McManus ( The Grasshopper Trap ) has been making outdoorsmen laugh for some time now, but his new collection of writing passes a sterner test. Here he can amuse someone who's never even baited a hook. McManus's stories generally involve either the comic misadventures of life in the wild ("A Road Less Travelled By"; "Gunkholing"; "Water Spirits") or first-person coming-of-age stories set in rural America ("The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw"; "Scritch's Creek"). His comic voice, resonating with a surprising depth of wit, is expressed in a pleasant, quirky prose style--but shows a tendency to get cute. Characters cry "Owww!" and "Arrrhhhh" and "Arp!" incessantly and excessively, and the author indulges a fondness for italic type: "I . . . gasp . . . forgot my billfold. It's . . . pant . . . in my tackle box. Get it for me . . . choke . . . will you?" This talented writer doesn't need to poke readers in the ribs to let them in on the joke.
Patrick McManus is the king of outdoor humor. His tales with crazy Eddie Muldoon and Retch Sweeney May not be sophisticated enough for you high-brow types but for us good ol' country boys they are always good for a laugh.
If you have not yet roared with laughter at Patrick McManus' out-doors episodes here is your chance. Well known for his column in the Outdoor Life magazine, in this volume McManus considers The Dumbest Antelope; Kid Brothers and Their Practical Application; Fried Flies with Garlic; Gunkholing; Boating Disorders; and, of course, The Night The Bear Ate Goombaw - but be sure you are sitting in a chair hard to fall out of when you read this one.
I loved this book. I actually found the title and author written on a piece of paper I found in another book and decided to check it out here. It sounded interesting so I figured why not. A collection of short stories so doesn't have to be read all at once. I laughed out loud at the title story. I had visuals. I passed it along to my father who was familiar with the author. And he passed it along to his friends. I have no clue where the book is now but I'm sure it is still being enjoyed. Loved it!
This book is hilarious. Patrick McManus is a master story teller. I burst out laughing when I read Goombaw's bear story. This book is a must read for all hunters, fishermen, boaters and anyone who's got a vivid imagination combined with a huge funny bone.