Batfishing in the Rainforest: Strange Tales of Travel & Fishing

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Readers familiar with Randy Wayne White's "Out There" column in Outside magazine will relish this first collection of his best work; those new to White's delectable blend of adventure, hilarity, and spirit can only be envied for the satisfaction of that first encounter.

Whether it's "This Dog Is Legend," in which he tells of his cinder-block-retrieving Chesapeake Bay retriever named Gator, or "coming to America," about the stirring -- and sometimes terrifying -- Mariel boat ...

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Overview

Readers familiar with Randy Wayne White's "Out There" column in Outside magazine will relish this first collection of his best work; those new to White's delectable blend of adventure, hilarity, and spirit can only be envied for the satisfaction of that first encounter.

Whether it's "This Dog Is Legend," in which he tells of his cinder-block-retrieving Chesapeake Bay retriever named Gator, or "coming to America," about the stirring -- and sometimes terrifying -- Mariel boat life, White never fails to engross us in a life of sun, boats, work, and sport.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The '60s new journalism is now producing a second generation of ``gonzo'' travel writers, postmodern reporters and skewed naturalists: White is all three in this collection of 23 short pieces, some of which have appeared in Playboy , Southern Living et al. Reports of adventures in Central America, Asia and Floria are frothy with peculiar insights on politics, flora and fauna and local character. This travel writing freestyle event offers an antidote to prepackaged armchair adventures and New Age ``sacred tours.'' Even in the company of the Navy SEALS or the Seward Alaska Polar Bear Jump crew, White's viewpoint oscillates between quirky subjectivity and transcendence. No tourist board should let him into its country, but fans of P. J. O'Rourke and David Quaamen will find a kindred spirit. Nov.
Library Journal
White, a Florida fishing guide turned writer, takes us from Singapore to Alaska in 24 essays, some of which have appeared in Playboy , Outside Magazine , and Southern Living . Although a fishing pole is usually within reach, many of White's excursions could be more accurately described as those of a naturalist-observer. An adventurous and somewhat macho sort of a fellow who does not foreswear occasional crudity, White nonetheless has a nice comic sense when the spirit moves him. His book is better described as general outdoor literature than fishing literature, and is not indispensable to either area. However, White should find an audience in Florida libraries, since much of the U.S. action is set there.-- David Panciera, Westerly P.L., R.I.
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
Not just an amusing collection of prose, but also a useful travel guide. -- Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times Book Review
New York Times Book Review
"Batfishing In The Rainforest is not just an amusing collection of prose, but also a useful travel guide. Provided of course that you don't mind risking your life ever so often."
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"Travel writing at its very best." —Jon Krakauer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805022292
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/6/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256

Meet the Author

Randy Wayne White

Randy Wayne White, a former fly-fishing guide whose "Out There" column ran for many years in Outside magazine, currently writes a monthly column for Men's Health magazine. Among the many books he's written are The Sharks of Lake Nicaragua, Batfishing in the Rainforest, Last Flight Out, and the "Doc Ford" mystery series. His novel Sanibel Flats was chosen as one of the 100 Best Mysteries of the 20th Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. White is the winner of the Conch Republic Prize for Literature and the John D. MacDonald Award for Excellence in Florida Fiction. He also served on the Florida Judicial Nominating Commission for four years, and currently serves on the Florida Bar Association Grievance Committee. He lives on Pine Island, on Florida's southwest coast.

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