The River Why

The River Why

Book - 2002
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The classic novel of fly fishing and spirituality republished with a new Afterword by the author.

Since its publication in 1983, THE RIVER WHY has become a classic. David James Duncan's sweeping novel is a coming-of-age comedy about love, nature, and the quest for self-discovery, written in a voice as distinct and powerful as any in American letters.

Gus Orviston is a young fly fisherman who leaves behind his comically schizoid family to find his own path. Taking refuge in a remote cabin, he sets out in pursuit of the Pacific Northwest's elusive steelhead. But what begins as a physical quarry becomes a spiritual one as his quest for self-knowledge batters him with unforeseeable experiences.

Profoundly reflective about our connection to nature and to one another, THE RIVER WHY is also a comedic rollercoaster. Like Gus, the reader emerges utterly changed, stripped bare by the journey Duncan so expertly navigates.
Publisher: San Francisco : Sierra Club Books ; [Berkeley] : Distributed by University of California Press, 2002
Edition: 20th anniversary ed
ISBN: 9780316261227
9780871563217
0871563215
9781578050840
1578050847
Branch Call Number: FICTION DUNCAN 2002
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 22 cm

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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

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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