River Why

ISBN-10: 1578050847
ISBN-13: 9781578050840
Edition: 20th 2002 (Anniversary)
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Description: Since its publication by Sierra Club Books nearly two decades ago, The River Why has become a classic, standing with Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It as the most-read fiction about fly-fishing of our era. Duncan's protagonist, Gus Orviston,  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Edition: 20th
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Sierra Club Books
Publication date: 8/5/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Since its publication by Sierra Club Books nearly two decades ago, The River Why has become a classic, standing with Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It as the most-read fiction about fly-fishing of our era. Duncan's protagonist, Gus Orviston, is an irreverent young flyfisherman--a vibrant character who makes us laugh easily and feel deeply, and who speaks with startling truth about the way we live. Leaving behind a madcap, fishing-obsessed family, Gus embarks on an extraordinary voyage of self-discovery along his beloved Oregon rivers. What he unexpectedly finds is man's wanton destruction of nature and a burning desire to commit himself to its preservation. The River Why is a tale that gives a contemporary voice to the concerns and hopes of all living things on this beautiful, watery planet. It is the story of one man's search for meaning, for love, and for a sane way to live.

David James Duncan has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes & has won a Montana Arts Council Award. He lives in Montana.

The Compleat Angler
"Gus the Fish"
The Rogue River Fishing War
Concerning Statistics
Some Biographical Statistics
Statistical Improbabilities
The Great Izaak Walton Controversy: the Parental Version
The Great Izaak Walton Controversy: My Own Rendition
Excerpts from the God-notebook
Being "Educated" and "Gittin' Brung Up"
The "Ideal Schedule"
Voiding My Rheum
The Undoing of a Scientific Angler
Where I Lived and What I Lived For
Water on the Brain
Anvil Abe and the Phantom Fisherman
Fainting Before the Duel
I Reckon
Anamnesis
Characters in Nature
The River Writes
Neighbors
The Warble of the Water Owl
Eddy
Jesus Keeps Fishing
Descartes
Philosophizing
Little, But Strong
Closing the Door
The Line of Light
Hemingway
Dutch
Nick the Convert
The Trek
The Raven and the [characters not reproducible]
Googler and Mangler
Trick or Treat
The Line of Light
At the End of the Line
Last Chapter
Acknowledgments and Dedications
Heart Work: An afterword, twenty years later

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