294th out of 368 books — 127 voters
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.
Paperback, 243 pages
Published July 29th 1982 by Penguin Books
(first published January 1st 1980)
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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.
Apr 16, 2013 Matt rated it 2 of 5 stars
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.