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RIVERS OF SHADOW, RIVERS OF SUN: A FLY FISHER'S EUROPEAN JOURNAL
Author: Norm Ziegler
Publisher: NATIONAL BOOK NETWORK, Jun 2004
A beautifully crafted travelogue of fly fishing in Europe. A book about falling in love with the true essence of a geographical area--its sights, smells, & sounds. 14 B&W illus by Michael Simon; 6x9 inches, 160 pgs.
Like the extraordinarily successful A Year in Provence, this is a book about falling in love with the true essence of a geographical area--its sights, smells, and sounds. The author's passion for fly fishing provides a rich, lyrical backdrop for his observations, but Rivers of Shadow, Rivers of Sun is no angler's guide.
Notes Zeigler, "For most Americans, the Continent is a place to soak up art, history, and culture...Ours is a largely urban perception that belies the region's wondrous cold-water fishing possibilities: the big rainbows of the Deutscher Traun, Jutland's spring creeks, the freestone streams of the High Pyrenees.
"But for me, the fishing was always only part of the allure. What made Europe special were the exhilaration and adventure of travel, the thrill of discovering new waters, and the exotic flavors of foreign places. And, of course, there were the people, diverse in their politics, creeds, traditions, and nationalities, and yet--to paraphrase Kipling--brothers & sisters under their skin."
The writing in Rivers of Shadow, Rivers of Sun is beautifully crafted, and the book is handsomely illustrated with graphite-pencil drawings by renowned sporting artist Michael Simon. Join them in a journey long to be remembered.
EXCERPT FROM Rivers of Shadow, Rivers of Sun
"What human being can help another?
Who can enter into another's soul?"
--Ivan Turgenev, "Living Relics"
In the heat of the day the call of the cuckoo had echoed across the valley, but now the chirping of a nearby cricket punctuated the only other night sounds: the high wind in the trees and the rush of the river below the campground. A full moon rising over the Pyrenees, a cool San Miguel beer, and the smell of fresh trout sizzling in the pan completed the scene. It could not be any better if I had scripted it, I thought. And in a way, I had.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:
Michael Simon is one of America's preeminent angling artists. His work has appeared in several books and in many national publications, including American Wildlands, Fly Rod & Reel, and Trout and Fly Fisherman, and has been shown in galleries across the United States. Michael lives in Richmond, Virginia.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Norm Zeigler's work has appeared in magazines such as Saltwater Fly Fishing, Art of Angling, Northwest Fly Fishing, Florida Sportsman, Sporting Tales, Fly Fisher, and the German publication Der Fliegenfischer. An expert fly fisherman and tier, he has given presentations in both the United States & Europe. Norm lives with his son & daughter on Sanibel Island, in Florida.