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The River Why

Duncan, David James

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ISBN 10: 0091528003 / ISBN 13: 9780091528003
Published by London, Hutchinson, 1983
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Octavo in blue cloth and blue multicolored pictorial DJ; 294 p.; 22 cm.; edges of jacket are very slightly bumped; very lightly sunned top edge of boards; previous owner's name and a date in pencil on ffep; o/w DJ is clean and pages are bright, clean, crisp; binding is tight and square; a gently used copy. fine in a near fine DJ. Bookseller Inventory # 78691

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Title: The River Why

Publisher: London, Hutchinson

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: near fine

Edition: First edition (stated).

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Synopsis:

[Read by Dick Hill]

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.

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.

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