About the Book
About the Author
Making peace with the world, sooneror later most of us have to. But how?
For Ian Mac Bride, his way begins almost accidentally when, in 1909, he watches
a fly-casting tournament in New York's Central Park, and begins to dream of
becoming a great fly caster.
But soon Ian experiences personal tragedy, and then is appalled by the
unexpected slaughter of World War I.
He retreats into the world of fly fishing and fly casting, and meets
unforgettable anglers like: Doc, a Civil War veteran, who tells how, after he
enlisted in return for drinking money, he was unexpectedly changed by the
horror of war; Izzy, a mysterious immigrant, who, in his way, teaches Ian
perhaps the most important lesson of long-distance fly casting; and George M.
L. La Branche who, though torn by self-doubt, writes the book that
revolutionizes fly fishing.
And so, these anglers help change Ian's hopes and values. Though his father
questions his courage, Ian decides to become a teacher instead of a lawyer, and
moves near the beautiful Beaverkill River, the birthplace of fly fishing in
But tragedy still follows him.
Torn by grief, he curses the world and loses faith in it - until, almost by
accident, he finds a way to come to terms.
How? The answer will surprise you.
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