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The River Why
The River Why
Author: David James Duncan
Since its publication by Sierra Club Books nearly two decades ago, The River Why has become a classic, standing with Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It as the most-read fiction about fly-fishing of our era. Duncan's protagonist, Gus Orviston, is an irreverent young flyfisherman--a vibrant character who makes us laugh easily and feel deeply...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780553344868
ISBN-10: 0553344862
Publication Date: 12/1/1984
Pages: 304
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 31 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 2
I thought this book was pure pleasure...edge to edge. It was a bit slow in the middle but over all a really delightful read. I didn't really consider it a fishing story, but rather a story about a family that was enthralled with fishing. Great variety of characters. Really good human feel to it.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book was recently selected by Jackson County, Oregon for its "one book, on community" reading project. Very entertaining. Originally published by arrangement with the Sierra Club.
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Helpful Score: 1
An entertaining read especially if you are a fly fishing fan. One of my favorites!
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Charmingly written, witty and kind hearted. I read it during a very troubled, sad time and it was the perfect antidote! Some out loud laughs and some very recognizable human foibles set in a whale of a fishing story. (I couldn't help myself)
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A great book of literature from the Northwest.


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