REVIEW COPY. (Full-color promtional placard & publicity letter from publisher laid-in) SIGNED by David James Duncan on the title page. About fine in a Nf. dj. (Light discoloration to the light sensitive spine on dj. Tiny hint of rubbing at edges of spine) Author's FIRST book.; Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: 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.
Review: David James Duncan's first novel has gained an increasingly wide audience over the years--some might even call it a following. This coming-of-age tale of Gus Orviston's search for the Pacific Northwest's elusive steelhead, a metaphor for Gus's internal quest for self-knowledge, appeals to all who cherish a good yarn and memorable characters. Uncle Zeke's colorful rendition of Gus's conception on the banks of the Deschutes River is itself worth the price of purchase.
Title: THE RIVER WHY.
Publisher: SIERRA CLUB.
Publication Date: 1983
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.
Book Description Sierra Club Books, 2002. Condition: Fair. 1st Edition. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Seller Inventory # GRP8669718
Book Description Sierra Club Books, 2002. Condition: Good. 1st Edition. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP8669717
Book Description Sierra Club Books. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. 0871563215 Item in acceptable condition including possible liquid damage. As well, answers may be filled in. Lastly, may be missing components, e.g. missing DVDs, CDs, Access Code, etc. Seller Inventory # Z0871563215Z4
Book Description Sierra Club Books, 1983. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 0871563215-2-4
Book Description Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, 1983. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Fifth Printing. Hardcover 5th printing lacking dustjacket. A good plus copy with light corner bumps and minor bending at the spine tips. Interior clean and unmarked, binding solid and fairly tight as if lightly read. Duncan's ground breaking novel, difficult to find in hardcover. 294 pp. Seller Inventory # 681
Book Description Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, CA, 1983. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Second Printing. Clean unmarked copy, solid binding. First edition, second printing, not a book club edition, price on dust jacket flap $12.95. Dust jacket worn at edges with several short closed tears, tiny chips at corners and ends of spine, presents well in a new protective mylar sleeve. Seller Inventory # 012768
Book Description Sierra Club Books, 1983. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0871563215
Book Description Harper and Row. Condition: Fine. Inscribed, 1st ed.; fine condition, DJ good condition, wear at corners, chip at bottom of DJ spine (1967). Seller Inventory # GTC1091
Book Description Sierra Club/Pantheon Books, San Francisco CA, 1983. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Duncan's debut is equal parts fly fishing, environmentalism and romance and won the Pacific Booksellers award.This copy is in good condition,EX-LIB with the usual stamps and labels, a first printing with the bright dustjacket in clear, mylar protection.The book will be carefully wrapped and boxed for shipping. Seller Inventory # 001921
Book Description Sierra Club Books, 1983. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 1st. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0871563215q