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The River Why

Duncan, David James (Book - 2002 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Since its publication by Sierra Club Books more than two decades ago, The River Why has become a classic, standing with Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It as our era's most widely read fiction about fly-fishing. This captivating and exuberant tale is told by Gus Orviston, an irreverent young fly fisherman and one of the most appealing heroes in contemporary American fiction. Leaving behind a madcap, fishing-obsessed family, Gus decides to strike out on his own, taking refuge in a remote riverbank cabin to pursue his own fly-fishing passion with unrelenting zeal. But instead of finding fishing bliss, Gus becomes increasingly troubled by the degradation of the natural world around him and by the spiritual barrenness of his own life. His desolation drives him on a reluctant quest for self-discovery and meaning -- ultimately fruitful beyond his wildest dreams. Stylistically adept and ambitious in scope, The River Why is a touching and powerful novel by an important voice in American fiction. In a new Afterword written for this twentieth-anniversary edition, David James Duncan reflects on the genesis of his book and on the surprising link between fishing and wisdom.
Authors: Duncan, David James
Title: The river why
Publisher: San Francisco : Sierra Club Books ; [Berkeley] : Distributed by University of California Press, 2002
Edition: 20th anniversary ed
Characteristics: 310 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: David James Duncan
Notes: "With a new afterword by the author"--Jacket
Contents: Compleat angler
Undoing of a scientific angler
Characters in nature
Line of light
At the end of the line
Acknowledgments and dedications
Heart work: Afterword, twenty years later
ISBN: 0871563215
9780871563217
1578050847
9781578050840
Branch Call Number: FICTION DUNCAN 2002
Subject Headings: Fly fishing Fiction
Topical Term: Fly fishing
LCCN: 2002727979
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This captivating and exuberant tale is told by Gus Orviston, an irreverent young fly fisherman and one of the most appealing heroes in contemporary American fiction.


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Dec 09, 2010
  • tweedledee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I highly recommend this book. Very humorous towards the beginning of the book and then changes to a more spiritual/ philosophical tone. A very good coming of age type of book.

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