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Into the Twilight, Endlessly Grousing

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  362 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Patrick McManus offers wry observations about small-town life and curmudgeonly insists on bigger and bigger fish stories in this hilarious collection from one of the greatest contemporary humorists.

Patrick McManus believes that life's eternal truths exist solely for the purpose of being overturned and proved incorrect. In McManus's world, nothing is what it should be. All
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 4th 1998 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1997)
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Johannes Kristian
This was the first Patrick F. McManus book I read. I loved it! I read all the ones we have and then asked Mom to put on hold some more.
Feb 12, 2011 Matthew rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
This volume of short stories contains what is most likely my favorite Patrick McManus story of all, the story that shares its name with the book. All in all, this volume of McManus stories is right on par with his many others. It's a bit light on Crazy Eddie Muldoon and Rancid Crabtree stories, my favorite brand of McManus stories, but it is still chock full of the outlandish outdoor adventures that McManus is known for. I think the one difference between this and stories he's done before is the ...more
Dan Weiss
Always good, like revisiting a crazy uncle. I've seen many people complain that "If you've read one McManus, you've read them all." It is true that these can be a bit redundant if you read two back-to-back, but the familiarity of the characters, predicaments and scenery is what makes Ol' Pat comfort food for the nostalgic brain. Going back to Pat's world is like going back to a favorite camping area, even though I've never been to Idaho. I don't think I would fare well in terms of sanity if I di ...more
A Nelson
Mar 12, 2014 A Nelson marked it as to-read
a Funny boy book
Rancid Crabtree became a literary hero. These short stories by Patrick F. McManus were imaginative and informative. I am not so sure that they are all that much of fiction, especially when I get the feeling of "been there, done that".

Anyone who has ever held a fishing pole will like these stories. Anyone who hasn't will want to pick one up. After all, not much difference between fishing and hanging out by the water.
An excellent read! Although, like Dave Barry, I could see not wanting to read more than a bit at a time of the good Mr. McManus' works, in small chunks his writing is quite a delight. Which of course makes sense, given that these are columns collected from his writings in Outdoor Life and Field and Stream.

Highly Recommended!
Robb Menlove
In my opinion, the best in a long line of great outdoor humor from Pat McManus. This one had more of a reflective feel perhaps as he enters, "Into the Twlight" of life, while still "Endlessly Grousing." It made me think of my Dad.
I really like McManus. His outdoor adventures with Retch Sweeney, Rancid Crabtree, Crazy eddie Muldoon and his other friends always keep me in stitches. While these stories are good, his previous collections are much better.
Terri Pray
Library challenge book - so so mix of short stories. Voice was okay for some of them, some just annoyed me and I half skipped through the ones that annoyed me.

Jonathan Green
Into the Twilight, Endlessly Grousing is a very funny book. Patrick tells us about his childhood and other fun stories about his life.
Karolinde (Kari)
My favorite story is "The Attack of the Stamp People." The best commentary and mailing companies ever.
"Most of our adventures resulted from our level of boredom rising above our level of fear."
If you have read 1 Patrick McManus book you have read them all. Read one and you will be good.
Anything by McManus is funny beyond reason and highly recommened.
Funny short stories about adventures in the out doors.
Witty, funny, redneck reading. Good bathroom book. :)
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Patrick F. McManus is an American outdoor humor writer. A humor columnist for Outdoor Life and other magazines, his columns have been collected in several books.

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