Jaws (Paperback)

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"The great fish moved silently through the night water, propelled by short sweeps of its crescent tail." So begins the calm, measured narration that launched a thousand nightmares, pumping brackish dread through the veins of a generation. Peter Benchley's abyssal masterpiece dissects the deep-seated paranoia that swims just beneath the surface of any close-knit community and shows that nothing tears a small town apart like itself. Or maybe a giant, man-eating shark.

— From Steven

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The shark-versus-man classic that inspired the blockbuster Steven Spielberg movie

A great white shark terrorizes the beautiful summer getaway of Amity Island, and a motley group of men take to the water to do battle with the beast. A heart-pounding novel of suspense and a brilliant meditation on the nature of humanity, Jaws is one of the most iconic thrillers ever written. 

This edition features bonus content from Peter Benchley’s archives, including the manuscript’s original typed title page, a brainstorming list of possible titles, a letter from Benchley to film producer David Brown with candid feedback on the movie adaptation, and excerpts from Benchley’s book Shark Trouble, highlighting his firsthand account of writing Jaws, selling it to Universal Studios, and working with Steven Spielberg.

After writing Jaws in the early 1970s, Peter Benchley was actively engaged with scientists and filmmakers, and over the ensuing decades, joined many expeditions around the world as they expanded their knowledge of sharks and shark behavior. 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.
 
Praise for Jaws
 
“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

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.

Praise For…


“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


Product Details
ISBN: 9780345544148
ISBN-10: 0345544145
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: August 6th, 2013
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Jaws