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What can you say? This book is loved by so many readers for a reason. It does what all great fiction does: it gets in your bones and rattles the cage a bit. It also displays some of the most beautiful writing I've encountered about the art of fly fishing, giving even A River Runs through It a run for its money (though The River Why is much funnier).
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Publisher Comments:

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.

Synopsis:

Since its publication by Sierra Club Books more than two decades ago, The River Why has become a classic, standing with Norman Macleans A River Runs Through It as our eras most widely read fiction about fly-fishing. This captivating and exuberant tale is told by Gus Orviston, an irreverent young fly fisherman and one of the most appealing heroes in contemporary American fiction.

Leaving behind a madcap, fishing-obsessed family, Gus decides to strike out on his own, taking refuge in a remote riverbank cabin to pursue his own fly-fishing passion with unrelenting zeal. But instead of finding fishing bliss, Gus becomes increasingly troubled by the degradation of the natural world around him and by the spiritual barrenness of his own life. His desolation drives him on a reluctant quest for self-discovery and meaning — ultimately fruitful beyond his wildest dreams.

Stylistically adept and ambitious in scope, The River Why is a touching and powerful novel by an important voice in American fiction.

In a new Afterword written for this twentieth-anniversary edition, David James Duncan reflects on the genesis of his book and on the surprising link between fishing and wisdom.

Synopsis:

Duncan's classic fly-fishing novel tells the story of young Gus Orviston, his quest for the elusive Pacific steelhead salmon, and for the even more elusive quality of self knowledge.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780871563217
Author:
Duncan, David James
Publisher:
Sierra Club Books
Location:
San Francisco :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fishing
Subject:
Fly fishing
Subject:
Fishing stories
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
20
Edition Description:
Anniversary
Series Volume:
no. 81-9
Publication Date:
19830131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 19 oz

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Product details 312 pages Sierra Club Books - English 9780871563217 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

What can you say? This book is loved by so many readers for a reason. It does what all great fiction does: it gets in your bones and rattles the cage a bit. It also displays some of the most beautiful writing I've encountered about the art of fly fishing, giving even A River Runs through It a run for its money (though The River Why is much funnier).

"Synopsis" by ,
Since its publication by Sierra Club Books more than two decades ago, The River Why has become a classic, standing with Norman Macleans A River Runs Through It as our eras most widely read fiction about fly-fishing. This captivating and exuberant tale is told by Gus Orviston, an irreverent young fly fisherman and one of the most appealing heroes in contemporary American fiction.

Leaving behind a madcap, fishing-obsessed family, Gus decides to strike out on his own, taking refuge in a remote riverbank cabin to pursue his own fly-fishing passion with unrelenting zeal. But instead of finding fishing bliss, Gus becomes increasingly troubled by the degradation of the natural world around him and by the spiritual barrenness of his own life. His desolation drives him on a reluctant quest for self-discovery and meaning — ultimately fruitful beyond his wildest dreams.

Stylistically adept and ambitious in scope, The River Why is a touching and powerful novel by an important voice in American fiction.

In a new Afterword written for this twentieth-anniversary edition, David James Duncan reflects on the genesis of his book and on the surprising link between fishing and wisdom.

"Synopsis" by , Duncan's classic fly-fishing novel tells the story of young Gus Orviston, his quest for the elusive Pacific steelhead salmon, and for the even more elusive quality of self knowledge.
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