©2007 Paul Torday; (P)2007 Orin Publiching Group Ltd.
A remarkably assured first novel, this one is a pure delight." (Booklist)
Lovely, very British
Yes, combines humor, spirit, sorrow into a simply story. Unique.
I can't explain why I liked this book so much, but I did! Loved it and was sad to have it end. Whimsical yet very grounded. Had a few parts that dragged, but those parts helped tell the story.
I had wanted to read this before seeing the movie - enjoyed the performances! Held my interest well, good nuances and very expressive. Highly recommended.
Good read. Had a little bit of everything in it. Politics, satire, comedy, relationships and some fishing. I would highly recommend it. Don't let the title fool you. Fishing is part of the story but really only plays a minor role.
For me the audio version is always better. Listening is like going to a play with my eyes closed.
It was different - not the usual hum drum subjects that I get tired of no matter how well written
Glad I went to the movie before listening to the book. The other way around I would have been disappointed.
Before reading, I mean hearing this book, I'd never considered fly-fishing, but now....
The book is original, clever, and bitingly funny. Thoughtful, too. The elegant writing is matched by the reading and production. The readers/actors did a wonderful job of accents and expressions. I may listen to it again just for the pleasure of it.
This was my introduction to Paul Torday, taken up at the recommedation of a friend. I'm going to look for more of his work right now.
I didn't like the premise of the book, valuable researchers' resource redirected to the pleasure of a man's desire to go fishing. The concept of "researchers working only in fear of losing their job", ordered by higher-ups to make the salmon fishing happen so that they can get rich, was personally appalling. I can't help but put myself in the story, and I would have to say that I don't enjoy living other people's frustration.
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