How I Came to Know Fish, Paperback
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"How I Came to Know Fish (1974)" is Ota Pavel's magical memoir of his childhood in Czechoslovakia.

Fishing with his father and his Uncle Prosek - the two finest fishermen in the world - he takes a peaceful pleasure from the rivers and ponds of his country.

But when the Nazis invade, his father and two older brothers are sent to concentration camps and Pavel must steal their confiscated fish back from under the noses of the SS to feed his family.

With tales of his father's battle to provide for his family both in wealthy freedom and in terrifying persecution, this is one boy's passionate and affecting tale of life, love and fishing.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780141192833



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A very funny and touching memoir of the author's childhood and his experience up to and during the Second World War. The book is made up affectionate anecdotes of all the people who influenced his childhood and is told in an asynchronous manner. Wonderfully written.

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