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"As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler."

Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler, long considered the bible of fishing, is a joyful celebration of the English countryside and the relaxed and reflective lifestyle of the devoted fisherman. Through dialogue between teacher and student, the book sheds a unique light on fishing, baiting, and cooking, including an original recipe for trout. Its music, rhymes, poetry, and humor are all brought to life by a full cast. As winding as a quiet brook and as bountiful as a bursting riverbank, The Compleat Angler is essential listening for any outdoors enthusiast.

Public Domain (P)2017 Naxos AudioBooks

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  • Mark H
  • 12-18-17

What wonderful archaic prose

I'm not an angler, but I thought I would buy this as it has such good reviews. I'm really pleased that I did. The characters in the book are played by superb actors who bring the story to life. The manners and rich expressions of the time are a joy to listen to. And the details of how to catch, prepare and eat the fish were quite a surprise. I suspect that all of the advice was given in good faith by the author and it may be completely true and accurate, but it is from a time when 'facts' were not quite as tested as they are today. So some descriptions can only be described as wondrous. If you enjoy the prose from a bygone era and either like angling, or are prepared to forgo interest in the subject to bathe in the prose then give this book a try.