- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Insight Editions; First Edition edition (May 31, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608870200
- ISBN-13: 978-1608870202
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 91 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've Never Met an Idiot on the River: Reflections on Family, Fishing, and Photography Hardcover – May 31, 2011
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The most entertaining and introspective fly-fishing memoir I have ever read.”
- David Ondaatje, filmmaker and owner, R.L. Winston Rod Company
Henry Winkler has become a true fly-fisherman and anyone who reads his eloquent words will gain an appreciation of why this sport is so pure and perfect. His stories and thoughts remind me why I love fly-fishing so much.”
- John Barrett, host, Fly Fishing the World
Henry Winkler and I share a love of the outdoors and fishing. This is a great book that captures the impact the sport can have on our lives. All outdoorsmen should read it and experience Winkler's passion for the fishing experience.”
- T. Boone Pickens, legendary energy executive
Winkler’s message is positive and upbeat, making the book as much a motivational title as a fishing memoir. The important lesson he learned from his achievements is that with patience, persistence, and practice you can accomplish anything. Well done, Henry. This breezy, charming volume is for fans of celebrity memoirs and self-help.”
Mike Rogers, Library Journal
Winkler’s warmhearted spirit anchors the simple collection of Montana and Idaho river photos, reminiscences, and asides, resulting in a fantastic Father’s Day gift for any patriarch who owns a pair of knee-high rubber boots.”
Richard Horgan, MediaBistro
There is something for everybody in this book . . . The book is a touching story about overcoming personal problems to reach one’s goals.”
Kevin Brown, The San Francisco Book Review
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Winkler began to emerge from the all-encompassing shadow of that character, I began to get glimpses of what a fine actor and person Winkler really was and is. Thoughtful, kind and generous doesn't always impress; certainly mainstream media was not paying attention but I was. I've read his childrens books to my own kids. This guy is deep.
Now comes "I've Never Met an Idiot on the River..." and on a lark I purchased it. When it arrived, a slim book with some wonderful personal photos, I set it aside, putting it in the stack of "books I must read before the end of the world". A couple of weeks later the world seemed on the verge and I figured I'd better start this book soon.
I picked it up and thumbed through it, glancing at the photos and reading the captions and began to warm up to it. Winkler's expression on the cover photo probably had something to do with it, especially since we share a love for fishing.
Winkler reeled me in (sorry) with his honesty, allowing me a peek into his life, his family and his inner demons. His writing style is conversational, which I prefer at times, and straight-forward. Winkler brought me along on his vacations. I sit in the back seat with the kids, the dog and with fishing rods poking me in the back of the head. Still it's a wonderful vacation and I find myself fighting with him over unclaimed waters, casting over his line and stealing his fish...whoa, I'm off on a tangent here.
This book is not "War and Peace" nor it is deeply incisive study of the human condition. It is not "The Fonz does Fishing" (although that would have been a funnier title, I guess) so don't think for one moment Richie and Ralph will pop up out of the riverside brush. It is, however, an all too short but very entertaining read and I think you will be pleasantly surprised at Mr. Winkler's insights.
I enjoyed it and I think most folks would enjoy it.
In it the former Happy Days star talks about his life, its challenges, and his joy in living it and overcoming the challenges.
For Winkler, fishing is a source of joy, but also instruction in how life ought best to be lived, and a metaphor as to the meaning of what really is important.
What does it teach?
Confidence, intuition, patience, perseverance, focus - all qualities that were needed for the author to rise above the negative scripting of perfectionistic, almost abusive parents (their nickname for him was Dumb Dog).
It's an exploration of reaching one's potential. Winkler comes across as a man who knows himself, is grounded in this knowledge, and is living life to the fullest.
I particularly enjoyed the photography (nature photography is another of Winkler's passions) and the way in which they complement the text.
Reading this is an uplifting experience.
I have never been fly fishing, but still I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although the book deals mostly with his fishing trips, it is more about life and appreciating it than it is a "how to" guide. He also uses his own photographs of the beauty around him to illustrate the book. All of the photographs are great, but some of them are just absolutely breath-taking. I did not know that Henry Winkler was such a wonderful photographer, but add that to his other list of amazing talents.
Overall, the book was fun and easy to read, but it was definitely a great read. The last chapter was especially inspirational to me, personally. Henry Winkler is an amazing person, and this book shows that. I'm glad I bought this book.
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