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 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.

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

About 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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Fly Caster Who Tried to Make Peace with the World 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
justicefortibet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a fascinating mix of subjects, perhaps too many. It moves from fly fishing to World War l & ll, Einstein's and Newtons' theories, Shakespeare and Keats. Sometimes I wished for a little less variety, which is a first for me. The fly fishing information is all good advice though it tends to be presented in a much more dry phrasing. Descriptions of streams and nature are picture perfect. I'm giving it to my fly fishing husband next to see what he thinks.
wakela on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was considerably longer then the first one that I read by this author. Again I had received a coupon code in exchange for a review. Once again, the author really delivered on creating characters that were believable. At times the story felt a little slow moving and choppy. However it really was a great tale. I loved the fact that young Ian had met up with Izzy after the fishing tournament. One thing I came away with was the fact that sometimes life¿s lessons come from people and places that you would never expect.Another thing I would like to comment on is the fact that the father character was extremely narrowed minded towards the beginning. But then again, many people were like that back in those times.
nirrad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book. The characters were very believable, and I enjoyed reading about the time period it took place in. I'm going to have to work on my fly casting techniques now. I look forward to reading his next book.