Terry Davis was one of my favorite writing teachers when I was in college Our fiction writing class got to read this book on its way to publication I fell in love with protagonist Louden Swain This achingly honest, real coming of age story is well worth a read. Vision Quest is one of the movies that all wrestlers covet, however I never even knew the book existed until recently The book isn t exactly like the movie, so if your like me and just finding the book after you ve loved the movie for years, all I can tell you is, in the book, Louden never wrestles Shute and Shute s first name isn t Brian, its Gary Terry Davis is a great writer and this book is written very well For a novel written about being a teenager and a high school wrestler, you d be Vision Quest is one of the movies that all wrestlers covet, however I never even knew the book existed until recently The book isn t exactly like the movie, so if your like me and just finding the book after you ve loved the movie for years, all I can tell you is, in the book, Louden never wrestles Shute and Shute s first name isn t Brian, its Gary Terry Davis is a great writer and this book is written very well For a novel written about being a teenager and a high school wrestler, you d be surprised to find out that it was written in 1979 Louden Swain is an unforgettable character, both as a teenager and as a wrestler Not all fans of Vision Quest the movie will enjoy this read, but some who see the bigger picture of the story will Great writing, excellent book sad to see that this book is out of print now onand many other places Overall, I think this book was pretty good What I liked most about this book was that it was a book about a high school wrestler I m a wrestler and I can relate to a lot of the stuff that the book contains Another thing I liked about this book was how the author portrayed how Louden was feeling through all the events he went through For example, he had to lose 29 pounds in 2 weeks to wrestle the undefeated, reining state champion Shute his last name.Something I didn t like about the book Overall, I think this book was pretty good What I liked most about this book was that it was a book about a high school wrestler I m a wrestler and I can relate to a lot of the stuff that the book contains Another thing I liked about this book was how the author portrayed how Louden was feeling through all the events he went through For example, he had to lose 29 pounds in 2 weeks to wrestle the undefeated, reining state champion Shute his last name.Something I didn t like about the book was how quickly it went by at the end I would ve rather had a bitdetail about the ending match with Shute I just cut off right at the start of the match, which made me want to throw the book out the window, because it made me so mad that it just cut off and didn t say who won I was really waiting for that, but it didn t say The thing I did like about the ending, though, was the words the author put at the end I made me feel like I was in a match again, and I was the one wrestling Shute Years ago I saw the movie first and really liked it, so I finally got around to reading the book Lots of differences between the two For once, I like the movie better, but the book is a good coming of age story. I m calm as I enter the circle Behind me trails a brief tradition It s made up, but it s mine Win or lose, the river flows again Shute and I cross and shake hands The whistle blows Through me flows the power to blast Grand Coulee Dam to smithereens. I finally tracked down a copy of the book that inspired the movie I ve watched like 58502855 billion times I already liked the character Loudin Swain hell I even named one of my characters after him but I really fell in love with him through the book, which is muchnuanced than the movie Matthew Modine was a great Loudin, because though his expressions and thoughts he was able to fill in the gaps the movie created Still going back and really getting to know this character was definitel I finally tracked down a copy of the book that inspired the movie I ve watched like 58502855 billion times I already liked the character Loudin Swain hell I even named one of my characters after him but I really fell in love with him through the book, which is muchnuanced than the movie Matthew Modine was a great Loudin, because though his expressions and thoughts he was able to fill in the gaps the movie created Still going back and really getting to know this character was definitely a treat I ve read this book multiple times, and own a first edition hardcover from 1979 I knew of the movie first, and found the book in my HS library I ve read it probably ten times I love the book, and I ve gotten to know Terry Davis a little bit through emails, he is a great guy and an awesome writer. Louden Swain Is On Top Of The World The Funny, Gutsy High School Senior Is A Champion Wrestler In Training For A Crucial State Tournament He Has The Support Of His Beautiful, Worldly Girlfriend, Carla, And His Teammate Kuch, Who Is On A Spiritual Journey Louden Is Living Life To The Fullest, And Celebrating In It This Honest And Exuberant Novel Is Full Of Engaging Characters Who Revel In The High Sprits And Passions Of Growing Up I recently found out through this site that one of my favorite high school movies came from this book The book is really different, but mostly because of time and place I loved the pacing and the insight this book has It really reveals the best part of the male libido. Terry Davis is the reason Chris Crutcher is a published author This novel is sooo much better than the film The ending is very courageous for a new author My guys really have to ponder itand pondering is a good thing