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Widely hailed as one of the best fishing books ever to be published, The Longest Silence is a book that has firmly established a place for itself amongst the classics of the genre.
Thomas McGuane is the author of short fiction, screenplays, essays and several highly acclaimed novels, including The Sporting Club, The Bushwacked Piano and Ninety-two in the Shade, which was nominated for the National Book Award. He was born in Michigan and now lives with his family in McLeod, Montana.
Novelist McGuane (Nothing but Blue Skies, etc.) celebrates everything about angling in this collection of 33 essays, which is certain to entertain fellow enthusiasts and fans of his writing. Any notion that fishing is humdrum is dispelled when McGuane describes eloquently his lifelong love affair with the sport, from the joys of tying flies and testing different rods, to sharing ghost stories and observational gems with fellow anglers, to absorbing quietly life's mysteries. He puts into historical and literary context the classic fishing writings of Izaak Walton and Roderick Haig-Brown. Throughout, McGuane's awe at nature's splendor shines in his prose. Releasing a trout after catching it becomes a moment of reverence: "Suddenly the fish was there, its spotted back breaking the surface, then up showering streamers of silver from the mesh of the net.... I stood in the river for a long while, holding him into the current and feeling the increasing strength in a kicking tail I could barely encompass with my grip. To the north, the Aurora Austral raised a curtain of fire in the cold sky. My trout kicked free and continued his journey to the Andes." Such moments emphasize McGuane's call for preserving the world's rivers from overdevelopment. Whether he's fishing for trout in a beaver pond in Michigan, salmon in Iceland or tarpon in Key West, McGuane casts not only his fishing line, but also his magic at turning a precise phrase and evoking a delightful image. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Novelist McGuane (Nothing but Blue Skies, The Bushwacked Piano) is also a preeminent angling author. The title essay in this outstanding collection is named for those unproductive times when no fish seem interested in a cleverly disguised hook. Those contemplative periods of waiting are a meaningful part of fly-fishing because catching fish easy and often would be appallingly boring. These 33 diverse essays span the challenges of fishing for trout to tarpon in locales ranging from the Montana river in his backyard to New Zealand. Two are tributes to legendary anglers Isaak Walton and Roderick Haig-Brown. Colorful characters abound. Many of the pieces take jabs at humanity at large, most are profound and/or humorous, and all are capable of capturing the reader's imagination with gifted prose. Highly recommended for public libraries.ÄWill Hepfer, SUNY at Buffalo Libs. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
"We'd all rather be fishing than doing anything else. But if you can't do it, then reading about it is the next best thing. The Longest Silence is one of the best fishing trips I've had this year" -- Jeremy Paxman * Daily Telegraph * "Few are the works of literature which can successfully capture the essence of a sport. With this soulful and reflective work, much-lauded American novelist, Thomas McGuane has surely created a modern classic" * Scotland on Sunday * "It's a meaty book and an uplifting one, dazzlingly well-written. Just as I'd be a proud angler if I could catch specimens half as big as his 25lb sea trout from the Rio Grande, so I'd be a proud man if I could write a book half as good as this" * Financial Times * "Writing to die for" * Dailiy Mail *