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The River Why

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:57 pm
by Stephen McGowen
A thread on this blog that mentioned Nantucket Sleigh Rides reminded me of THE RIVER WHY by David Duncan. In it, our hero meets the love of his life when he stumbles on her fishing for steelhead in a unique way ( very tenkara ) . Humerous and worth a read - one of the only two novels I know of with a fly fishing theme that is worth reading. SNOWFLY is the other...........check them out on the long winter nights/days ahead.

Re: The River Why

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:52 pm
by wrknapp
"The Earth is Enough" and "A River Runs Through It" are two more.

Randy

Re: The River Why

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:35 pm
by Stephen McGowen
Both superb but neither are novels.
Middleton's ON THE SPINE OF TIME is better than THE EARTH IS ENOUGH but I like everything of his I've read. They are more collections of remeniscenses than a formal novel.
Maclean's is considered a novella, a short work.
SNOWFLY must be an homage to Herman Melville. The tale is hung on the bones of MOBY DICK but they are hunting mayflies not whales. Sadly , it doesn't approach the quality of MOBY DICK, but it is a fine read with fabulous imagery and a trip to the old Soviet Union as well as an encounter with a supposedly deceased American writer. Its a hoot.

Re: The River Why

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:52 pm
by wrknapp
I really like "On The Spine of Time" also.

Randy

Re: The River Why

PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:16 am
by Stephen McGowen
I'm sorry that Harry is no longer with us. Have you read THE STARLIGHT CREEK ANGLING SOCIETY ?
Since Harry's death the prices have gone crazy and I can't afford that one. There is much repetition in his books and I wonder if there is in that one as well.
I had a tough time getting through the one dealing with his depression despite the lovely Oh Mi and Kiwi LaReaux. I think it was called RING OF BRIGHT COUNTRY .

Re: The River Why

PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:12 am
by CM_Stewart
Stephen McGowen wrote:SNOWFLY must be an homage to Herman Melville. The tale is hung on the bones of MOBY DICK but they are hunting mayflies not whales.


Boy, the mental image that creates is of an epic search for the great white fly hatch on the Housatonic River in Connecticut.






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Re: The River Why

PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 7:43 am
by wrknapp
I've not read any other of Harry's books, but I read a story of his once about "Starlite Creek" and some old man who fished with a steel telescoping rod and a special fly he tied out of turkey feathers. It was really good. I don't remember what magazine it was in. Maybe he turned it into a book.

Randy

Re: The River Why

PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:07 pm
by jbenenson
I think that Harry Middleton is a great author. I have all of his books including a hardback first edition of "The Earth is Enough". BTW, isn't that a intriguing title?