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The Fly Caster Who Tried to Make Peace with the World Paperback – March 26, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Some history involved, Nice read.
Well written and brings the fly fishing componeent intonit beautifully.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thought I was getting an instructional book of fly fishing. I got way more. This book is for those who like the outdoors, fishing, or a great period biography from the early... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Old Blizzard
Really interesting story, captured from the first pages. Well written.Published 10 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 14 months ago by Swampfox