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My story as told by water : confessions, Druidic rants, reflections, bird-watchi
Duncan, David James.
Adult Nonfiction TD170.3 .D86 2001

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From Publishers' Weekly:

For a book that's cobbled together from essays that have appeared in such engagingly eclectic sources as the Patagonia clothing catalogue, Harper's, Gray's Sporting Journal and the New York Times, there's an engaging coherence to Duncan's 22 angry, heartbroken, yet hopeful and often quite comic nature essays. The author, whose 1983 debut novel, The River Why, became an enduring fly-fishing classic, holds the reader with the power of his unabashed passion for America's watersheds, particularly in the north and west. It's a lifelong appreciation that dates back to the days when, as a boy, he built his own wee rivers in the backyard. Sounding a clarion call to conservation activism, Duncan eloquently explains why clean, free-running water matters: just as we die without good water, so does the earth. Yet his unabashed polemic is nicely cushioned by rhapsody; he's the ranter as poet. "The War for Norman's River" (i.e., the Blackfoot River, central to Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It) is both a searing indictment of mining company predation and a celebration of citizens' power. In other chapters, he damns dams, lovingly eulogizes philosopher Henry Bugbee, acidly parodies the "anachronistic and devastating" 1872 Mining Act and, in a set of essays closing out the book, "Fishing the Inside Passage," makes the connection between the spirit of the land and the spirit of humankind. The sum of these many pieces is a vital whole. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In this enjoyable collection, refreshing as a glass of cold water on a scorching day, readers accompany Duncan as he discovers his inner "coho compass," share his joys and sorrows over knowing and losing an old friend, and experience a strange nightmare/allegory about the environmental impact of gold mining. Even if not apparent at first, the connection to fish and water runs through each essay, which reinforces Duncan's theme of our interconnectivity and dependence on the natural order. Duncan invites, includes, intrigues, and inculcates his readers so that they will never think of the Pacific Northwest, salmon, Montana, or Nevada gold mines as they did before. There is an especially convincing essay about the dams on the Snake River and the gains that would be netted by their removal, which reveals Duncan's logical, activist side. Duncan's previous fictional works, The River Why and The Brothers K, were both multiple award winners, and the same quality of writing is evident here. Essential for libraries in the West and strongly recommended for all public and academic environmental collections. Nancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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