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Classic fishing and a love for nature make a great read, 22 Jan. 2002
Thomas McGuane is known for his fiction: all american heroes loving freedom and independence and travelling trough love affairs, jobs ,places and landscapes with reckless pride.In "The Longest Silence", McGuane denounces where he has invested his personal slice of freedom: away from literary speculations and the ambition of fiction, in american and faraway trout rivers.
For McGuane fishing is a way of life, a way to discover the good things of life on earth.This is no fishing guide or the chronicle of an obsession.The author simply has interpreted what all lovers of fishing and nature feel when connected to the magic moments of their sport: oneness with life, the elements,the fauna and flora that surround us, and the conscience that all this is threatned, transient, fragile.
The great quality of this book- fishing scenes and technical expertise aside- is that McGuane manages to convey his outdoor passion in connection with friends, acquintances, communities and a general sense of belonging to this planet and of entitlement to fight for his preservation.Fishing is solitude and not loneliness, writes McGuane. In fact he takes us on a long trip through his best memories and that means a lot of travelling. In the end we come to think that the world would be a better place if we would all understand the beauty of catching and releasing a trout in some wild river somewhere.