Monday, May 21, 2012
First up is my all time favorite books by my favorite author; Ernest Hemingway. I have read nearly everything he has ever written including dispatches to the Toronto Star newspaper when he was just starting out. A few of those early writings were even laced with fly fishing the great north woods. The Sun Also Rises also has a bit of fishing but its mostly about Spain, Bullfights, and a group of ex-pats that go to party. Great read! and if you don't get it all in the first read then read it again... I have 4-5 times... I'm fairly dense.
If you haven't read any Robert Louis Stevenson then you are one depraved individual. What kid doesn't like pirates right? Anything by him is money.
Then there is the few that go along with him like James F Cooper or Jack London, both of which are great authors even if Cooper can be a bit long winded. I would also say you are safe with anything that Mark Twain penned. As a kid that spent a whole lot of time on the banks of the Mississippi, his book Life On The Mississippi opened up a whole new world for me when it came to understanding what this country was like back when Samuel Clemons was a riverboat captain. Roughing It wasn't that bad either.
Bartrum is another more dry account of exploring this country before it was made a country and might be interesting to Southerns but L & C would be the most notable and easy to find choice.
If you have read any two of these book that I have mentioned then you might notice a theme. I like books that feature individuals with drive and determination. The heroes, be them real or fiction, sport courage and a willingness to do what needs to be done. You wont catch me reading the Notebook - though I hear its a good book its just not for me - but I have been known to pick up Walden from time to time, but then again there is a man sporting a sort of self sufficiency I hold in great respect.
If you don't make a pilgrimage to hunt those wild Russian trout that eat duck as an entree - Or if you do and need a good book for the plane ride - read at least one good book this summer. And no, The Orvis Fly Tying Recipe book does not count even if it is well illustrated.