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The Fly Caster Who Tried to Make Peace with the World
     

The Fly Caster Who Tried to Make Peace with the World

by Randy Kadish
 

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Making peace with the world, sooner or later most of us have to. But how?

For Ian Mac Bride, his way begins almost accidentally when, in 1909, he watches a fly-casting tournament in New York's Central Park, and begins to dream of becoming a great fly caster.

But soon Ian experiences personal tragedy, and then is appalled by the

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Making peace with the world, sooner or later most of us have to. But how?

For Ian Mac Bride, his way begins almost accidentally when, in 1909, he watches a fly-casting tournament in New York's Central Park, and begins to dream of becoming a great fly caster.

But soon Ian experiences personal tragedy, and then is appalled by the unexpected slaughter of World War I.

He retreats into the world of fly fishing and fly casting, and meets unforgettable anglers like: Doc, a Civil War veteran, who tells how, after he enlisted in return for drinking money, he was unexpectedly changed by the horror of war; Izzy, a mysterious immigrant, who, in his way, teaches Ian perhaps the most important lesson of long-distance fly casting; and George M. L. La Branche who, though torn by self-doubt, writes the book that revolutionizes fly fishing.

And so, these anglers help change Ian's hopes and values. Though his father questions his courage, Ian decides to become a teacher instead of a lawyer, and moves near the beautiful Beaverkill River, the birthplace of fly fishing in America.

But tragedy still follows him.

Torn by grief, he curses the world and loses faith in it - until, almost by accident, he finds a way to come to terms.

How? The answer will surprise you.

Editorial Reviews

Jim Witty
"An unforgettable cast of characters."
Lee Murdock
"... once inside the book what I found was an engaging tale of a young man coming of age in an era marred by the cruelty of World War I. All the while dealing with his own personal choices, tragedies and successes. ... The story is well told and has just the right mix of fly fishing prose and philosophy to make the point without one getting in the way of the other. A hidden gem in the book is found in the appendix in the form of a primer on long distance casting."
Bill Anderson
"This book is more fiction and philosophical than ‘How-To’ manual. You will find out how time on the river can impact your thinking or help you cope with the stuff that life throws at you. That being said, the author does include some terms and instructions in the last few pages that are helpful. ... Great book Mr. Kadish!”
John Pitarresi
"The novel is well-written, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and highly recommend it whether you're a fly fisher or not."
Bill AuCoin
"A compelling novel that describes one fly caster's search for personal peace."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012577481
Publisher:
Saw Mill River Press
Publication date:
05/29/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
189 KB

Meet the Author

I'm a native New Yorker. After a good deal of disappointment, I gave up writing. Then my mother passed away, and I found that fishing helped ease my grief. Almost accidently, I wrote and sold a fishing article. Afterwards, my articles and memoirs appeared in many publications, including The Flyfisher, Flyfishing & Tying Journal and Yale Anglers' Journal.

To me, much of my writing is about coming to terms with loss, and with a world I can't always understand. In a sense, my writing is autobiographical, as it reflects my own gratifying, but at times, difficult journey of emotional and spiritual recovery.

On the long road of my journey, I slowly learned that, even when I don't have answers, I must strive to find forgiveness and self-worth and to connect to the good and the beautiful in the world.

(This is how I define spirituality.)

I therefore love books where the main characters struggle against inner and outer conflicts and then try to do good.

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