Catch & Release

Catch & Release

Trout Fishing and the Meaning of Life

Book - 2004
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In Catch and Release , philosopher Mark Kingwell has written a book about fishing, or more accurately, about thinking about fishing that is unlike any book ever penned about this most unique and challenging of sports. This vibrant blend of memoir, travelogue, reflection, and discussion of the finer points of the art is framed around an annual fishing trip that he and his father and two brothers take each year to British Columbia.

Between the drinking, cigars, and the piloting of a small dingy, Kingwell, previously of the belief that “fishing is stupid,” finds that the sport does allow for one important thing—quite a bit of time to just think, allowing thoughts to wander and new vistas to open up. This realization—a kind of felicitous meandering and suspension in the delights of the moment—leads Kingwell through everything from falconry, male bonding, and procrastination to golf, cooking, and the relationship between reflection and action—not to mention the relative benefits of wet versus dry flies, the cast, and the ethics of fishing. Ultimately, and as this book engagingly shows, fishing is worth thinking about because of the thinking that fishing allows. Especially when the trout aren’t biting.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2004
ISBN: 9780670033348
Branch Call Number: 799.1757 K619C 2004
Characteristics: 242 pages ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: Catch and release


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Apr 21, 2014

A question mark hovers over the autobiography written before, say, the age of forty. Maybe the same sort of suspicion should exist when someone writes, about fly fishing before the ink is dry on their first license. But then again, what if it was a really good book? We will have to wait to test that out - this is an awful book.

What's it about? Fishing, life, philosophy? Who cares, my brain hurts hearing his Philosophy 101 approach molded to a new subject. That's Kingwell's gift, he's the talking head they call, in Canada, when a news subject requires some tedious philosophical pandering. Yes, you will find this all immensely edifying - if this is the first book you have ever picked up.

For someone who is looking for some philosophy and fishing, consider Fishing and Thinking by A.A. Luce. A little old fashioned, Fishing and Thinking is nonetheless worth the time


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