“Middleton was one of the very best writers who’ve chosen fishing as a subject. There’s a kind of anarchic energy to his language. In style and inclination, I suppose, he had something of Edward Abbey about him. He seemed ill-at-ease in the world, comfortable only beside water. This book is the story of a young boy, Harry, who is shipped off to live with his uncle and grandfather in the Ozarks, after an accident in which his friend is killed. The two old men teach the boy to fish, and together with their Native American neighbour they teach him to distrust modern life, to love nature, and to love trout above all. It’s a making-of-the-man story, and it’s weird and funny and moving and gorgeous at once. I’ve never read anything quite like it.” Read more...
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