He named his six favorite books for The Week magazine, including:
Deliverance by James DickeyRead about the other books on the list.
Let me now praise the American writer James Dickey. In 1970, his novel Deliverance was published. I found it to be 278 pages that approached perfection. Its tightness of construction and assuredness of style reminded me of The Great Gatsby. Every sentence sounded marvelous, distinct, and original, and it flowed as quickly as the river it celebrated.
Also see: Pat Conroy's six favorite contemporary Southern novelists.