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The River Why by David James Duncan
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Aug 06, 15

bookshelves: fiction, bookclub, philosophy-religion

Man, oh man. This is the completely eccentric, rambling, verging on nonsensical coming of age story of a born-fisherman in the Pacific Northwest. If you share my love for any of the following things, I can confidently recommend this to you: harebrained relatives, the great outdoors, philosophy, kooky religion, kids, hippies, love and lust, fishing, odysseys, self discovery, drinking stories and laughing out loud. Just thinking about Duncan and the characters he brings to life makes me so happy. As a note of comparison, I will say that I loved the Brothers K even more (hence the comparative stars) but really, Duncan could transcribe the phone book and I'd read it.

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