They Shoot Canoes, Don't They?
With tongue pressed firmly in cheek and a gentle but penetrating eye for human foibles, Patrick F. McManus celebrates the hidden pleasures, unappreciated lore, and opportunities for disaster to be found in the recreations of camping, hunting, and fishing in his hilarious collection They Shoot Canoes, Don’t They?
Gathered here for the reader’s edification are such treasures as the true but little known story of the discovery of the efficacy of live bait by Genghis Khan’s chef, an examination of the precarious and perhaps fanatical expertise required for ice fishing, and a consideration of the circumstances that can cause a deer to ride a bicycle.
Among additional topics explored are The Crouch Hop and Other Useful Outdoor Steps, The Sensuous Angler, and Psychic Powers for Outdoorsmen. Included, too, is The Hunter’s Dictionary, an invaluable lexicon that helps the novice sportsman understand such arcane terminology as “Ooooooeee-ah-ah-ah! (If there’s one thing I hate, it’s putting on cold, wet pants in the morning)” and “Baff mast pime ig bead feas mid miff pife! (That’s the last time I try to eat peas in the dark with my hunting knife!)”
The author’s appreciation of outdoor life began in his early boyhood, when he absorbed a wealth of improbable information imparted by the old woodsman Rancid Crabtree, “who bathed only on leap years.” Young McManus also enjoyed special adventures with his ill-remembered sidekick, Retch Sweeney, and another boon companion of days gone by, the loquacious family dog, Strange, whose exploits as a hunter were limited to assaulting stray chickens and on one memorable occasion a skunk.
“McManus here follows up A Fine and Pleasant Misery with a collection of sketches that launches him into the front ranks of outdoor humorists.”—Library Journal
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - glade1 - LibraryThing
As with a lot of collections of essays, this one is a bit irregular. Some of the selections had me laughing out loud and others, meh. But overall, this is a fun collection. The parts about his childhood were the best in my opinion. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - MrsLee - LibraryThing
Having read many of McManus' books, I knew what to expect. Good tongue-in-cheek fun. He did not disappoint, although I find my delight in the hunting and fishing essays has diminished some. If I take ... Read full review
All You Ever Wanted to Know About Live Bait but Were Afraid to Ask
The Green Box
They Shoot Canoes Dont They?
My First Deer and Welcome to It
The Crouch Hop and Other Useful Outdoor Steps
The Heartbreak of Astigmatism
The Hunters Dictionary
Tying My Own
Psychic Powers for Outdoorsmen
The Fishing Lesson
Meanwhile Back at the B Western
The Education of a Sportsman
The Sensuous Angler
And Now Stay Tuned for The Camp Chef
The Hunting Camp
If You Dont Mind Ill Do It Myself
Useful Outdoor Comments
Journal of an Expedition