My Story as Told by Water: Confessions, Druidic Rants, Reflections, Bird-watchings, Fish-stalkings, Visions, Songs and Prayers Refracting Light, from Living Rivers, in the Age of the Industrial Dark

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University of California Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 294 pages
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In this remarkable collection of essays, David James Duncan, award-winning author of The River Why, braids his contemplative, activist, and rhapsodic voices together into a potently distinctive whole, speaking with power and urgency about the vital connections between our water-filled bodies and this water-covered planet.
The twenty-two essays in this collection swirl and eddy around the author's early-forged bond with the rivers of the Pacific Northwest and their endangered native salmon. With a bracing blend of story, logic, science, and humor, Duncan relates mystical, life-changing fishing adventures; draws incisive portraits of the humans and wild creatures who shaped his destiny; attacks the corporate greed and political folly that have brought whole ecosystems to ruin; and meditates on the spiritual and practical necessity of acknowledging our dependence on water in its primal state.
 

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User Review  - JanesList - LibraryThing

This book was way better than I was expecting. As with many river writers I've run across, Duncan is definitely "male" in his metaphors, and if that bothers you you'll miss out on a good book ... Read full review

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Esssays on the environment, in particular the trout streams of Montana and the Pacific Northwest. What makes this book memorable is the incandescent, extraordinarily moving prose -- the best writing I've encountered in a long time. Read full review

Contents

on der Versus Loss 1 Valmikis Palm
3
Birdwatching as a Blood Sport
31
The Non Sense of Place
49
Tilt
57
Seven Wrong Answers
61
Six Henry Stories
81
Activism
97
Native
99
Lake of the Stone Mother
115
The War for Normans River
129
The 1872 KneeMining Act Your Exciting Financial Future
151
Fishing the Inside Passage
227
A Recipe
273
The Lives
283
Acknowledgments
291
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David James Duncan has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes & has won a Montana Arts Council Award. He lives in Montana.

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