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The Compleat Angler (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – January 15, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0199538089 ISBN-10: 0199538085 Edition: Reprint

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  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (January 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199538085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199538089
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.8 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Izaak Walton (1593-1683) was an English writer.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Chips on November 17, 2010
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There is a reason why this work is still in publication. Across the centuries Izaak Walton communicates his enthusiasm for the sport of fishing. I met Mr. Walton in a Later Renaissance lit class, but I wanted to renew the acquaintance in a less formal setting. For a time travel vacation with a spot of fishing The Compleat Angler is perfect.

Don't read it in a hurry. A page here and a page there. It was written for advice and for enjoyment.
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"We'l rejoice with my brother _Peter_ and his friend, tell tales, or sing Ballads, or make a Catch, or find some harmless sport to content us, and pass away a little time without offence to God or man."
-- Izaak Walton, _The Compleat Angler_

Izaak Walton (1593-1683), ironmonger, biographer, and fisherman may be said to have been a man who valued the contemplative over the active life. In today's world of hustle and bustle and time clocks, there is something to be said for a man like Walton, who knows how to take it slow and easy. His masterpiece, _The Compleat Angler_ (begun 1653), is in part a practical guide to fishing. For many years, it could be found in fishermen's creels. But it is also in part a praise of the pastoral life, which contributes to its charm:

Look! under that broad _Beech-tree_, I sate down, when I was last this way a fishing, and the birds in the adjoyning Grove seemed to have a friendly contention with an Eccho, whose dead voice seemed to live in a hollow tree, near to the brow of that Primrose-hill; there I sate viewing the silver streams glide silently towards their center, the tempestuous Sea; yet, sometimes opposed by rugged roots, and pebble stones, which broke their waves, and turned them into foam: and sometimes I beguil'd time by viewing the harmless Lambs, some leaping securely in the cool shade, whilst others sported themselves in the chearful Sun; and saw others craving comfort from the swoln Udders of their bleating Dams. (79)

Shortly after this scene, we hear a young milkmaid sing Christopher Marlow's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love," which begins: "Come live with me and be my love/ And we will all the pleasures prove...
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 29, 2010
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Eventhough this book has a funny title, it's a well known classic. It is not just for fisherman, eventhough the title seems to indicate that that would be the case.

First published in 1653, Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler celebrates the art and spirit of fishing in prose and verse. Walton infused his work with anecdotes and commentaries on catching and preparing everything from carp to trout, chub to pike. The Compleat Angler is as fresh and relevant today as it was two and a half centuries ago. The Compleat Angler continues to be "must" reading for every new generation of fishermen (and fisher women!) who have ever picked up a pole, line and lure to set forth on one of human kind's oldest pastimes -- fishing.

Undoubtedly, its most enduring distinction--what's raised an essential sporting how-to to the level of literary classic--is the one cast off by its subtitle The Contemplative Man's Recreation with its graceful evocations of a life free from hurly-burly in the company of friends intent on physical and moral sustenance.

Personally, I prefer the editon here: The Compleat Angler; Or, The Contemplative Man's Recreation, as it has a more attractive price.
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