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Greatest Hunting Stories Ever Told: Twenty-Nine Unforgettable Tales Paperback – September 1, 2004
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While clearly addressed to the fraternity of hunters, the essays and stories in this collection transcend the boundaries of the field. McGuane, writing passionately about how the hunt for food defines who we are in "The Heart of the Game," observes, as Sitting Bull did before him, "when the buffalo are gone, we will hunt mice, for we are hunters and we want our freedom." Hemingway, in "Remembering Shooting-Flying," an Esquire column from 1935, keeps world affairs in perspective when he wonders "how the snipe fly in Russia now and whether shooting pheasants is counter-revolutionary." "The Forest and the Steppe" is one of Turgenev's evocative "Hunter's Sketches"; evocative also defines "Mister Howard Was a Real Gent," one of Ruark's marvelous "Old Man and the Boy" contributions to Field & Stream.
Given the overall subject, there is plenty of sporting drama throughout, but also plenty of thoughtful reflection, and absolutely magnificent storytelling, which is as it should be. When you set your sights on the greatest, your aim needs to be true. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"This is a book wrapped in adventure with nostalgia, a book with writing that both soothes and crackles. Besides being a solid volume on its own, it serves as a fine introduction to a variety of writers readers may pursue at length" -- St. Mary's Press
"Few would quarrel with the selection of any of the 29 writers included as among the best in the game. ...The stories tell about the planning, the quests, the challenges, and the experiences that make hunting what it is. Hunters will find many passages that bring back recollections of their treasured moments in camp with good friends. Other stories may take readers to place and times they will visit only in their dreams" -- The Conservationist
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