Izaak Walton Compleat Angler

ISBN 13: 9780854174591

Compleat Angler

 
9780854174591: Compleat Angler

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Review:

For a book to stay in print for nearly 350 years, its merits must continually entice and satisfy. The Compleat Angler qualifies on both counts. On the most obvious level, it remains as good a primer on fishing as any angler would want. But its most enduring distinction is hinted at in the subtitle--"the Contemplative Man's Recreation." Izaak Walton's sometimes convoluted 17th-century grammar can still reel in our imaginations with his graceful evocations of a life free from hurly-burly in the company of friends intent on physical and moral sustenance. "He that hopes to be a good Angler must not only bring an inquiring, searching, observing wit," suggests the master, "but he must bring a large measure of hope and patience.... Doubt not but Angling will prove to be so pleasant, that it will prove to be like a virtue, a reward to itself." Just like Walton's magnificent literary catch. --Jeff Silverman

About the Author:

Being comfortable (and well-connected) enough to retire in 1644, Izaak Walton turned to writing about his passion, fishing. In 1653 he published The Compleat Angler, a work he added to and revised for years to come – he died at the then extraordinary age of 90, having enjoyed decades of angling during his long retirement, mainly on the River Dove dividing Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

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