Hooked: Fly-fishing Through Russia Paperback – 1 Apr 1999
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Offbeat travel account based on a journey fly-fishing across the outmost northern reaches of Russia which also uncovers Soviet Russia's Gulag history.
Top Customer Reviews
However well written and certainly an eye opener about the chaotic state of modern Russia outside the big cities.
The experience of crossing a vast continent with the minimal amount of baggage in order to fish where possible is something I would never have the nerve to do, to do it vicariously through a book like this is as good as second best can be. I found the characters met along the way to be fascinating if not, in several cases, a little menacing.
I can only praise this book and tell you that when I finished it I desperately wanted a Russian bath and a glass of vodka.
The American author travels across Russia discovering how the country has been devastated by the conversion of the economy from communism to capitalism. Everywhere he goes he encounters people who were better off working for the state rather than being exploited or abandoned by the unregulated and corrupt private capitalists. His experiences have been corroborated in some ways by the recent TV series where two 'celebrities' crossed Russia on motorcycles and found the same type of hapless individuals existing in vodka-fueled poverty.
It is a sad experience to discover that this country is virtually rotting to destruction with its long-suffering people bearing the brunt yet again of massive government mis-management.
It also shows that we in the west never had anything to fear from the backward, technologically inept Russians during the Cold War years. They could hardly feed themselves let alone take over the world.
Don't buy this book for its angling content. It will break your heart. Buy it for its travelogue content. It will still break your heart, but at least you know what you are getting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This great book offers insight into life in Russia from old Russia, Fen Montaigne, who lived and worked there for some time.Published on 17 Jan. 2013 by Magpie