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The Fly Caster Who Tried to Make Peace with the World Paperback – March 26, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Saw Mill River Press (March 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879628260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879628267
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,844,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gregg Perez on January 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
The memoirs of Ian Mac Bride described in this book are familiar to all those who have suffered through some sort of tragedy during their life. Kadish's story is one of recovery, faith, and love with some twists along the way. If I were to compare this book to a meal I would say it resembles a nice hot vegetable stew on a cold winter's day. It's comforting and with every bite/page you taste something new. I enjoyed going back in time to experience life in New York City during the early 1900's. As a fisherman I enjoyed the history lesson on the origin of dry fly fishing in this country. I also enjoyed the technical descriptions of fly casting techniques. As a an artist I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the Beaverkill River scenery and characters met during his life of fly casting and fly fishing. There's also a bit of bamboo rod making, the physics of Einstein's theories, references to great books, history lessons of the Civil War, WWI and WWII. My favorite subject of all, however, was the lesson of faith and spirituality.
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This sat on my Kindle for several months waiting for me to get the time to start a new book. One day an opportunity came for me to read for a few minutes, and I couldn't put it down until I finished the entire thing the next day. I had always wondered why my wife likes to read stories that made her cry, and maybe now I know.

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.
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Initially, I had my doubts about this one, especially since it looked like it was going to focus on long distance casting, which is more about mechanics than the serenity of fishing on any one of America's great trout streams. Kadish, however, reels you in to what becomes a mesmerizing tale of the main character's somewhat introspective journey... his fears, his dreams, his growth, his defeats and his triumphs. Through it all is a pursuit of perfection in the cast, the catch, and the release. Any who have felt the peace of the river, the excitement of a strike, and the escape from a world that moves too fast will enjoy this book. Well done.
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Anyone with a taste for flycasting and flyfishing history will revel in Kadish's book. The author's very perceptible passion for his subject is evident on every page, and his story is filled with interesting and entertaining twists. I read the book the first time in a single sitting, and only a few days later went back and enjoyed it at a more leisurely pace. Highly recommended.The Fly Caster Who Tried to Make Peace with the World
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As a lifetime fly fisher, I'm always looking for a good book that uses fly fishing to tell the story. When I found this in the Kindle Store, I thought I'd give it a try. I have to say I found it to be an excellent read. Kadish developed very good characters in a well-told story, that brings in the history of fly fishing in New York, against the backdrop of a time of great transition of our country, and weighs in on heady subjects such as cultural diversity, human compassion, passion for life, and family relationships. In a lot of ways, I found it kind of an east coast version of Macleans's A River Runs Through It, but the writing in this novel if far superior to Maclean's. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone that has stood in a river, fly rod in hand, and contemplated life. And if you haven't, then read this book and you'll want to. Well done Mr. Kadish. Thanks!
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Randy Kadish is a very talented writer. I haven't read fiction in years because I was tired of being disappointed. There are no disappointments in this book. The main character is fully developed and of great complexity. He is a masterpiece. There is a good amount of time and space spent on details of fly-fishing technique but their inclusion worked even for a non-fishing reader; the art of flyfishing became a rich and flexible metaphor for life. This is the kind of book where the reader forms personal relationships with the characters and becomes emotionally invested in them. When the book ended I inwardly wished that it would go on longer. This author deserves fame and fortune and I don't see any reason why he shouldn't achieve them.
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