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The Compleat Angler

Walton, Izaak

Verlag: Benediction Classics, 2009
ISBN 10: 1849029717 / ISBN 13: 9781849029711
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Titel: The Compleat Angler

Verlag: Benediction Classics

Erscheinungsdatum: 2009

Einband: Hardcover

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Inhaltsangabe: "The Compleat Angler" by Isaak Walton is quirky and eccentric enough to be a 21st century book, but full of wit, wisdom, quotes, songs. It is loved as much for its angling lore as for its spiritual insights.

Rezension: For a book to stay in print for nearly 350 years, its merits must continually entice and satisfy. The Compleat Angler qualifies on both counts. On the most obvious level, it remains as good a primer on fishing as any angler would want. But its most enduring distinction is hinted at in the subtitle--"the Contemplative Man's Recreation." Izaak Walton's sometimes convoluted 17th-century grammar can still reel in our imaginations with his graceful evocations of a life free from hurly-burly in the company of friends intent on physical and moral sustenance. "He that hopes to be a good Angler must not only bring an inquiring, searching, observing wit," suggests the master, "but he must bring a large measure of hope and patience.... Doubt not but Angling will prove to be so pleasant, that it will prove to be like a virtue, a reward to itself." Just like Walton's magnificent literary catch. -- Jeff Silverman

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