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  • On the Water: A Fishing Memoir
  • Guy De La Valdene
  • ISBN: 9781493039647
  • Publisher: Lyons Press
  • Pub Date: 02/2019
  • Pages: 192
  • Format: Paperback
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Guy de la Valdène has quietly published a small handful of books that may go down as the best outdoor sport writing of his generation, his praises spoken among the cognoscenti of woods and water and, increasingly, among a larger audience for whom passages on fishing and nature form a backdrop for reflections on memory, aging, and mortality. A companion of sorts to La Valdène's The Fragrance of Grass, a collection of essays on hunting and nature, On The Water (with a foreword from the author's friend Carl Hiaasen) is an assemblage of pitch-perfect vignettes so aphoristic that to open the book anywhere is to be delighted and instructed by a writer whose work speaks to the power of earned experience. Critics compare La Valdène's writing to that of Aldo Leopold, Vladimir Nabokov, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and Henry David Thoreau. Good company, that. And were they still with us, they'd be equally pleased to be counted in this. - Bookmark