Sunday, August 12, 2018

Jaws by Peter Benchley

Jaws
by Peter Benchley
narrated by Erik Steele

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Published: 2013
Publisher: Ballantine Books (reprint)
Genre: Action, Horror, Mystery, Sharks
Paperback: 352
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
The great fish moved silently through the night water, propelled by short sweeps of its crescent tail.

Here is Peter Benchley’s classic suspense novel of shark versus man, which was made into the blockbuster Steven Spielberg movie. The Jaws phenomenon changed popular culture and continues to inspire a growing interest in sharks and the oceans today.

When Peter Benchley wrote Jaws in the early 1970s, he meticulously researched all available data about shark behavior. Over the ensuing decades, Benchley was actively engaged with scientists and filmmakers on expeditions around the world as they expanded their knowledge of sharks. Also during this time, there was an unprecedented upswing in the number of sharks killed to make shark-fin soup, and Benchley worked with governments and nonprofits to sound the alarm for shark conservation. He encouraged each new generation of Jaws fans to enjoy his riveting tale and to channel their excitement into support and protection of these magnificent, prehistoric apex predators.


My two-bits:

Although this sea battle of man vs. shark did not come off so much as a horror story (like the movie version), it included summer time small town doings in regards to the locals, their relationships and politics.

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* Listened to audiobook version.

* part of Sharks in August (here)

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