Leland on The River Why, David James Duncan
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 beloved Oregon rivers.
What he 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 voice to the concerns and hopes of all
living things on this beautiful planet. It is the story of one
man's search for meaning, for love, and for a sane way to live.