A Life Worth Living: The Adventures of a Passionate Sportsman

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"Most of my truly good days have been spent fishing". So begins Jack Hemingway's wonderful new memoir of his life as an incorrigible sportsman. But be forewarned - this is not a how-to book, or a guide to secret places, though there is plenty of expertise and uncharted territory to be discovered here. Jack's seasons of a sportsman begin, appropriately, in the spring, at a dude ranch in Clark's Fork Valley, near the Yellowstone River. As an awkward six-year-old threading caught grasshoppers on old worn wet flies has father, Ernest, had discarded, Jack found his lifelong pasion in much the same way his father had so many years eariler as a child on Walloon Lake. His summer would bring steelhead on the North Umpqua, fishing with Papa's newly christened "Christ Pants" that enabled him to "walk on water", and looking for trout along the Danube in the aftermath of World War II. Fall brings expeditions to the steelhead-laden tributaries of the Snake River, fishing for Atlantic salmon, along with time for reflection and proof of Jack's fervent belief that "there is always something new to learn". Balancing a self-effacing humour with a delicacy of prose both graceful and knowing, "A Life Worth Living" is a touching dedication to a lifetime of the sport that both Jack Hemingway and his father loved so much.

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