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Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. There's a peculiar style of writing that often attaches itself to fly fishing narratives, why I'm not sure. This literary form revels in its own complexity, challenges the reader, and coaxes the English language to do things that seemingly never were intended.
Ted Leeson is a workmanlike practitioner of this style; James Babb is its master. I'll call it grandiloquent piscatorial musing. Three key elements of this genre of fish book are the use of esoteric vocabulary, outrageous similes, and long and complex sentences.
Let's take a look at each, with references from River Music. Here's an example of off the beaten path vocab - "And then I had a piece of tarte au sucre - sugar pie, a thrombotic Gaspesian concoction of eggs and cream and butter and caramelized brown sugar quivering lasciviously in a crisp buttery shell".
What does thrombotic mean? Grab that dictionary and look it up. How about this for a simile that makes your hair stand on end? A Shop - Vac swallowing a cat!
River Music: A Fly Fisher's Four Seasons and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. River Music: A Fly Fisher's Four Seasons Paperback – July 1, James R. Babb imbues his devastating wit, ornery perspective, and musical language within each of the ribald. River Music has 34 ratings and 5 reviews. Chris said: Even better than the first. Beautifully written non-fiction, the fact that it's about fly fishing i.
And here is a typically long sentence - not a run on sentence, mind you, but a suitably long and complex one to make clear that we won't be impaling a worm on a hook below a red and white bobber any time soon: Do you think you'll enjoy reading this stuff? One of those books you are desperate to read but don't want to read too fast because then you will finish too quickly.
Nov 16, Jim rated it liked it. I think that I may have grown tired of reading books about fly fishing that aspire to be of a literary nature, and so I wasn't really taken with this author's work.
I was prepared not to like this book of short stories. And so I did not like the first few of them. Babb has a sense of humor that fails almost as often as not. I found a number of his jokes unfunny. But it is nevertheless a se I think that I may have grown tired of reading books about fly fishing that aspire to be of a literary nature, and so I wasn't really taken with this author's work.
But it is nevertheless a sense of humor, and gradually, I began to laugh at some of his observations. The quality of the stories seemed to improve later in the book; toward the end, I found myself fairly engrossed. The somewhat convoluted nature of Mr. Babb's sentence structure detracts from what otherwise would be some fairly good writing.
If you don't mind reading sentences with more than one or two dependent clauses, it isn't a problem, but I find that kind of writing a bit bothersome.
It's almost as if the author seeks to sabotage himself by diverging the reader's attention from the more interesting aspects of the story. If you enjoy stories that are related to fishing, and fly fishing in particular, you may enjoy this collection of short stories that ends with some fairly solid writing. Jul 03, Hannah Thomas rated it really liked it.
This book really does give "a life of adventure. He meets with various people, grows up as a man and, eventually, ends up with a wife and kids of his own. You do get your "sense of adventure" out in the wilderness and you feel that you're actually taking that journey yourself.
You forget that you're reading a book! The very critique I have: It is hard to under This book really does give "a life of adventure. It is hard to understanding what the time period for the book is. It's both an unanswered and answered question in my head. Lost in the Writing It is possible to over-write something. There were some good stories here, but the writing demanded more attention and hid those stories behind the words.