The River Why

Duncan, David James

Published by Sierra Club Books, 1983
ISBN 10: 0871563215 / ISBN 13: 9780871563217
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A nice copy of the first edition, first printing, the Sierra Clubs first book of fiction. Text is very tight and clean, appears barely read, if at all. Lettering to spine is bright and unflaked. Small number stamped (looks like a college bookstore stamp) to front free endpaper. In a Fine bright dust jacket (in mylar) w/two long very thin scratches to front panel (not that noticeable, especially due to the flyfishing line), very light wear to spine ends. No spine fading. No previous owners' names. No remainder mark or spray. Not Price Clipped. Not ex-lib. Not a Book Club Edition. This is a nice copy at a very good price. Compare and see. Photos sent upon request. Accurate Descriptions/Quality Books/Unmatched Prices. Bookseller Inventory #

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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.

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Title: The River Why
Publisher: Sierra Club Books
Publication Date: 1983
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition

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