Spanning the centuries of writing about the sport of fishing, this collection offers adventures and misadventures, cool contemplations and breathtaking confrontations. You'll sit by rushing mountain streams, ride rough ocean waves, and enjoy the magical tranquillity of secret fishing holes and "lucky" lakes in the company of some of the greatest writers of all time.The selections in" The Armchair Angler" range from classic pieces by Isaak Walton and R.D. Blackmore to writings by such contemporary favorites as Arnold Gigrinch, Nick Lyons, Patrick McManus and Ernest Schwiebert. Every type of fishing experience is explored: Zane Grey searches the rivers of the Everglades to round up tarpon; Ernest Hemingway proves his mettle on the high seas; John MacDonald, in a piece sure to resonate with anyone who has ever cast a line, reminisces about the ones-that-got-away. In Richard Brautigan's "The Hunchback Trout, " the "counterculture" perspective on fishing is perfectly rendered, while the female point of view on both fishing and fisherman is delightfully brought to life by Beatrice Cook, a woman who confesses to being "joined to anglimony."The age-old affiliation of fine writing and fishing continues today. Pieces by Thomas McGuane, Russell Chatham, and Bill Barich, and moving excerpt from Norman Maclean's best-selling" A River Runs Through It" exploring the subtle yet profound influence fishing has on uniting a family are prime examples of contemporary works that transcend traditional boundaries.
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Here are sixty pieces, averaging about six pages each, from the finest fishing writers from Izaak Walton through the present. Hemingway, T.H. White, Zane Gray, de Maupassant, and Charles Dodgson are among the more familiar to the nonfishing audience, but the selections represent a veritable who's who of angling authors. Of course one could quibble: the poetry is insubstantial, and the most space is given to Ted Williams and Roy Blount, Jr. (16 pages each). Those objections notwithstanding, this is an excellent library acquisition. It should be appreciated by literate fishers, and the works from which the selections are taken provide a good library guide for building a fishing literature collection. David J. Panciera, Westerly P.L., R.I.
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Book Description Hungry Minds Inc,U.S., 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 1st Collier Books ed. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0020178018