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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Ltd; Reprint edition (31 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848375867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848375864
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 22.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'infused throughout with good fun and good sense' (Simon Redfern, The Independent)

'a fascinating snapshot of 17th-century England...far more of a page turner than I ever dared hope' (Trout Fisherman)

'splendid introduction' (Land and Business) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Izaak Walton (1593-1683) was born in Stafford. He was a biographer of the poet John Donne, and wrote lives of other notable Anglicans, including George Herbert and Richard Hooker. He was a Royalist, and during the Civil War participated in a royalist conspiracy after the battle of Worcester. In The Compleat Angler he expressed his political and religious allegiances while exploring humanity's relationship to the natural world. He is buried in Winchester Cathedral, where he is commemorated by a stained-glass window in the Fishermen's Chapel.

Charles Cotton (1630-87) was a country gentleman, poet, and translator, who built a fishing house for himself and Walton at his birthplace, Beresford Hall in Staffordshire. In 1676, at Walton's invitation, he wrote the second part to The Compleat Angler.

Marjorie Swann, editor, grew up fishing for perch and pike on St Joseph Island, Ontario. She subsequently earned degrees at Queen's University and Oxford. She is the author of Curiosities and Texts: The Culture of Collecting in Early Modern England (2001) and is writing a book about Walton's Angler and its post-seventeenth-century afterlives. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P Howard on 6 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
Whether you are new to 'The Art Of The Angle' [Fishing] or not, this book contains some superb, if a little archaic banter between two friends of the angle. The teacher and the apprentice. Sir Isaac Walton, [Piscator], considered to be 'The Father Of Angling' and Joseph Cotton [Venator] the willing apprentice of the angle. Follow their journey around England as they fish for all species. This is a wonderful journey back in time. Many things that Walton says have been disproved over the few hundred years since the first book was published. However many other things said by him, still hold true today, wonderful reading. My own copy is a 1955 version with an explained thesaurus at the base of each page.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Feb. 2000
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Not surprisingly, this classic angling text has been continuously in print since first publication. Although serving as a fascinating reflection on the art of angling during the seventeenth century, the text still manages to capture the thrill and excitement that runs through the bloodstream of every modern-day dangler of the angle. All present day anglers, from the most fanatical of bivvy boys to the gentle chalk stream dabbler will gain pleasure and enjoyment from this most seminal of angling texts.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Hopper TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Nov. 2010
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This had exciting parts interspersed with somewhat duller episodes, though the climax of the main plot was as gripping as anything else I have read by the author. I found the main two characters unsympathetic and the black servant Otter tby far the most likeable character (followed by the priest Francisco). Otter accompanies the hero and his bride back to England at the end, but even though they obviously like him and even admire him to some extent, they still treat him like a well loved pet dog rather than a fellow human. A sign of the times of course and the attitude towards Africans here is not as negative as in some other works of the time, but sad even so.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Susan on 24 Jan. 2011
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This would be great made into a big Hollywood tongue in cheek adventure movie. We have the rugged hero, whose brother dies in his arms. We have the heroine taken by slave traders and rescued thanks to the machinations of her mysterious nurse. There is fantastic scenery, an amazing idol, a giant crocodile and an amazing escape on a stone bobsleigh. Good boy's own adventure stuff. Dated, of course, in its attitude to race but a fun read. If you enjoyed other H Rider Haggard books like Allan Quatermain you will enjoy this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By nia on 14 Nov. 2010
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I haven't read this author for many years but have suddenly realized how descriptive his writings are of Africa. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to re-read some of his others. It makes me realize that some of the authors of the past have more umph in them that some of the modern novels.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 May 2005
Format: Paperback
Walton uses the perspective of an enthusiastic angler to promote a lifestyle of reflectiveness, gentle humor, and appreciation for nature. The book is easy to read, despite being first published in the 1600s.
The Coachwhip Publications reprint edition (ISBN 1930585209) is inexpensive and contains Cotton's "Part 2," written at Walton's request for the fifth published edition of "The Compleat Angler."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bookwormgrl10 on 3 Feb. 2011
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This is the first Henry rider Haggard book i have read and it had me gripped within its clutches from the very first moment i picked it up! I was sorry to come to the end and will certainly be reading the rest of the authors works. I can see this title sitting on the family bookshelf for years to come, to be devoured by my children when they grow and eventually by my granchildren. An absolutely AWESOME read!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Crown on 22 May 2006
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This is surely one of the earliest books available to the modern angler. But it's worth distinguishing 'anglers' from 'fishermen'. I take 'anglers' to be people who go after fish for fun or sport or pleasure and 'fishermen' to be people who go after fish for work.

The first thing to be said about Izaak Walton's book, is that it is a play followed by a text book. The second thing, is that it's in a foreign language even to the English, because it was first published in 1653 when the author was 60. A ripe old age in England in those days.

Walton was essentially a biographer. He got paid for it - often commissioned as a good artist might. He wrote 'The Life of Donne' - a poet who even I've heard of. He's alleged to have been a prosperous merchant, but it doesn't really matter. Great angling writers like Richard Walker were engineers. Old school writers like George Skues, were public school educated solicitors in London practices who took the train to the chalk streams of Winchester in Hampshire at weekends, tying flies as they went.

The play concerns three people who meet by chance and get into conversation about their interests. They're travelling at a walk, and so they lighten their journey with convoluted conversation. Before long, it develops into a bit of a competition. Walton is the angler (Piscator). Another gentleman is keen on falconry (Venator) and yet another is keen on hunting (Auceps).

If you tire of 17th century banter, skip forward to the chapters on each particular species of fish, which will ring true immediately. To me it's a revelation that these friendly old fish will still fall for the same tricks as Walton was playing on their ancestors over 350 years ago.
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