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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Saw Mill River Press (March 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879628260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879628267
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,677,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I highly recommend it ..." --John Pitarresi, Utica Observer-Dispatch

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"I simply enjoyed the heck out of it."

More About the Author

I'm a native New Yorker. After a good deal of disappointment, I gave up writing. Then my mother passed away, and I found that fishing helped ease my grief. Almost accidently, I wrote and sold a fishing article. Afterwards, my articles and memoirs appeared in many publications, including The Flyfisher, Flyfishing & Tying Journal and Yale Anglers' Journal.

To me, much of my writing is about how the challenges of fishing and the beauty of the outdoors helped me come to terms with loss and with a world I can't always understand. In a sense, my writing is autobiographical, as it reflects my own gratifying, but at times, difficult journey of emotional and spiritual recovery.

On the long road of my journey, I slowly learned that, even when I don't have answers, I must strive to find forgiveness and self-worth and to connect to the good in the world. (This is how I define spirituality.) I therefore love books where the main characters struggle against inner and outer conflicts and then try to do what's right.

My most recent book is, The Way of the River: My Journey of Fishing, Forgiveness and Spiritual Recovery.

Customer Reviews

Randy Kadish is a very talented writer.
Anthony J. Whalen
I read the book the first time in a single sitting, and only a few days later went back and enjoyed it at a more leisurely pace.
Eric Peper
I had always wondered why my wife likes to read stories that made her cry, and maybe now I know.
Chris

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gregg Perez on January 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
The memoirs of Ian Mac Bride described in this book are familiar to all those who have suffered through some sort of tragedy during their life. Kadish's story is one of recovery, faith, and love with some twists along the way. If I were to compare this book to a meal I would say it resembles a nice hot vegetable stew on a cold winter's day. It's comforting and with every bite/page you taste something new. I enjoyed going back in time to experience life in New York City during the early 1900's. As a fisherman I enjoyed the history lesson on the origin of dry fly fishing in this country. I also enjoyed the technical descriptions of fly casting techniques. As a an artist I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the Beaverkill River scenery and characters met during his life of fly casting and fly fishing. There's also a bit of bamboo rod making, the physics of Einstein's theories, references to great books, history lessons of the Civil War, WWI and WWII. My favorite subject of all, however, was the lesson of faith and spirituality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Peper on November 10, 2007
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Anyone with a taste for flycasting and flyfishing history will revel in Kadish's book. The author's very perceptible passion for his subject is evident on every page, and his story is filled with interesting and entertaining twists. I read the book the first time in a single sitting, and only a few days later went back and enjoyed it at a more leisurely pace. Highly recommended.The Fly Caster Who Tried to Make Peace with the World
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Rapport on March 23, 2008
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Having just finished reading Mr. Kadish's novel, it's fresh in my mind.
I found this book very pleasant indeed. Intermingling of fly fishing, family, history, Einstein's threories, war & acheiving peace within your own self... Although these topics may seem unrelated, Kadish intertwines them with ease & talent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J. Whalen on October 26, 2007
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Randy Kadish is a very talented writer. I haven't read fiction in years because I was tired of being disappointed. There are no disappointments in this book. The main character is fully developed and of great complexity. He is a masterpiece. There is a good amount of time and space spent on details of fly-fishing technique but their inclusion worked even for a non-fishing reader; the art of flyfishing became a rich and flexible metaphor for life. This is the kind of book where the reader forms personal relationships with the characters and becomes emotionally invested in them. When the book ended I inwardly wished that it would go on longer. This author deserves fame and fortune and I don't see any reason why he shouldn't achieve them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris on March 4, 2014
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This sat on my Kindle for several months waiting for me to get the time to start a new book. One day an opportunity came for me to read for a few minutes, and I couldn't put it down until I finished the entire thing the next day. I had always wondered why my wife likes to read stories that made her cry, and maybe now I know.

The novel is a story in a story, with the setting for the front story being post-9/11 New York City, and the setting for the main story being the turn of the 20th century and World War I, extending to the end of World War II. There is even a friendship developed with a Civil War veteran. While most of the cast is fictitious, some, like Theodore Gordon, are real, and the history of the birth American dry-fly fishing and the invention of the double-haul provide a fascinating diversion to the main narrative.

It's not a story about fly fishing or fly casting, but rather a story about a boy becoming a man, and a man reaching maturity, including all of the struggles he had along the way. There were the typical struggles of a youth, such as whether he can measure up to his father or whether he wants to, and also less common struggles, like the loss of a parent, a child, and several close friends.

The protagonist, Ian, is quite well read as an English teacher, but never must have read the Bible and had only a shallow understanding of who God is. This prevented him from finding the answers to his most fundamental questions. Questions about the morality of war, why there is so much pain in the world, and the meaning of life. Perhaps that's why he only TRIED to make peace with the world, but was never quite able to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Wills on February 7, 2011
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This book was considerably longer then the first one that I read by this author. Again I had received a coupon code in exchange for a review.

Once again, the author really delivered on creating characters that were believable. At times the story felt a little slow moving and choppy. However it really was a great tale. I loved the fact that young Ian had met up with Izzy after the fishing tournament.

One thing I came away with was the fact that sometimes life's lessons come from people and places that you would never expect.

Another thing I would like to comment on is the fact that the father character was extremely narrowed minded towards the beginning. But then again, many people were like that back in those times.
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By scott on April 12, 2014
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A book that I could not put down!
I was entranced. The author's ability to paint with words a picture that I could see in my mind. I felt as though I was there in each and every moment. Watching, as the characters developed and the story unfolds.
A tale of the human condition. The choices we make. The life events that affect and define us. The family, friends and others who we meet along the way.
Don't let the title fool you. Fly fishing is part of the story, not the hole story. If you fly fish its a bonus. If you don't fly fish it's still a worth while read.
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