The River Why!

Looks like an interesting book.


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 era. Duncan’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 way we live. Leaving behind a madcap, fishing-obsessed family, Gus embarks on an extraordinary voyage of self-discovery along his beloved Oregon rivers. What he unexpectedly finds is man’s wanton destruction of nature and a burning desire to commit himself to its preservation. The River Why is a tale that gives a contemporary voice to the concerns and hopes of all living things on this beautiful, watery planet. It is the story of one man’s search for meaning, for love, and for a sane way to live.

Another one to add to the list !


  1. the dharma bum · February 25, 2005

    hey, I’ve been a fan of your blog for a while… finally have to comment because I just finished reading “The River Why” a few days ago and it is a simply fabulous book. Warning: it’s not about fishing all that much. As in, no discussion of tactics or stories of battles against fish.

    But, it is probably one of the best books I’ve ever read. Funny as hell, but with so much meaning and insight into spirituality, community, love… etc.

    Read it ASAP! Let me know what you think! I’m probably going to write up my own “review” on my site this weekend and I’ll have something to post on Monday.


  2. Emanuele · February 25, 2005

    hey, I am reading it just now……and it really looks like something special,
    so far strongly recommended

  3. Alistair · February 25, 2005


    In that case you can just lend me it when you are finished 🙂


  4. Oskar · February 25, 2005

    The River Why is IMHO the best book ever written about coming of age, developing a personal philosophy, and living to love life.

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