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Kerplunk!: Stories [Hardcover]

Patrick F. McManus
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Book Description

Nov. 6 2007
Patrick F. McManus's gently comic stories about outdoor life have earned him millions of fans worldwide. With Kerplunk!, McManus delivers a collection of folksy, wonderfully wise depictions of country life worthy of Mark Twain.

In these tall tales, McManus and his buddies learn how not to net a fish, why you should never get your hair cut by someone who's mad at you, what to do when a deer wanders into camp but your sleeping bag has frozen shut, and how to avoid bird-dog flatulence.

Traveling the highways and byways of the Pacific Northwest, the delightful backcountry characters of Kerplunk! understand how a life of hunting and fishing -- and its inherent potential for misadventure -- can resonate with larger meaning. McManus's characters know exactly why it costs $500 to make a fly lure that retails for $2; why installing a boat trailer hookup can lead to divorce; and, most important, why you should always listen for the sound of your fishing line hitting the water -- because in life as it is in fishing, you don't know you're in the water until you hear the kerplunk!

These wry, curmudgeonly tales appeal to real outdoorsmen and the armchair variety alike. Often nostalgic, occasionally philosophical, and always funny, the stories in Kerplunk! reaffirm Patrick F. McManus's reputation as an American classic.
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This gently humorous essay collection by Outdoor Life columnist McManus (The Bear in the Attic) explores hunting and fishing in the Pacific Northwest. As he wryly explains in The Kind of Guy I Am, McManus's literary persona is an aw-shucks middle-aged married guy with four daughters who dreams of his flies, reels, waders and snowshoes while on vacation with his wife in Venice. Hoping to someday be like Rancid Crabtree, an old man who lives in a slab shack against the mountain and does nothing all day but hunt and fish (The Ideal Life), McManus and his buddy Fenton Quagmire jettison the high-tech camping gear and attempt to rough it Thoreau-style (Back to Basics), with predictably hilarious results. Other tales involve learning how to be patient while fishing (A Dimple in Time) and enlightening one's fishing partners on how the moon determines the tides (Where's Mr. Sun?). McManus narrates his woodsy stories with a laid-back style that will earn many smiles of fond recognition from anyone who's heard a guide say, I know there used to be a trail here. (Nov.)
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"Golden Voice Dick Hill brings his signature excellence to this amusing collection of essays by Outdoor Life columnist Patrick F. McManus." ---AudioFile --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for a chuckle Feb. 24 2014
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McManus brings familiar stories to life; my husband laughs out loud at these stories.
I wish he would write some more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick McManus Sept. 23 2013
By Sylvia
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Boughtas gift for my husband . He really enjoys all the Patrick McManus books in this category. Good clean humor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it !!! Feb. 4 2013
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Loved it once again! Hilarious outdoors stories, with just enough exageration to crack you up and burst out laughing every time. You get to know all of the characters in his stories, with some that become your favorite ones of course, in such a way that they become part of the family. What a amazing story teller! A must read if you haven't yet done so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No regrets! Jan. 21 2013
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I love this author and the way he weaves his readers into the stories. One feels like the characters are part of the family! I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves to laugh and doesn't mind sharing in the adventures the characters get into.
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5.0 out of 5 stars McManus Has Still Got It! Jan. 5 2008
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About three essays in I started laughing uncontrollably. "What?" my husband said. Gasping, tears running down my face, I attempted to say, "No, really, it's not THAT funny..." Yet somehow, no other writer makes me laugh quite so hard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family fun Jan. 12 2008
By Barb - Published on
Well, I think we might have all the Pat McManus books now. I bought them for my dad, an avid outdoorsman, but I found him reading the stories aloud to my 8 yr. old son who also loves them. They have provided us with hours of family fun and opportunities to say things like " I think I'll go for a ride on my '2 Wheeled ATV'"
Worth every penny and delivery was fast - even at Christmas time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my husband read it Feb. 10 2008
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Laughed the whole time. Loved the book. He says it was great. Buy it if you like the outdoors and the mishaps that can happen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Role Model Jan. 20 2008
By Myrna Austin - Published on
I have a complaint with Mr. McManus's books. I have one of every one he has written and after reading each of them only a hundred times or so they are coming apart. I use them as a tranquilizer to go to sleep with and sometimes go to sleep while reading one of them and drop it on the floor but it is a very short drop and one would think the books should hold up to this. He has a way of making you forget the everyday troubles of the world. He has a different insight into the life of people with a life and I try to capture some of that in my books, SO YOU GOT TO GET RIGHT BACK ON ???? and SO WHAT WAS I THINKING???? And in my up comeing book, SO I FLEW WITH THE WIND???? Mr. McManus is a real treasure and I hope someday he finally can catch a fish and shoot a trophey if it is only a world record jack rabbit. May God be Kind to him.
John H. Austin Jr.
45683 Highway 101
Sixes, Oregon 97476
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5.0 out of 5 stars laugh out loud funny May 7 2008
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This is the first audio book I have gotten from this author. I made a deal with my self to listen to audio books only while driving. I started laughing so hard I had to pull the car over so I wouldn't wreck the car. It should come with a warning DANGER LAUGHING AND DRIVING COULD WRECK THE CAR.
surprisingly, My husband listened to this one and liked it. Kerplunk may of been my first book but it won't be my last. I'll just have to learn how to drive and laugh out loud.
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