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Joe and Me: An Education in Fishing and Friendship
Joe and Me: An Education in Fishing and Friendship
by James Prosek
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lessons on Fishing and Friendship, October 2, 2001
The novel Joe and Me by James Prosek is a book about a special relationship between a ranger named Joe Haines and a young boy by the name of James Prosek. James was caught trespassing and fishing without a permit in a local pond near his home in Connecticut. But instead of running a way like his friend, James dropped his rod and surrendered. This move would change his life forever. Joe took James home and explained to him that he could catch just as many fish with out trespassing or breaking any laws. From that point on Joe and James' relationship began to grow. Joe began taking James along with him on many fishing trips and other outdoor adventures. He taught James all he could ever want to know about the great outdoors. Although Joe was much older than James, he never treated James like a little kid or like he would a son. Joe treated James like a friend.
This is one the best educational books not only on fishing but also on friendship that I have ever read. The tone of the book was pleasant and serious as Joe taught James about fishing and friendship. The weakness of the book was that each chapter was an essay that made the story line choppy. The strength of the book was the easy lessons on fishing and friendship.

by John Gardner
Edition: Paperback
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Grendel, an unusal book, May 18, 2000
This review is from: Grendel (Paperback)
John Gardner's novel Grendel is different from any other book I have ever read. It tells the story of Beowulf from the perspective of the monster Grendel. Grendel is a lonely one of a kind misfit. He is a being with no conscience and a constantly violent and evil nature. In spite of all this the author makes you feel some pity and understanding for him. Grendel tries to talk to the first humans that he has contact with, but they are so terrified and repulsed that they try to kill him. Grendel talks to a dragon who explains to him that he is different and in his own way superior to man. Grendel comes to believe that only his own existence is important. As he matures he realizes that even his bond with his mother only exists because he is her offspring. Grendel has no relationships in his life except between a murderer and his victims. His feelings of isolation are reinforced by the philosophy of his contact with the dragon. The dragon can predict the future and explains to Grendel that in the grand scheme of time his exsistance means nothing. Grendel gives in to his vicious bloodthirsty side and begins a twelve year war with Hrothgar, King of the Danes, and his thanes. During those years Grendel carried out bloody raids on Hrothgar's meadhall. He killed and ate his victims in these raids. He was careful to never kill off all the Danes although he had the power to do so because his war with them became his only reason for existence. In John Gardner's story of Grendel one can see through the eyes of an insane tortured non-human. The reader can see many of mankinds conflicts and characteristics. I would recomend this book for the serious reader who is willing to try and think about complex things.

Where the Red Fern Grows
Where the Red Fern Grows
by Wilson Rawls
Edition: Paperback
Price: $5.47
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book, March 22, 2000
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls tells the story of a young boy named Billy growing up in the rural Ozark Mountains during the depression. Billy's family is poor but proud of the simple life they live. Billy's dream is to own a pair of coon hounds. His family does not have the money to buy Billy any hunting dogs. So Billy sets out to work and save enough money to buy the dogs himself. His Grandfather encourages him and even agrees to keep Billy's plan a secret from his parents. He works at all sorts of odd jobs and saves every penny he can get his hands on in an old tin can. By the end of the summer he has enough money to buy a pair of pups. He sees an advertisement in a magazine for quality coon hound pups and his grandfather helps him to order them. Billy has to walk to town when his dogs arrive. On the way home they have an encounter with a cougar. Billy names his pups Old Dan and Little Ann. He works hard to train them to hunt. Billy enters a hunting competition and after enduring a number of set backs he wins the gold cup. Through all of his adventures with Old Dan and Little Ann Billy learns many valuable lessons about life. The author, Wilson Rawls, brings to life the time and place of his story in Where the Red Fern Grows. I enjoy hunting and working with dogs in the field, so I was able to relate to Billy's love of his dogs and the land. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any reader.

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