ultimatum: open the beaches or lose your job. So it becomes open season. Then another victim is claimed by the shark, and he has no choice but to close the beaches, indefinitely, whether he has a job - or not. He eventually gets help from a fisherman, Quint, to hunt down and kill the shark, which is going to cost double the usual rate. I didn't really care about Ellen Brody's infidelity with Hooper, which was going to be a subplot in the movie. Thankfully, it was left out. I did like Daisy Wicker, though. She was quite funny, whilst conversing with Brody at the dinner party - for Hooper. Lee Marvin and Sterling Hayden were originally the first and second choices to play Matt Hooper in the film, but they turned it down - and Richard Dreyfuss got the part. Anyway, all they have to do is turn the shark upside down, to cause it to go into 'tonic immobility' - a state of paralysis. Some families of skilled Killer Whales 'hunt and eat' Great Whites for their livers. A female Orca was observed holding a Great White upside down for fifteen minutes in the waters around the Farrallon Islands, off the coast of California. Although, both species have their advantages and disadvantages. As for the film, it's the seventh-highest grossing movie of all time in Canada and the US - with an estimated 128, 078, 800 admissions. The budget was $9 million and it took $470.7 million at the box office. Nice payday. It was the first movie to gross over $100 million at the box-office; highest grossing movie of all time - at least, it was until Star Wars was released two years later. Yeah, well, nothings forever. The reason we don't get to see the shark much in the movie (it didn't fully appear until 1 hr 21 mins into the movie), is because the mechanical shark (Bruce) rarely worked. It was mainly non-functional. It's named after Spielberg's Lawyer, Bruce Ramer. I wonder what he thought of that? There was some real shark footage used in the movie, but it was used sparingly. The fictional town of Amity was shot on location at Martha's Vineyard. It took three days to shoot the opening scene. A Martha's Vineyard fisherman, Craig Kingbury (non-actor) appears in the movie as Ben Gardner. Spielberg' got the job of directing, because of his movie - Duel. In conclusion: I liked it for the most part, but my interest started to dwindle the further I got into the story - and it finished, too abruptly. Some scenes in the book were better than the movie, and vice versa. Some of the deaths were different in the movie; the way they played out, and the Killer Whale on the beach wasn't in the book. Overall, I preferred the movie. It had an excellent cast.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars “That 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 it.” I’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 Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars “That 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 it.” I’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 shenanigans . . . Jaws was a 2 Star read, but it's getting a ½ 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 time . . . Thank you for giving Quint’s story even more depth (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 men . . . My 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 . . .

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nayra.Hassan

    هل المياه آمنة ؟ الأدباء يمرون على البحر🌊 مرور الكرام فلا تبتل اقدامهم..بل لعلهم يذهبون البحر ليغوصوا في أعماق ابطالهم فحسب اما مع بيتر بينشلي فستتنفس عبق البحر و رائحة اسماكه؛ستحارب معه وحوش القاع و ستهاب فكوك القروش..و اعتى القراصنة 🌊في "فكان "ستعرف انك لتهرب من القرش يجب الا تندفع مسرعا السطح ..بل عليك العودة بهدوء للقاع و إثارة الرمال حولك لانها تسد خياشيم القرش تماما اذن هنا انت مع أدب سيفيدك حتما يوما ما..أدب لا يتعالى على متاعب قد تواجهها في رحلاتك او في حياتك على السواحل أدب يناقش مخاوفك ال هل المياه آمنة ؟ الأدباء يمرون على البحر🌊 مرور الكرام فلا تبتل اقدامهم..بل لعلهم يذهبون البحر ليغوصوا في أعماق ابطالهم فحسب اما مع بيتر بينشلي فستتنفس عبق البحر و رائحة اسماكه؛ستحارب معه وحوش القاع و ستهاب فكوك القروش..و اعتى القراصنة 🌊في "فكان "ستعرف انك لتهرب من القرش يجب الا تندفع مسرعا السطح ..بل عليك العودة بهدوء للقاع و إثارة الرمال حولك لانها تسد خياشيم القرش تماما اذن هنا انت مع أدب سيفيدك حتما يوما ما..أدب لا يتعالى على متاعب قد تواجهها في رحلاتك او في حياتك على السواحل أدب يناقش مخاوفك المشروعة جدا من مخلوقات تجهلها...التي قد تتحول لهيستيريا تقتلك أدب يناقش كيف يخرج الخطر أقصى قدراتك أدب مغامرات مختلف🐬 و لا يمكن فصل الرواية او تفضيلها على فيلم سبيلبرج الاسطورى.. نتذكر موسيقاه الكابوسية كلما اقتربنا من الامواج متوجسين

  11. 5 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    First I want to thank Steven Spielberg for ruining the fun with swimming in lakes as a child. because of course there could be sharks in lakes...in Sweden. Second, I want to thank him for letting Ellen Brody be a background character in the movie so the movie wasn't ruined by that F*****g bitch. Jaws is one of my favorite movies. So it's kind of strange it has taken me this long to read the book. I remember that my brother had the book and I was curious about it, but I just never read it. I remem First I want to thank Steven Spielberg for ruining the fun with swimming in lakes as a child. because of course there could be sharks in lakes...in Sweden. Second, I want to thank him for letting Ellen Brody be a background character in the movie so the movie wasn't ruined by that F*****g bitch. Jaws is one of my favorite movies. So it's kind of strange it has taken me this long to read the book. I remember that my brother had the book and I was curious about it, but I just never read it. I remember checking the beginning of the book to see if the beginning was just like the first scene from the movie. But I just never bothered reading it. My eyes caught the cover of this book among my Ebooks when it was time to pick a book a couple of days ago and I thought, "what the heck, let's skip all the ARC's for now and read a book I have bought". I enjoyed the book it was good. Well, most of it. I came to enjoy the mafia angle that the movie didn't have and it was interesting to get a deeper understanding of the economic consequences of closing the beaches. What I didn't like was the Ellen Brody drama. She has a great marriage, a loving husband, and three great sons, but she is still unhappy. And, then Matt Hopper arrives at the island. Not to spoil the book. But God dammit. That part of the book made me angry. So angry that I wished she had been on the damn boat at the end with Brody, Quint, and Hopper. Despite being a good book can't I help to think that the movie is just so much better. It's not that long ago that I watched it, but I do feel like watching it again.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    “At first, the woman though 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, “At first, the woman though 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…” - Peter Benchley, Jaws I have been told many, many times that I write long reviews. That’s my style, and I’m sticking with it. But I’m willing to experiment. Accordingly, I decided to try a little writing exercise. Instead of explaining myself, I’m going the Twitter route. No explanations! Only conclusions! So, without further ado, here is my four word review of Jaws: Just watch the movie. Helpful? Not really? Okay. Let’s try this. I will do a two sentence review (though it will also have only four words): Less talk. More chomp. ------------------------------------------------ Still here? All right, I have a few things to add. First, I have to say upfront that discussing Peter Benchley’s novel is impossible without reference to Steven Spielberg’s film. This is one of the rare instances where the old chestnut about the “book being better than the movie” is completely wrong. It’s not simply a matter of the book being terrible and the movie being great. It’s a matter of the movie being one of the greatest of all time, and making the book seem terrible by comparison. Thus, I constantly had to remind myself to judge Benchley’s work as literature, rather than engage in a one-sided comparative analysis. Second, with that said, I will still probably refer to Spielberg’s all-time classic more than a couple times. Jaws is a novel I’ve read twice before. The first time I was way, way too young to fully grasp what I was reading. I am referring, of course, to some of the most horribly written sex scenes this side of early Ken Follett. The second time I read it, I was a bit savvier, able to comprehend (if not enjoy) what I was reading, and definitely appreciated the awful sex scenes (probably too much, if we’re being honest). This, my third read-through, came about after watching the film for the (roughly) millionth time in my life. Afterwards, I pulled my battered paperback off the shelf and decided to test my earlier recollections. At 278 pages, it is a small time investment, and it’s summery setting allowed me to pretend that warmer weather was coming, even as alternating snow/rain showers dampened my hopes. The most striking thing about Jaws is how its premise is absolutely perfect. Quaint ocean-side village, dependent on summer tourism dollars, is terrorized by a killer Great White Shark. A cop, a marine biologist, and an obsessed fisherman go out to stop it. A solid gold story. Early on, Benchley capitalizes on this, to wonderful effect. His novel starts with an irresistible (fish) hook: “The great fish moved silently through the night water, propelled by short sweeps of its crescent tail.” Within the first few pages there is a graphic and terrifying attack. Benchley immediately had me on the line, and all he had to do was reel me in. (You are probably wondering, at this point, whether I will stop using the cheap fishing metaphors. The answer is yes. Not because you’re asking, but because I ran out). And then Benchley utterly screws things up. Instead of honing in on what works, instead of tightly focusing on the central conflict of man versus nature, Benchley drifts away with the tide. This should have been Moby Dick, but with a Shark. Instead, it’s Moby Dick, but with a Shark, and a shading of The Godfather, and a bit of half-baked Updike. Among the film's many achievements is its near-flawless pacing. The shark attacks. The denizens of Amity aren’t sure it’s a shark, so they keep swimming. The shark attacks again. The town responds by killing a different shark. The shark returns a third time, reminding everyone of the danger. And so on and so forth. All the film’s conflicts are drawn from the (mostly) unseen menace beneath the waves. The tension continues to rise as this shark, circling the island, draws tight an invisible noose, until our heroes must leave land and confront the beast on its own turf. Benchley has no use for this pared-down – albeit highly effectual – narrative arc. Instead, after the initial onslaught, the storyline sort of wanders away. Chief Brody, Amity’s top cop, starts to lose the thread of his case. Instead of worrying incessantly about the shark, he becomes preoccupied by Mayor Larry Vaughn, and Vaughn’s secretive business dealings. Meanwhile, Brody’s wife, Ellen, is having a hell of a life crisis. Born wealthy, she went slumming to marry Brody, and now, three kids later, she is starting to regret her decision. When young Woods Hole oceanographer Matt Hooper – a trust funder himself – comes to town, Ellen’s eyes start to wander. (This is not really a spoiler, but more of an irrelevant aside: (view spoiler)[The hardest thing about reconciling book with film is the fact that Richard Dreyfuss played Hooper in the movie. Book Hooper and Movie Hooper are light years apart. Yet I couldn’t create a Book Hooper in my mind, so I just used Dreyfuss. The results are – and I’m not exaggerating – quite horrifying. If you’ve read the book, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t read the book, I dare you to – while imagining Richard Dreyfuss (hide spoiler)] ) One of Benchley’s big themes, if it can be called that, is the notion of class immutability. I’m not talking simply wealth, though it plays a role. Rather, I’m referring to how certain groups of people hold themselves out as a distinct caste, superior to others, who are not allowed access to this inner circle. At one point, Benchley writes about a bunch of rich youngsters sunning themselves on the beach: These were not Aquarians. They uttered none of the platitudes of peace or pollution, of justice or revolt. Privilege had been bred into them with genetic certainty. As their eyes were blue or brown, so their tastes and consciences were determined by other generations. They had no vitamin deficiencies, no sickle-cell anemia. Their teeth – thanks either to breeding or orthodontia – were straight and white and even. Their bodies were lean, their muscles toned by boxing lessons at age nine, riding lessons at twelve, and tennis lessons ever since. They had no body odor. When they sweated, the girls smelled faintly of perfume; the boys smelled simply clean. This is an excellent passage. A pointed and humorous critique of upper middle class privilege in the 1970s. But it felt like it belonged in a different book. Instead, Benchley uses this observation as a jumping-off point for an extended live-autopsy of Brody and Ellen’s marriage. The centerpiece of this narrative deviation is a dinner party that Ellen throws on Hooper’s behalf. During the liquor-fueled evening, Benchley delves into the psyches of both husband and wife. To his credit (I suppose), he is not afraid to make them both terrible people. Brody is brutish, coarse, a bit of a lout, and a functioning alcoholic to boot. Ellen is a 36 year-old mother reverting to a spoiled 15 year-old teenager with a Barneys charge card. Again, in an entirely different novel, this totally works as a scene from a marriage about to implode. But this is Jaws! A dinner party is your main set piece? Above, I mentioned the awkward sex scenes. I don’t want to spoil them for you. They are a treat. Specifically, there is a lunchtime conversation about sexual fantasies that is among the most cringe-inducing things I’ve ever read. I sort of wished I’d filmed myself reading it. My face would have looked like I’d just shoved an entire lemon into my mouth, and bit down. Things eventually come back around to the shark. By that point, though, I hardly cared. The movie’s version of the charter boat captain Quint is among the most indelible characters in cinematic history. Book-Quint is terrible, a foul-mouthed, one-dimensional old salt who is more of a hustler chasing green than an Ahab chasing a creature from the deep. This is important, because the endgame of both book and novel resolve around Brody, Quint, and Hooper sharing a small boat on the big sea. Benchley’s inability to find any interesting interactions between the three men keeps the book from reaching any dramatic climax. (The book’s only climax occurs when…oh, never mind). Instead, the story drags and sputters on a downward course, until it staggers to an abrupt and entirely unfulfilling end. It would be overly glib to say that the best character in Jaws is the Great White Shark. It would also be true. However, I mean that with all due respect. The shark is an amazing creation. It is relentless and frightening; it’s intellect is almost supernatural; its intent borders on the psychopathic. The shark is like Michael Meyers, before Rod Zombie overanalyzed Michael Meyers to the point of boredom. Hiding beneath the waves, a remorseless machine that has evolved to hunt, kill, and eat, the shark is a compelling, mysterious, dread-evoking presence. It should have driven the story from its first memorable appearance. Instead, it disappears for long stretches, and not because, as in the movie, it had a mechanical breakdown. When the shark is gone, we are left with a shallow and tawdry tale of rather unlikable humans making a wreckage of their lives. It gets to a point where you don’t just miss the shark’s dramatic momentum, but you start to root for him to somehow get on shore and make an entrance at that interminable dinner party.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sr3yas

    The best part about the book was the one time when the Great White Shark leaped from the ocean and shouted: Don't Hate The Player, Hate The Game! Okay, that might not have happened. Jaws tells the story of the people who live in Amity, a small seaside resort town which depends on summer tourists for its income. The town got a comparatively peaceful community, helmed by a gregarious mayor, a working-class police chief and a resourceful editor of the local newspaper. The town is having a hard tim The best part about the book was the one time when the Great White Shark leaped from the ocean and shouted: Don't Hate The Player, Hate The Game! Okay, that might not have happened. Jaws tells the story of the people who live in Amity, a small seaside resort town which depends on summer tourists for its income. The town got a comparatively peaceful community, helmed by a gregarious mayor, a working-class police chief and a resourceful editor of the local newspaper. The town is having a hard time, but the hard-working people of the town are making the best of it. Enter the Shark. But wait! There is something even more sinister lurking around in Amity. Behold THE SOAP OPERA. It's tough to create a perfect creature feature story. Most of the time, the writers focus on creatures/horror tropes and forget to build solid human characters. A perfect story is supposed balances human characters and creature fun perfectly, which Jaws was able to accomplish in the first act: A bloody introduction to action, a great spectrum of characters, and intriguing small-town politics. But the middle portion of the story is less captivating... no, scratch that, it is boring compared to the opening act. At one time, this was how my brain was reacting to the story: "Don't do that, girl! You can't have an affair now! " "Oh, you sly dog. There is more to this than meets the eye, isn't there?." "Family Drama, Gaaaaaah" "Gangsters? What gangsters?" "Wait, wasn't there supposed to be a shark somewhere in the novel?" The final act is action filled, and all the shark attacks are fun to read, but at the end of the day, Shark gotta do what a shark gotta do, and it was the flaws of human players which held the story back. And yup, the movie is much better than the book. Go Spielberg.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Councillor

    Who doesn't know the famous Spielberg movie with a shark as the big bad guy who wreaks terror on an entire town, with three men going on a mission to kill the shark before he kills even more people? Just one year before the release of the movie, Peter Benchley's novel Jaws was published which the movie was adapted from. (Personal confession here: I never watched the movie, so there was nothing I could compare the events in the novel with. I practically went into it blank apart from the knowledge Who doesn't know the famous Spielberg movie with a shark as the big bad guy who wreaks terror on an entire town, with three men going on a mission to kill the shark before he kills even more people? Just one year before the release of the movie, Peter Benchley's novel Jaws was published which the movie was adapted from. (Personal confession here: I never watched the movie, so there was nothing I could compare the events in the novel with. I practically went into it blank apart from the knowledge of a shark being around in this tale.) It's fairly easy to summarize this book: There is no heavy or particularly complex plot; you get to see the shark early on, then you are introduced to some of the main characters who live in the town the shark has focused his attention on, then the shark reappears one hundred pages later, we have a dozen unnecessary subplots again which, of course, deserve no conclusion, then the shark stops by for a few pages again and the author cuts his own book off in the middle of a scene, leaving his reader hanging in the air. Benchley started out on a very strong premise, delving into the shark's POV and making his reader believe that the shark is actually allowed to be one of the main characters. But after the second page, we would only meet him again through the eyes of other characters - and apart from that, it all went downhill pretty fast. The author did, however, succeed at drawing a picture of society in a small town by outlining how almost everyone in this town beared prejudices towards other people and acted in a judgmental way (with the one single exception being the shark who killed without making a difference between whether his victim is old or young, black or white, rich or poor). So at least you can say one good thing about sharks: they treat human beings equally. The novel is more about the decline of a marriage than anything else, yet it was a shark which was originally promised in the blurb, and we didn't get to see that shark for major parts of the book. I know I'm probably in the minority with my opinion, but I didn't give a damn about Matt Hooper or Ellen or Chief Brody or who they had flings with and why they betrayed each other. Benchley didn't allow his characters any depth; he just created one-dimensional, unlikeable beings which happened to be present when a shark attacked at the shore of the smalltown. What's perhaps even worse: Benchley gave the villain role to the shark, made us want to see the shark get killed, but after the first half of the book, I found myself rooting for nobody but the shark. Remember: the book is called Jaws, the cover features a shark, the premise of the novel consists of a shark attack, and yet more than half of the book is about the police chief's frustrated wife who has nothing to do at all with the shark. This basically results in the book bearing the terror of a shark attack in the 10% of the novel when the animal is actually present, and being incredibly boring and suspenseless in the other 90%. I did manage to finish the book in the course of a few hours, but that didn't mean I liked it at all. Sometimes a premise can be as promising as this one, but if the characters don't work and the dialogue is horrible ... then there is nothing to redeem that book. Which, of course, doesn't mean that other readers might not look at this book as an amazing piece of writing. The blurb of my copy promises that "the novel reaches a climax without having a rival when it comes to tension and drama". I'll say only one thing about this: Don't believe that blurb.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2016/03/24/b... A whole generation was scared off from swimming in the ocean by the Spielberg film based on this book. Embarrassingly, I have to say my own reaction was even more extreme. It was the early 90s and I must have been about 7 when I watched Jaws for the first time on VHS, and for an entire week I refused baths because I was terrified little great whites were going to pour out of the faucets and eat my face. I was an especial 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2016/03/24/b... A whole generation was scared off from swimming in the ocean by the Spielberg film based on this book. Embarrassingly, I have to say my own reaction was even more extreme. It was the early 90s and I must have been about 7 when I watched Jaws for the first time on VHS, and for an entire week I refused baths because I was terrified little great whites were going to pour out of the faucets and eat my face. I was an especially wimpy kid with an overactive imagination. Anyway, fast forward more than ten years, because that was how long it took before I finally managed to screw up the courage to watch the movie again. By then, I was in college and had forgotten much of what happened in the story, so aside from my memories of a couple horrific iconic scenes that have forever burned themselves into the hard drives of my mind, in many ways it was almost like seeing it for the first time all over again. The difference was, I was no longer a child. And chalk it up to the impatience of my twenty-something-year-old self or the fact that the movie was already more than 30 years old by that point, I realized then how needlessly I’d hyped that experience up for myself. Watching Jaws through fresh eyes, it occurred to me that the movie was actually kind of…boring. But don’t get me wrong; I’ve certainly come to love the film now that I’m older, because I obviously wouldn’t have bothered to check out the book it was adapted from if I wasn’t such a big fan. So, why have I rambled on and on about movie in this review so far when, really, I should have been discussing the Peter Benchley novel instead? Well, it’s because a lot of things because clearer to me after I read this. Let’s face it, barring a handful of edge-of-your-seat moments in the beginning of the film and of course John Williams’ classic score, things don’t really get going until Brody, Hooper and Quint finally end up on the ocean to hunt that big damn shark. Up until that point, much of it was terribly long and terribly dry, and if I thought that about the slow burn build-up of the movie, a part of me couldn’t help but wonder how I was going to make out with the source material. Truth is, I ended up being pleasantly surprised. The book kept me thoroughly entertained from start to finish, and not only on account of the differences from the movie. It’s clear to me now that a faithful adaptation wouldn’t have worked at all, because of the much deeper, more profound themes in the novel—which I hadn’t expected at all. Benchley must also have realized that writing a horror/suspense-thriller book about a man-eating shark wasn’t going to be easy, if nothing else because every scene on land was going to require a little something extra. After all, no ocean means no shark, and no shark means no action. In other words, boring. So, not surprisingly, actual scenes with the shark—or “the fish”, as it was called in this book—were written with this cold and almost detached attitude, leaving readers with no illusions as to its brutal nature, and when it kills, you can bet there’s no skimping on the blood and gore. But hey, what about when the story isn’t focused on the shark? Well, as a matter of fact, plenty of other things happen, including Mayor Vaughn’s connections to the mafia, and a torrid affair between Brody’s wife and Hooper. Ellen Brody, who was barely an afterthought in the movie, is actually a central character in the novel with a major storyline surrounding her intense longing for the affluent life she led before she got pregnant by Brody, which is why she ended up marrying him and settling in Amity. The overall feel of the book is undeniably more melancholy and mature. On the flip side, the darker tone meant that we lost much of the bromance that made the movie so enjoyable towards the end, and the characters were all so thoroughly unappealing that more than once I ended up rooting for the shark. The finale was also nowhere near as explosive or satisfying, so ultimately, I think it’s safe to say that while the book wins in some areas, it also loses spectacularly in others. Still, I have to say reading Peter Benchley’s Jaws was more enjoyable than I thought it would be, especially for an older book that’s so inherently associated with its popular adaptation. I’m guessing if you’re interested in checking it out, it’s because you’re like me—a fan of the movie who was really curious to see what in the novel made it in, what got changed, and what got cut. If you want to get the full picture, this is definitely a must-read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tea Jovanović

    I was young (in my teens) and foolish enough to watch the movie based on this book while on vacation on an island... You don't have to ask me if I skipped going to sea for few days... :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣

    3.5 stars Jaws was such a pleasant surprise for me. I always loved the movie, and the novel is so much more than just your average monster book. I was completely amazed by the characters' depth, and how utterly unlikeable most of them are. Ellen Brody is some sort of modern Emma Bovary, while Harper is a jackass. Not to mention the mayor who got involved with the wrong kind of people. And because of that, he is willing to let innocent people die for profit. I like the omniscient point of view. Thi 3.5 stars Jaws was such a pleasant surprise for me. I always loved the movie, and the novel is so much more than just your average monster book. I was completely amazed by the characters' depth, and how utterly unlikeable most of them are. Ellen Brody is some sort of modern Emma Bovary, while Harper is a jackass. Not to mention the mayor who got involved with the wrong kind of people. And because of that, he is willing to let innocent people die for profit. I like the omniscient point of view. This way we get to peek inside the shark's mind. Well, the author acknowledges it's not much of a mind, but it's still nice to know the fish's POV. I listened to the audiobook and I highly recommend it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Paul Nelson

    Jaws or 'the fish' as he prefers to be known is one big ass, mean motherfucking, rip toothed, man eating great white shark whose sole job is to harass the swimmers at Amity beach to the point where no-one dare go in the water and the livelihood of everyone in the town is severely under threat.   So what makes him perfectly qualified for this role, well he's got big fucking teeth, swims like a torpedo and has developed a taste for reading swimmers, boats and fishermen. Reading, Woah, autocorrect er Jaws or 'the fish' as he prefers to be known is one big ass, mean motherfucking, rip toothed, man eating great white shark whose sole job is to harass the swimmers at Amity beach to the point where no-one dare go in the water and the livelihood of everyone in the town is severely under threat.   So what makes him perfectly qualified for this role, well he's got big fucking teeth, swims like a torpedo and has developed a taste for reading swimmers, boats and fishermen. Reading, Woah, autocorrect error that was eating.   Ok the book pans out a little different to how they ended up filming it but you can forgive that I guess, after all the movie wasn't too bad. A few plot differences with regard to Hooper shagging the chief’s missus and how 'the fish' eventually just slips into the depths instead of getting theatrically blown to bits but hey, it works. Good job. Also posted at http://paulnelson.booklikes.com/post/...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brad

    Jaws is the tale of a marriage on the edge of failure. Chief Brody, head of the Amity police, is married to Ellen. They've three kids. He's a native of the area; one of the poor boys who spent his days on the beaches while the rich folks came down to vacation from the big cities. She's from one of those big cities, from one of those rich families, and since she married Chief Brody she's been an outsider amongst the natives and outsider amongst the tourists. She belongs nowhere and feels herself Jaws is the tale of a marriage on the edge of failure. Chief Brody, head of the Amity police, is married to Ellen. They've three kids. He's a native of the area; one of the poor boys who spent his days on the beaches while the rich folks came down to vacation from the big cities. She's from one of those big cities, from one of those rich families, and since she married Chief Brody she's been an outsider amongst the natives and outsider amongst the tourists. She belongs nowhere and feels herself wasting away in the tiny beach town, and she pines for what once was. (view spoiler)[She ends up sleeping with Matt Hooper, ichthyologist and younger brother of a boy she once loved, much to the Chief's chagrin (hide spoiler)] . Jaws is the tale of shady land speculation, organized crime and local governmental corruption, wherein another poor local boy "makes good," becomes Mayor, becomes one of the "nouveau riche," then winds up putting lives at risk to save his own skin and pay his bad debts.(view spoiler)[ A storyline that parallels and informs what's happening with Ellen, showing us what happens to those moving between classes in either direction (and suggesting that, perhaps, everyone should stay where they fucking belong, amongst their own people -- much to my discomfort and frustration) (hide spoiler)] . Oh yeah ... Jaws is also the tale of a killer shark that starts eating swimmers off the coast of Amity. Chief Brody, Matt Hooper and Quint (the infamous modern Ahab captured so wonderfully by Robert Shaw in Spielberg's movie, although he only shows up in the book in the last eighty pages after one brief half page cameo early on) go out and try to save the people and Amity's economy by catching the greatest of great white sharks. (view spoiler)[Hooper dies in this version, and the final take down of the Shark is Quint's rather than Brody's , then Brody swims towards a light house on the coast all by his lonesome. (hide spoiler)] It all feels like an afterthought, a tacked on third act of a book that never knew what it wanted to be, and the total lack of closure as the novel ends is pretty disappointing. Once again, the movie proves to be better than the book. Much, much better. Glad I reread this, though. A woman I loved told me to read this again, once upon a time, and I promised I would. It took a decade, but I lived up to the promise.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Jaws, Peter Benchley Jaws is a 1974 novel by American writer Peter Benchley. It tells the story of a great white shark that preys upon a small resort town and the voyage of three men trying to kill it. The novel grows out of Benchley's interest in shark attacks after he learned about the exploits of shark fisherman Frank Mundus in 1964. Doubleday commissioned him to write the novel in 1971, a period when Benchley struggled as a freelance journalist. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه دسامبر سال 1997 میلادی عن Jaws, Peter Benchley Jaws is a 1974 novel by American writer Peter Benchley. It tells the story of a great white shark that preys upon a small resort town and the voyage of three men trying to kill it. The novel grows out of Benchley's interest in shark attacks after he learned about the exploits of shark fisherman Frank Mundus in 1964. Doubleday commissioned him to write the novel in 1971, a period when Benchley struggled as a freelance journalist. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه دسامبر سال 1997 میلادی عنوان: آرواره ها؛ اثر: پیتر بنچلی؛ مترجم: مهرداد فتوره چی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، جامعه، 1375، در 344، شابک: 9649006524؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آمریکایی قرن 20 م داستان کوسه ای ست که با نزدیک شدن به آبهای ساحلی شهر «آمیتی» یک زن و بچه ای شناگر را میبلعد. شهر آمیتی بسیار جذاب و محل مناسبی برای شنا كردن است؛ مردمان شهر درآمد خود را از گردشگران به دست میآورند، اما پیدا شدن کوسه ای بزرگ آنهم در فصل تابستان در آبهای ساحلی شهر موجب حوادث ناگواری شده كه ... ا. شربیانی

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Breslin

    Reviewing a book that was made into a movie over 30 years ago and which almost everyone has seen already seems a little pointless. On the other hand I don’t need to post a spoiler alert. If you are somehow unaware of the plot of Jaws, then it doesn’t matter if I give it away, because--I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this--you have Alzheimer’s disease. Yes, it’s a shame. There there. But even if you already know exactly what is going to happen, this is still a thrilling, chilling read. You sh Reviewing a book that was made into a movie over 30 years ago and which almost everyone has seen already seems a little pointless. On the other hand I don’t need to post a spoiler alert. If you are somehow unaware of the plot of Jaws, then it doesn’t matter if I give it away, because--I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this--you have Alzheimer’s disease. Yes, it’s a shame. There there. But even if you already know exactly what is going to happen, this is still a thrilling, chilling read. You should not tackle it while wearing nice pants. In fact, you should probably borrow some Depends from one of those people who doesn’t know what happens at the end. Yeah, a lot of people thought “scare the shit out of you” was just a figure of speech, but who’s scrubbing their drawers with a bucket of undiluted bleach trying to remove that nasty stain now, huh? Assuming you do not have a medical propensity toward incontinence, and are not planning on going swimming in the ocean anytime soon (within the next decade or so), and you want to read a scary, suspenseful thriller, then this is going to be one terrifyingly entertaining treat. Now, for those of you who don’t already know what happens: you have Alzheimer’s. It’s a shame. There there.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Gail

    JAWS Peter Benchley writes a mediocre, or average at best, shark story that is fondly remembered by most thanks to Stephen Spielberg. The book is okay, mostly sharky fun weighed down by drama at times, but it can't hold a candle to the greatest shark movie ever made. So. Truth time. As a small child, think four or five years old, I had a very real fear of being eaten by a shark. We didn't live near water. I was too small to swim and I felt totally safe in the tub. No, these sharks were cartoon sha JAWS Peter Benchley writes a mediocre, or average at best, shark story that is fondly remembered by most thanks to Stephen Spielberg. The book is okay, mostly sharky fun weighed down by drama at times, but it can't hold a candle to the greatest shark movie ever made. So. Truth time. As a small child, think four or five years old, I had a very real fear of being eaten by a shark. We didn't live near water. I was too small to swim and I felt totally safe in the tub. No, these sharks were cartoon sharks who lived under my bed. They also had giant forks and knives to eat me with. I was also scared at one time of the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, who lived in my closet. I was a very imaginative child. Who knew as an adult I'd enjoy stories about people being eaten by sharks so much? So, I've already said that this can't hold a candle to the movie adaptation. It just can't, okay? The movie is that good. Had I not seen the movie, I might think better of the book. Maybe. But not by much. What drags down the paper and ink version, is the same thing that made the cinema version sing; the shark. If you've seen the movie, (and if you haven't I'm going to politely suggest you stop whatever you are doing right now and go watch it,) then you know that it's as much about what you don't see. Even when the shark isn't on screen, the story is busy building suspense. This is severely lacking in the suspense department. It has its moments sure, but then there's that dinner party scene where everyone just bitches and gets drunk and there's weird sexual tension and anger. Book-Ellen, is a more complex and developed character than movie-Ellen, I'll give her that. But! She's also terrible. I just want a nice heroine named Ellen for once. It won't make drunk dudes in bars stop yelling, "Hey Ellen, like Ellen Degeneres! You a degenerate?" It's not funny and I'm not going to suck your dick. Plus Ellen Degeneres is a national treasure, so how dare you? Anyway, despite sharing my name, I can't like Ellen Brody. She gets more development, but it doesn't add anything to the story as a whole. It just brings up these weird snippy jealousy issues and I kept wanting to be like, "You know...there's still a shark that's going to eat your tourists." Jaws the book has good moments, but if you've seen the movie I'd say you aren't missing anything. I'll never tell anyone they can't read something, but you've basically already seen the best moments of this made even better. I liked the little details about corruption and the mob, but other than that...*shrug* It's no "You'll never go in the water again," but I'll give it a "You'll consider a vacation to the mountains instead of the beach this year." Oh wait. The mountains aren't safe either. Boom! AVALANCHE SHARKS! In a surprising twist, the only safe place to hide from the myriad of unlikely sharks is UNDER MY CHILDHOOD BED. Where I make an alliance with the hungry cartoon sharks. It's Ellen and the UnderbedSharks vs. SyFy Channel Villain Sharks. Coming this fall to SyFy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    I remember reading this back in the mid-70s when the movie came out. I have seen the movies several times since and had forgotten how different the book was from the movie. Brody in the book still seems a bit like Roy Scheider. The others except for Quint seem to be very different. The shark is the main character in the film but in the book, it is the complex relationship between island lifer Brody, his (former) socialite wife, and a younger man named Hooper. There are several underlying themes I remember reading this back in the mid-70s when the movie came out. I have seen the movies several times since and had forgotten how different the book was from the movie. Brody in the book still seems a bit like Roy Scheider. The others except for Quint seem to be very different. The shark is the main character in the film but in the book, it is the complex relationship between island lifer Brody, his (former) socialite wife, and a younger man named Hooper. There are several underlying themes of rich and poor, shady financial deals, race, and of course a renegade shark. In typical 70s fashion, it carries all the hot themes of the day -- marital infidelity, homosexuality, the mob, the economy, and everything else short of disco. The shark plays much more of the setting than a character. He does have his appearances, but more so acts to drive the sub-plots in the story. The movie focus on action and the shark in the book Quint, the shark hunter, doesn't appear until the end of the book. A good popular fiction from the seventies with a shark still lives in the minds of many. This was a free streaming audiobook for members of Audible.com

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dennis

    In 1974 Peter Benchley’s ‚Jaws‘ became a major bestseller and also paved the way for the first summer blockbuster in the history of cinema. Both the novel and the movie scared the hell out of people. And some would never go swimming in the sea ever again. Unfortunately it also made shark hunting a popular sport and the great white shark nowadays is considered as vulnerable. It’s up for discussion how much of that is actually down to Benchley’s novel and I don’t really want to get into this. Becaus In 1974 Peter Benchley’s ‚Jaws‘ became a major bestseller and also paved the way for the first summer blockbuster in the history of cinema. Both the novel and the movie scared the hell out of people. And some would never go swimming in the sea ever again. Unfortunately it also made shark hunting a popular sport and the great white shark nowadays is considered as vulnerable. It’s up for discussion how much of that is actually down to Benchley’s novel and I don’t really want to get into this. Because it is impossible to tell. In any case, the novel is highly inaccurate in its depiction of the great white and Benchley later stated it would be impossible for him to write it the same way again. There are two major reasons for its inaccuracy. One is that, although Benchley did some extensive research, we just didn’t know all that much about the great white back when he wrote the book. ‚Jaws‘ also made oceanography way more popular and subsequently led to an increased knowledge of sharks. The second reason is, despite Benchley mentioning the real life event of the 1916 shark attacks in New Jersey, this book is still fiction. And that’s what I took it for. It’s a highly enjoyable fictional horror story. That’s because the character of the fish (let's call him Bruce) is perfectly suited for a horror novel. Bruce gets described as unthinking and therefore unpredictable. He knows no fear. He is impossibly big and strong. A predator who’s only goal is to hunt, kill, feed. And he can not be found, he only ever finds you. Also, let’s face it. Being a great white he just doesn’t exactly look like this. And rather more like this. All the scenes including Bruce are very suspensfully written and absolutely terrifying. But there have to be humans also and at one point we go about a hundred pages without encountering the shark. Generally that’s okay with me, because I don’t want to have one shark attack after the other until I don’t care anymore. And also Benchley‘s prose has a nice flow to it. It is not deep, mind you. But enjoyable to read. But there are also some major problems. None of the characters is very likeable. I liked Chief Brody in the movie. But I didn’t like him here. Some of his decisions seem very irresponsible and not only because he gets pressured by Vaughan (another unlikeable character). I also didn’t like how he reacted towards some of the towns people. His wife Ellen is an absolute bitch. Sorry for the language, but it’s true. There’s one chapter that’s especially horrifying. And unfortunately it also includes Hooper. The only character (apart from Meadows, maybe) that had the potential to be likeable. But that gets completely ruined in one terrible encounter with Ellen. This leaves us with Quint, who was sensationally portrayed in the movie by Robert Shaw. Quint is not meant to be the most likeable character in the first place. He still might appeal to the reader in some sort or form. But then he started killing sharks for the sheer fun of it. And I’m not talking about Bruce here, which he was actually hired to kill. Just some random sharks he didn’t even try to catch. I know this may be a reasonable part of Quint's character. But it’s just not a likeable trait. The other problem I had with this book is the ending. For all the suspense Benchley was able to build the very end felt kind of anticlimactic to me. So, that’s 3.5 Stars in the end. I round up to 4. Because it was a qick and thrilling read. Really good entertainment most of the time. And that’s what I’m looking for in these kind of books. Still, I prefer Spielberg’s blockbuster movie, which scared the hell out of me when I was a kid. Sometimes people have to remember that it is more likely to get struck by lightning than attacked by a shark. But it’s not easy to do after watching ‚Jaws‘. It is not easy folks.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mia Nauca

    Jaws es una de mis películas de terror clásico favoritas así que definitivamente quise leer el libro a penas me enteré que había uno Había escuchado que la película era muy superior al libro así que no fui con grandes expectativas pero al terminar de leerlo decidí ponerle 5 estrellas porque me encantó de principio a fin En el libro no se enfocan completamente en el tiburón, como si lo hacen en la película, hay historias secundarias muy interesantes. Se exploran los problemas maritales, las jugadas Jaws es una de mis películas de terror clásico favoritas así que definitivamente quise leer el libro a penas me enteré que había uno Había escuchado que la película era muy superior al libro así que no fui con grandes expectativas pero al terminar de leerlo decidí ponerle 5 estrellas porque me encantó de principio a fin En el libro no se enfocan completamente en el tiburón, como si lo hacen en la película, hay historias secundarias muy interesantes. Se exploran los problemas maritales, las jugadas de poder, los intereses financieros, la ética profesional, el morbo, entre muchas otras. Lo personajes son complejos y te puedes identificar mucho con ellos y con las decisiones que toman. Es un libro realmente cautivador, crudo y con bastante acción por parte del tiburón, hay un poco más de gore del que me esperaba lo cual hizo que me estremezca en muchas partes de la lectura Finalmente puedo decir que me gustó tanto como la película pero por razones diferentes y estará entre mis libros favoritos de este año

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Janz

    I get no pleasure from writing negative reviews. I have no problem with others who rip books to shreds, but maybe because I'm a teacher and see in an author a former child now working tirelessly to pursue a lifelong dream, I feel a little guilty criticizing others too harshly. So please know that I dread saying this, but... JAWS isn't a very good book. I take that back--it's a wildly uneven book. Peter Benchley absolutely nailed the shark attack scenes; I mean that sincerely. The moments leading I get no pleasure from writing negative reviews. I have no problem with others who rip books to shreds, but maybe because I'm a teacher and see in an author a former child now working tirelessly to pursue a lifelong dream, I feel a little guilty criticizing others too harshly. So please know that I dread saying this, but... JAWS isn't a very good book. I take that back--it's a wildly uneven book. Peter Benchley absolutely nailed the shark attack scenes; I mean that sincerely. The moments leading up to and during the attacks were riveting, pulse-pounding, nail-biting. I could scarcely breathe whenever the shark would appear. So what happened to the rest? The key, I think, lies in this Robert Shaw quote (himself a novelist and the man who turned Quint--a chilling but one-note psychopath in the book--into one of the most iconic characters in film history): "JAWS was not a novel. It was a story written by a committee, a piece of shit." Spoilers ahead. I guess. Maybe I just want to think well of Benchley, who was quite knowledgable about sharks, and who--if the attack scenes were indeed penned by him--could truly write. I want to imagine that the Ellen Brody/Matt Hooper affair was imposed upon him by the publisher; that the endless, clumsy info dumps resulted from a meddling co-writer not trusting the reader as much as Benchley did; that the implausible character motivations and the eye-rolling deus ex machina were attributable to someone other than the author. Whatever the case, the book is notable only for providing just enough raw material for better storytellers to transform it into one of the greatest movies ever made. The film version is a true classic. It's not hyperbole to say that JAWS is a perfect film. Thank goodness that Spielberg jettisoned the affair and instead allowed Hooper to be written and played with nuance and immense likability. Thank goodness Spielberg and screenwriter Carl Gottlieb (and the uncredited, extraordinarily talented scribe Howard Sackler) transformed Brody into something other than an ineffectual cuckold. And man, the difference between Quint the sadistic book character (what he does to young sharks, admittedly, is shocking and haunting) and Robert Shaw's modern-day Ahab is like the difference between a tuna and a great white. So read the book if you want a few jolts of real adrenaline. I'm not kidding. The action scenes are spectacular. But if you want the other elements of a good story--you know, like characters you don't want pureed and used as chum--check out a different book. Or just rewatch JAWS. I promise you, it never gets old.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Leo .

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a classic. The film too. How scary was this book when it came out. The Deep too although not really a scary book more an adventure. Jaws though...Wow! I think Peter Benchley was not happy with the legacy the film left behind. The Great White was already hunted severely and after the award winning film was released I think it more than trebled. It goes against the respect Peter Benchley has for the oceans and its inhabitants. Now the shark is a protected species in most parts of the world This is a classic. The film too. How scary was this book when it came out. The Deep too although not really a scary book more an adventure. Jaws though...Wow! I think Peter Benchley was not happy with the legacy the film left behind. The Great White was already hunted severely and after the award winning film was released I think it more than trebled. It goes against the respect Peter Benchley has for the oceans and its inhabitants. Now the shark is a protected species in most parts of the world and about time too. Anyhow the film is great but the book is better. In the book the scientist Hooper dies. The cage comes back up with a leg in it.🐯👍

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pedro Matilde

    Starts well enough for you to think it’s going to be great. It’s not. It’s just ok. Time hasn’t been kind to this book and I think Spielberg, when directing the film, has done well in leaving out some parts of the story, not because they’re the worst ones but because they’re just pointless fillers written down on a failed attempt to add some humanity to the characters.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    “There's nothing in the sea this fish would fear. Other fish run from bigger things. That's their instinct. But this fish doesn't run from anything. He doesn't fear.” I read Jaws when I was teenager, and of course I’d already seen the movie countless times. I remember finding it a dry, dull story that couldn't touch the movie. Based on this year’s re-read, I still find the movie better, but the book has earned new brownie points. When I was younger, some of the intricacies of the marriage subplot “There's nothing in the sea this fish would fear. Other fish run from bigger things. That's their instinct. But this fish doesn't run from anything. He doesn't fear.” I read Jaws when I was teenager, and of course I’d already seen the movie countless times. I remember finding it a dry, dull story that couldn't touch the movie. Based on this year’s re-read, I still find the movie better, but the book has earned new brownie points. When I was younger, some of the intricacies of the marriage subplot probably didn’t jive with me. Bentley makes a focus theme be the marriage of Chief Brody, from his wife Ellen’s boredom and to his inferiority complex, knowing what it left unsaid. While Hooper is a friend and savior in the movie, in the book he is basically a rival to his wife’s bed. I still liked Hooper, even if I think the writer wants us to dislike him - I felt bad for what happened to him on the pages in the end. “The past always seems better when you look back on it than it did at the time. And the present never looks as good as it will in the future.” Ellen may have been going through an unsatisfied wife thing, but she was realistic, well written, and I didn’t dislike her either, despite any actual betrayal or thoughts of it. Brody shone in book form as well as he did in the movie – a reluctant hero who puts aside his own personal safety to save the life of his town. Their marriage woes weren’t exactly a side plot, as they took up a large part of the book, which is why some may not care for this much. I did like the personal drama, especially that awkward dinner scene. Jaws is a worthy villain, given a teasing, hunting role when the three men go to battle him on-board. It’s kind of like the cheesy revenge plot we all want to forget in Jaws 4: The Revenge. In novel form, the craftiness of the shark (that shouldn’t exist) stands out more clearly – as does Quint’s obsession for making this personal. His story in book form about his experiences in the war are also more depressingly sobering. A great story but the semi-sedate pace keeps it from swimming up to that five star goal. Jaws may be a killing machine, but that’s just not as impressive without the infamous John Williams score and Spielberg directing the death scenes. Jaws bites down, but there’s not as much suspense delivered during those crucial moments, other than perhaps the opening pages.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Peter Monn

    Hands down one of my new favorites. So much scarier and in depth am than the film. Check out my full review on my Booktube channel at http://YouTube.com/PeterLikesBooks

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