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FLY FISHER'S GUIDE TO CRIMES OF PASSION: MORE SEDITION FROM THE MASTER OF MEANDER
Author: Seth Norman
Publisher: GLOBE PEQUOT ( THE LYONS PRESS, FALCON), Oct 2000
These 17 stories are set in the Myriad Isles and Malaysia, on high Sierra streams, urban streets, jungle rivers, gold course ponds, & more. Each provides a perspective for those who are passionate observers of the world. Seth Norman is the Don Quixote of fly fishing, & his unforgettable meanderings are filled with pathos, laughter, dreams, & wisdom, making you cry, laugh, & think. Among the very best essays & tales being written today about fly fishing. 6x9 inches, 240 pgs.
The stories in this maverick collection are set in the Myriad Isles and Malaysia, on high Sierra streams, urban streets, jungle rivers, golf course ponds, and a koi pool in Golden State Park. What fly fishing provides at each site is perspective for those who are passionate observers of the world and tireless explorers of the human spirit. Tilting at endless processions of windmills, Seth Norman's unforgettable meanderings are filled with pathos, laughter, dreams, and wisdom.
This volume contains stories ranging from how to catch ikan klee, a savage fish of mythic proportions, to a tale about a man uncomfortably adrift on a lake he knows well, watching the brother he understands not at all. One story suggests that Icarus was a human example of a poorly tied fly, while another looks at the most graceful piece of tackle "a broken fly rod" to illustrate shame and redemption; still another recounts the epiphany of a girl who is raised and raped by a motorcycle gang, yet remains unbroken. The Humpy King Meets the Halibut God describes an expedition to a never-fished area of Alaska, where the author confronts fly fishers snobbery about fish species, and includes the legend of a fish that might better be hunted with dogs than fished for with a fly rod.
Seth Norman writes with toughness and compassion, warmth and humor, and a generosity of spirit rarely seen in the literature of angling. --Ted Leeson
Captured in the prose are wonderful stories of youth, fishing, and coming of age, along with a few that defy pigeonholing. --Trout magazine
One of my two favorite books of the decade. . . . Seth Normans Meanderings is a seamless union of life, love, and fishing. --Steve Bodio
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Seth Norman's first book, Meanderings of a Fly Fisherman, was one of Sports Afields Best Sporting Books of 1996. His investigative journalism was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Oakland, California.