My Story as Told by Water: Confessions, Druidic Rants, Reflections, Bird-watchings, Fish-stalkings, Visions , Songs and Prayers Refracting Light, From Living Rivers, in the Age of the Ind

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University of California Press, 2002 - 304 pages
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In this remarkable collection of essays, acclaimed author David James Duncan braids his contemplative, rhapsodic, and activist voices together into a potently distinctive whole, speaking with power and urgency about the vital connections between our water–filled bodies and this water–covered planet. All twenty–two pieces in this collection swirl and eddy around his early–forged bond with the rivers of the Pacific Northwest and their endangered native salmon. With a bracing blend of story, science, and comedy, Duncan relates mystical, life–changing adventures; draws incisive portraits of the humans and wild creatures who shaped his destiny; rips the corporate greed and political folly that have brought whole ecosystems to ruin; and meditates on the spiritual and practical necessity of acknowledging our dependence on water in its primal state.

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User Review  - JanesList - LibraryThing

This book was way better than I was expecting. As with many river writers I've run across, Duncan is definitely "male" in his metaphors, and if that bothers you you'll miss out on a good book ... Read full review

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Esssays on the environment, in particular the trout streams of Montana and the Pacific Northwest. What makes this book memorable is the incandescent, extraordinarily moving prose -- the best writing I've encountered in a long time. Read full review


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The Non Sense of Place 49
Tilt 57
Seven Wrong Answers 61
Six Henry Stories 81
Lake of the Stone Mother 115
The War for Normans River 129
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Fishing the Inside Passage
god 263
A Recipe 273
The Lives
Acknowledgments 291

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David James Duncan is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and is a National Book Award finalist for My Story as Told by Water. Best known for his two best-selling novels, The River Why and The Brothers K--both received the Pacific Northwest Booksellers award. The Brothers K was a New York Times Notable Book in 1992 and won a Best Books Award from the American Library Association.

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