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An Outside Chance: Essays on Sport
A vivid and personal account of a lifetime of sporting adventure. Thomas McGuane takes readers from the Florida Keys to the plains of Montana and to the streams of Michigan, introducing his family, bird dog, rodeo friends, and his own sporting ethic. First published in 1980, this enlarged edition includes five new essays.
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While at times one can get lost in the jargon of some of McGuane's more eclectic writing topics (the differences in the styles and training of cutting horses and the ins and outs of ranching being some of the most impenetrable sections for this particular angler-reader), the passages in which his writing reaches into the core motivations for man's connection with sport are some of the finest one will ever come across in this genre. In short, this river of words yields some true keepers.
Jul 30, 2012 Matt rated it it was ok
Book was well-written, but the material was not my cup of tea. A ton of stories about fishing that I found little interest in. There were a few parts that kept my interest, but overall was not a book I enjoyed.