Another Lousy Day in Paradise

Another Lousy Day in Paradise

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by John Gierach, Glenn Wolff
     
 

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The highly acclaimed author of Dances with Trout, Even Brook Trout Get the Blues, and Sex, Death, and Fly-Fishing presents more whimsical musings on the fishing life. Another Lousy Day in Paradise offers Gierach's writing at its vintage best--as "human and witty and memorable and perceptive as any prose of its kind" (Nick Lyons). Line drawings.  See more details below

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The highly acclaimed author of Dances with Trout, Even Brook Trout Get the Blues, and Sex, Death, and Fly-Fishing presents more whimsical musings on the fishing life. Another Lousy Day in Paradise offers Gierach's writing at its vintage best--as "human and witty and memorable and perceptive as any prose of its kind" (Nick Lyons). Line drawings.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An affinity between fly-fishing and good writing is evident in these engaging essays. Gierach (Dances with Trout) quips that patience is required for both. He writes about fishing for brook trout in Labrador, Atlantic salmon in Scotland and New Brunswick, grayling in the Northwest Territories. He enters a fly-fishing carp tournament and defends the carp as a sport fish. Gierach gives advice on how to choose a fishing lodge and discusses winter fishing, deer hunting and the rising popularity of fly-fishing. He advocates a clean, healthy, diverse environment in which to go fishing. Upbeat and entertaining. Illustrations not seen by PW. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
The usually reliable Gierach treads tepid waters in this latest collection of fly-fishing pieces.

A Colorado outdoorsman, Gierach (Dances with Trout, 1994) has always included an element of humor in his work, but here he seems more intent on working in wry, curmudgeonly one-liners than he does on telling a good fishing story. A lot of it is strained and obvious: "I guess I have to admit I'm not all that fond of people in general—if nothing else, there are too damned many of them." He's amused by trendy environmentalist nomenclature: antihumanist anarchist primitivist. But he too has a political position: "We should have a clean, healthy, diverse natural environment so I can go fishing." The humor works occasionally, as when he's fishing so close to a house, he can overhear an obscenity-laden domestic dispute. Gierach does hit the mark when he plays it straight. He discusses the merits of guides from the old school, who found a place to fish and left you alone, and the new breed who've learned to be "teacher, coach, chauffeur, valet, tour director and therapist." He offers practical advice on shipping and traveling with expensive, fragile rods, and he does a good piece on fly- fishing Colorado's Blue River in the dead of winter. The most delectable piece describes a repast of "casual confusion" that included sockeye salmon, venison sausage, lightly smoked rainbow trout, and wild mushrooms and raspberries.

Some fine moments, as always; but Gierach should allow humor to arise of its own accord rather forcing it to the surface.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684824246
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
04/02/1996
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.83(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.99(d)

Meet the Author

John Gierach is the author of several previous books, including At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman, Standing in a River Waving a Stick, and Dances with Trout. His work has appeared in Gray's Sporting Journal, Field & Stream, where he is a contributing writer, and Fly Rod & Reel, where he is a columnist. He also writes a column for the monthly Redstone Review. He lives in Lyons, Colorado.

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