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9781578050840

The River Why

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  • ISBN13:

    9781578050840

  • ISBN10:

    1578050847

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-08-05
  • Publisher: Sierra Club Books

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Summary

Since its publication by Sierra Club Books nearly two decades ago,The River Whyhas become a classic, standing with Norman Maclean'sA River Runs Through Itas 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 Whyis 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.

Author Biography

David James Duncan is the author of The Brothers K, an American Library Association Best Books Award winner and a New York Times Notable Book; River Teeth, a memoir and collection of stories; and My Story as Told by Water, a 2001 National Book Award finalist. Duncan's work has appeared in Harper's, Outside, Orion, The Sun, Sierra, Big Sky Journal, Northern Lights, Gray's Sporting Journal, and many other publications. He lives with his family beside a Montana trout stream.

Table of Contents

Book One The Compleat Angler
``Gus the Fish''
3(7)
The Rogue River Fishing War
10(4)
Concerning Statistics
14(3)
Some Biographical Statistics
17(3)
Statistical Improbabilities
20(9)
The Great Izaak Walton Controversy: the Parental Version
29(7)
The Great Izaak Walton Controversy: My Own Rendition
36(4)
Excerpts from the God-notebook
40(5)
Being ``Educated'' and ``Gittin' Brung Up''
45(11)
The ``Ideal Schedule''
56(3)
Voiding My Rheum
59(11)
Book Two The Undoing of a Scientific Angler
Where I Lived and What I Lived For
70(13)
Water on the Brain
83(7)
Anvil Abe and the Phantom Fisherman
90(8)
Fainting Before the Duel
98(8)
I Reckon
106(7)
Anamnesis
113(17)
Book Three Characters in Nature
The River Writes
130(13)
Neighbors
143(6)
The Warble of the Water Owl
149(8)
Eddy
157(6)
Jesus Keeps Fishing
163(7)
Descartes
170(6)
Philosophizing
176(8)
Little, But Strong
184(7)
Closing the Door
191(9)
Book Four The Line of Light
Hemingway
200(8)
Dutch
208(12)
Nick the Convert
220(13)
The Trek
233(11)
The Raven and the why
244(8)
Googler and Mangler
252(8)
Trick or Treat
260(8)
The Line of Light
268(24)
Book Five At the End of the Line
Last Chapter
280(12)
Acknowledgments and Dedications 292(2)
Heart Work: An afterword, twenty years later 294

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