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Hunting Muskie: Rites of Passage based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Well written book of sixteen short stories that will have you enjoying this read in one sitting if you're like me. This book takes you to another place which is one of my favorite things an author can do. Would have to recommend this book, especially to those that love these types of reads!
This book is an excellent collection of sixteen short stories, which, except for one, are set in contemporary Ontario Canada, but they are so true to life and human nature that they could have occurred anywhere. Also, as the author, Michael Dyet, aptly put it in the book’s description, the set “reflects that deep urge to return to where we feel at peace.” The title story, Hunting Muskie, exposes man’s endless quest to subdue conflicts, with enchanting passages, such as the following: “Tom saw his father’s life, and his own, in a new light. Muskie were the stuff of legend—the fish of ten thousand casts. You could go your whole life without hooking one. But when you did, and the hook was set deep, a muskie would always claim the dignity of fighting to the end.” The story’s theme will remind readers of other great novel’s like The Old Man and the Sea, and Moby Dick. Then there is a gut-wrenching story of a family battling a hurricane, and others where acts of bullying, mistakes, or temptation occurring years ago, revisit to haunt the victims in their later lives. These stories of family survival appear disjointed at first but are skillfully blended together in a longer piece, Slipstream. Using the stream of consciousness writing technique, Michael Dyet has the protagonist, Norah, talk to her mother she hasn’t seen for about thirty years, thereby moving the plot along, artfully. The introduction of Canadian native characters and culture, such as Norah building an Inuksuk in her home’s garden, adds to the allure of the stories. It would seem Michael Dyet is an expert storyteller particularly about the lives of dysfunctional families and has a lot to offer in terms of thoughts to those facing, or knowing others in similar predicaments. Although, the Author’s Biography states that Michael is a “closet philosopher,” the outdoor settings of most of the stories with detailed information on flora and fauna, and hunting and fishing betray his love of nature and conservation. We should not be surprised if we might see Michael walking along a path on a wood with binoculars slung around his neck watching for the North American migratory birds. The length of the stories would make an enjoyable read for short durations, say during a train or a subway commute. Highly recommended. An advance reading copy was received from the author for an honest review.