|Statement||David James Duncan.|
|LC Classifications||PS3554.U4634 R5 2002|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||310 p. ;|
|Number of Pages||310|
|ISBN 10||0871563215, 1578050847|
|LC Control Number||2002727979|
The classic novel of fly fishing and spirituality republished with a new Afterword by the author. Since its publication in , The River Why has become a classic. David James Duncan's sweeping novel is a coming-of-age comedy about love, nature, and the quest for self-discovery, written in a voice as distinct and powerful as any in American : Little, Brown and Company. Since its publication by Sierra Club Books more than two decades ago, The River Why has become a classic, standing with Norman Maclean’s A River Runs Through It as our era’s most widely read fiction about fly-fishing. This captivating and exuberant tale is told by Gus Orviston, an irreverent young fly fisherman and one of the most appealing heroes in contemporary American fiction/5(). The River Why isn't a perfect book. Duncan's politics seeped in a little too much in a few instances, which would have been fine except Gus lives in an isolated world with problems to worry about other than the government and it just seems out of place when the Vietnam draft and war come up. The conclusion of the book is also disappointing Cited by: 8. The River Why A Novel (Book): Duncan, David James: Since its publication in , THE RIVER WHY has become a classic. David James Duncan's sweeping novel is a coming-of-age comedy about love, nature, and the quest for self-discovery, written in a voice as distinct and powerful as any in American letters. Gus Orviston is a young fly fisherman who leaves behind his comically schizoid family to.
Adapted by Myra Platt, from the novel of the same title by the well-regarded Oregon writer and conservationist David James Duncan, "The River Why" at Seattle's Book . Gus discourses on the irritating passages in the Good Book (i.e., Walton's Compleat Angler), on the fascinating fish counts in the Bible. And, taking off to the wilds, to his hermitage on the coast by the Tamanawis River, Gus aims for 4, fishing hours per year! The novel The River Why melds the genres of bildungsroman and philosophical treatise to create a spiritually rich and emotionally complex story about finding meaning in life. Written by American novelist and essayist David James Duncan, the book borrows from the tradition of first-person explorations of values and ideals like Thoreau’s Walden. The River Why by David James Duncan is ultimately a coming-to-life story about a child fishing prodigy and his search for happiness and fulfillment. A child of two proficient fishing parents, Augustine "Gus" Orviston is a fishing prodigy, catching his first large fish at the age of four and his first steelhead on a .
Just in time for Book-It Repertory Theatre’s 20th anniversary season, the company has adapted David James Duncan’s “The River Why” for the stage. The River Why - Book Three, Characters in Nature: The River Writes, Neighbors and The Warble of the Water Owl Summary & Analysis David James Duncan This Study Guide consists of approximately 37 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The River Why. 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 's protagonist, Gus Orviston, is an irreverent young flyfisherman--a vibrant character who makes us laugh easily and feel deeply, and who speaks with startling truth about the. The River Why Study Guide contains a comprehensive summary and analysis of The River Why by David James Duncan. It includes a detailed Plot Summary, Chapter Summaries & Analysis, Character Descriptions, Objects/Places, Themes, Styles, Quotes, and Topics for Discussion.4/5.