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A Place on the Water: An Angler's Reflections on Home Hardcover – Sep 1993


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr (September 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312098111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312098117
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

Home for Dennis ( It's Raining Frogs and Fishes ) is Michigan's Upper Peninsula. There he has fished streams from the Soo in the East to rivers in Ontonagan County in the West, adding an occasional trip to the northernmost area of the Lower Peninsula. Although his father was addicted to bass fishing, Dennis early became an aficionado of angling for trout. He also developed a fondness for canoeing; one of his book's best passages chronicles a trip down the roiling white waters of the Presque Isle River. Another chapter covers his efforts to prove that Ernest Hemingway, who spent several summers as a youth in the U.P., was not writing about the Two Hearted River in his famous story bearing that title. The collection, gathered from pieces that have appeared in the New York Times , Outdoor Life and other publications, will interest ecologists, campers and nature lovers of any stripe or speckle.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Pleasant essays--five of which won first-prize awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America--on a youth spent fishing and canoeing the lakes and rivers of northern Michigan, by Dennis (It's Raining Frogs and Fishes, 1992--not reviewed). Having grown up in the 1960's in the vicinity of Michigan's Silver and Long lakes and Au Sable and Boardman rivers, Dennis is able to write of waters once teeming with fish but now barren--and, happily, of once-barren waters now full of fish. He seems to have done a lot of his fishing at night, claiming that nocturnal angling offers ``your best hope of deceiving a large brown trout with an artificial fly.'' In one piece, he and his teenage buddies jump a fence in the dark of night to fish a string of farm ponds in the middle of a pasture filled with grazing buffalo. In others, like ``A New-Moon Bass'' and ``Night Paddling,'' Dennis recalls fishing with his father and floating ``through the darkness on muggy summer nights.'' In 1970, he tells us, he observed hundreds of lake trout circling hypnotically in the glow of dock lights. Though a pilgrimage to the Fox River (Hemingway's model for ``Big Two- Hearted River'') disappoints him, Dennis is pleased to meet Robert Traver, the late author of Anatomy of a Murder. Traver, a former state supreme court justice, delights Dennis by taking him into the back woods to his favorite fishing hole. Dennis also hunts for a legendary huge ``old brown'' living in a dark, still pool of the Boardman. He never catches the fish, but, as he notes, ``catching a trout like that isn't the point. The point, of course, is believing that he's there.'' Smooth, with a gently impressionistic touch--like easy- listening radio for anglers. (Line illustrations--some seen) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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This is the first book by Jerry Dennis that I have read, and I love it! I grew up in Michigan and have fished some of the same places mentioned in the book. He shares some very fasinating childhood tales. I couldn't put it down until I had read it from cover to cover. Enjoy!
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By D. Kolton on Jan. 14 2000
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Jerry weaves a number of tales from his boyhood through life with fine dexterity and aptitude towards the human experience. The short story of Christmas and the death of his friends father was especially touching. You won't be diappointed.
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I think this is probably the best outdoor book I have ever read. Jerry Dennis has a way of making you laugh and realize how much the water means to you as an angler. Every angler should have a copy of this book in their library.
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A Place on the Water: An Angler's Reflections on Home. Feb. 17 2000
By K. Elliott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the first book by Jerry Dennis that I have read, and I love it! I grew up in Michigan and have fished some of the same places mentioned in the book. He shares some very fasinating childhood tales. I couldn't put it down until I had read it from cover to cover. Enjoy!
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A fine read... Jan. 14 2000
By D. Kolton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Jerry weaves a number of tales from his boyhood through life with fine dexterity and aptitude towards the human experience. The short story of Christmas and the death of his friends father was especially touching. You won't be diappointed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Place on the Water Dec 23 2007
By L. A. Trochlil - Published on Amazon.com
A Place on the Water: An Angler's Reflections on Home
My first review and this book deserves it. "A Place on the Water" belongs on the shelf of every outdoorsman, especially if you have fished the Midwest. Fully captures the joys of youth, family, friends, and the outdoors. The best of short story, outdoor writing.
Wonderful. Dec 16 2010
By Sarah Ibis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Jerry Dennis, where have you been all my life? This is an author that deserves awards, accolades, and a place on every bookshelf in America. He's wonderful. A midwesterner to the core, a lover of the great outdoors and literature, a man's man, a dying breed. I recommend Jerry Dennis to everyone. He has a wonderful sense of drama, of place, of struggle and character, of peace and discovery. He's concise. He's observant. He's direct. I wish he was single. His book on the Great Lakes is an absolute favorite (the Great Lakes are one of my big passions) but this little gem on fishing made even this die hard city girl want to take up rod and reel. Read Jerry Dennis. Tell your friends to read Jerry Dennis. I wish I could read him again for the first time. Five glorious stars.
A PLACE ON MY BOOKSHELF Sept. 25 2008
By Robert L. Brockett - Published on Amazon.com
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Jerry Dennis' A PLACE ON THE WATER is a quiet treasure of memories early and late. The writing is spare and pristine. Good essay requires truth and no rush to judgment, a healthy restraint from embellishment and, above all, brevity. Dennis succeeds on all fronts. Like a diamond among rubies, the piece entitled "Brook Trout in Traver Country" stands out as an enduring portrayal of time, place, and one truly unforgettable character. Though from Illinois, I have fished and paddled the waters of Michigan for over twenty years now, and as Jerry Dennis suggests, it would take more than one puny life to really know any one piece of it. Think of this book as an elegant, almost hushed, primer on that road. I would like to meet this Mr. Dennis.


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