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The Fly Caster Who Tried to Make Peace with the World Paperback – March 26, 2007
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More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really interesting story, captured from the first pages. Well written.Published 4 months ago by Anni
You do not have to be a fly fisherman to enjoy this book.
I found it to be a heartfelt story of a man's search for meaning in life. Read more
Very heart touching story. Another well written book,a book you wish would go on and on and on. "Swampfox"Published 8 months ago by Swampfox
I see the beaverkill within mind through these words. I see the mountain and hear the birds. I know i need to love more!Published 11 months ago by MARK BONNELL
I find this story very interesting and is keeping me reading . I like to fly fish and this is a great read .Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer