The Longest Silence, Paperback Book
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Thomas McGuane's obsession with fish has taken him from the river in his backyard to the holiest waters of the fly-fisher's world.

As he travels the fish take him to many and various subjects ripe for random speculation: rods and reels, the classification of anglers according to the flies they prefer, family and memory - right down to why fishermen lie.

The Longest Silence sets the heart pounding for a glimpse of moving water, and demonstrates what a life dedicated to sport reveals about life.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Fishing, angling
  • ISBN: 9780224061018



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McGuane's grasp of the language is powerful, and his essays on a lifetime of fishing are both perceptive and powerful.<br/><br/>Truly this may be the best essay book on fly fishing ever written; everything from his time at Key West to his more contemporary existence on his Montana ranch falls under the scrutiny of his pen. <br/><br/>A brilliant piece of work -- and a great read for anyone interested in what the fly fishing life looks like.