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The River Why, Twentieth-Anniversary Edition Paperback – August 5, 2002
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David James Duncan's first novel has gained an increasingly wide audience over the years--some might even call it a following. This coming-of-age tale of Gus Orviston's search for the Pacific Northwest's elusive steelhead, a metaphor for Gus's internal quest for self-knowledge, appeals to all who cherish a good yarn and memorable characters. Uncle Zeke's colorful rendition of Gus's conception on the banks of the Deschutes River is itself worth the price of purchase. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Praise for The River Why:
"A whirlwind, madcap, humorous and sensitive novel"―New York Times
"A hymn to the waters of the earth and the wholeness of life. It is also funny."―Miami Herald
"A veritable epic of flyfishing... done in a high-velocity, exuberant style, sprawling in scale, heedless of form... The feeling for and evocation of the imperiled natural world is rhapsodic in its intensity; the writing energetic, literary in a distinctly American way... So amiable is the prevailing tone that the flowing narrative is able to absorb Koranic and Eastern mysticisms, Tao, Sufism, Zen-the religions of oneness and gospel of love-without turning into the kind of maudlin choral chanting that so often disfigures treatments of fusion of self and the world."―Publishers Weekly
This is a modern-repeat, modern -tale of maturity and redemption.―Christian Science Monitor --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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To be brief: It's a fun read. Light-hearted, peppered with moments of philosophical tangents, soul searching, and romance. The book develops the main character well, and does a decent job in developing the supporting characters. The fishing jargon can seem endless at moments, but if you can get past it (or skip it altogether), it's worth one read through.