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The River Why by David James Duncan
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Aug 29, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: american, src-fall-2011

DJD can make any esoteric subject profound and engaging: here, he has taken fishing, one of his passions, and woven a beautiful story about a young fisherman who, torn between his father's belief in the superiority of fly-fishing and his mother's practical inclination towards bait-fishing, moves out and lives alone along the river.

Musings on God, spirituality and love eventually follow, and Gus Orviston grows into his own in his little cabin.

The only reason why I didn't give this five stars is that I do see some of DJD's essay-speak seeping into the novel (and now begin to understand why he has not written much fiction). He has certain opinions that may need to be reined in when it comes to writing a story (and I think he acknowledges this somewhere in his foreword).

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Reading Progress

August 29, 2011 – Shelved
October 27, 2011 – Started Reading
October 28, 2011 –
page 75
24.19% "I seriously love David James Duncan's writing. Why hasn't he written more books?"
October 30, 2011 – Finished Reading

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