Since its publication by Sierra Club Books nearly two decades ago, The River Why has become a classic, standing with Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It as the most-read fiction about fly-fishing of our era. Duncan's protagonist, Gus Orviston, is an irreverent young flyfisherman--a vibrant character who makes us laugh easily and feel deeply, and who speaks with startling truth about the way we live. Leaving behind a madcap, fishing-obsessed family, Gus embarks on an extraordinary voyage of self-discovery along his beloved Oregon rivers. What he unexpectedly finds is man's wanton destruction of nature and a burning desire to commit himself to its preservation. The River Why is a tale that gives a contemporary voice to the concerns and hopes of all living things on this beautiful, watery planet. It is the story of one man's search for meaning, for love, and for a sane way to live.
Duncan, David James
The river why
San Francisco :, Sierra Club Books ;, [Berkeley] :, Distributed by University of California Press,, 2002.
20th anniversary ed.
310 p. ;,22 cm.
"With a new afterword by the author"--Jacket.
Undoing of a scientific angler
Characters in nature
Line of light
At the end of the line
Acknowledgments and dedications
Heart work: Afterword, twenty years later.
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