A Fine and Pleasant Misery

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Henry Holt and Company, Apr 15, 1981 - Humor - 224 pages

“A hilarious compilation” (Los Angeles Times), A Fine and Pleasant Misery gathers twenty-seven witty, cautionary tales of the outdoor life from beloved humorist Patrick F. McManus in a collection edited and introduced by Jack Samson, long-time editor-in-chief of Field & Stream.

The great outdoors have never been rendered as hysterically as in the reminiscences—true and exaggerated—of Patrick F. McManus. If you’re thinking about getting back to nature, the surreal adventures chronicled here will make you think twice about giving it all up for a life of camping, hiking, and hunting.

 

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User Review  - Hawken04 - LibraryThing

He's funny. 27 short stories will convince anyone that he's funny. Read "The Mountain Man" and see if it doesn't have you laughing so hard you rip your pants. Read full review

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User Review  - labfs39 - LibraryThing

If you enjoyed Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods, you'll love this book. From his childhood in rural Idaho to his adventures with his family as an experienced outdoorsman, Pat McManus has to be the ... Read full review

Contents

A Fine and Pleasant Misery
1
A Dog for All Seasons
9
The Modified Stationary Panic
14
Grogans War Surplus
24
The Big Trip
33
The Theory and Application of Old Men
43
The TwoWheeled ATV
51
The Backyard Safari
57
Kid Camping
111
How to Fish a Crick
118
Further Teachings of Rancid Crabtree
127
The Great Cow Plot
137
The Mountain Man
144
The Rescue
151
Ill Never Forget Old 5789A
160
The Bar
165

Shooting the Chickanout Narrows
63
The Miracle of the Fish Plate
75
The Backpacker
83
Great Outdoor Gadgets Nobody Ever Invented
89
The Purist
96
The Outfit
101
The Rendezvous
174
Cigars Logging Trucks and KnowItAlls
179
But Wheres the Park Papa?
186
A Yup of a Different Color
193
Mountain Goats Never Say Cheese
200
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Patrick F. McManus (1933-2018) is the author of novels, plays, and more than a dozen collections of his humor columns from Outdoor Life and other magazines. There are nearly two million copies of his book in print, including his bestselling The Shoot Canoes, Don't They?; The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw; and A Fine and Pleasant Misery.

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