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Angling Sketches   By: (1844-1912)

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Angling Sketches by Andrew Lang is a delightful collection of stories centered around the art and sport of fishing. Lang, a renowned author and avid angler, takes readers on an engaging journey through various fishing adventures, capturing the essence of this beloved pastime.

The book is structured as a series of anecdotes, each offering a glimpse into the world of angling. Lang's writing style is captivating and filled with subtle humor, painting vivid pictures of his experiences on the water. Whether it is his encounters with elusive trout or the challenges of fly fishing, Lang's accounts are both educational and entertaining.

One of the highlights of Angling Sketches is Lang's ability to weave in elements of history and literature into his angling tales. He effortlessly references classic works and famous figures, adding depth and richness to the narrative. This integration of different disciplines elevates the book beyond a simple fishing guide, making it a delightful read for both angling enthusiasts and general readers alike.

Lang's passion for fishing shines through in every chapter, and his love for the sport is infectious. He shares his personal insights, techniques, and even his own failures, making the book relatable to anglers of all levels of expertise. Whether novice or seasoned, readers will find themselves engaged and inspired by Lang's words.

Furthermore, Lang's attention to detail in describing the natural surroundings further enhances the reading experience. From tranquil rivers to secluded lakeshores, his vivid descriptions transport the reader to the heart of each fishing location. This immersion in nature provides a sense of escapism, allowing readers to vicariously partake in the joys of angling.

While Angling Sketches primarily focuses on angling, it also delves deeper into the philosophical aspects of the sport. Lang muses on the serenity and introspection that fishing offers, emphasizing its therapeutic and meditative qualities. Through his words, he captures the spiritual connection between angler and nature, as well as the bond shared among fellow fishermen.

Overall, Angling Sketches is a delightful and insightful book that celebrates the art of fishing. Andrew Lang's passion, wit, and literary prowess make this collection an enjoyable read for anyone interested in angling or simply appreciating the wonders of the natural world. Whether one is casting a line or cozying up with a cup of tea, this book promises to transport readers to the tranquil waters and capture their hearts.

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Preface Note to New Edition The Confessions of a Duffer A Border Boyhood Loch Awe Loch Fishing Loch Leven The Bloody Doctor The Lady or the Salmon? A Tweedside Sketch The Double Alibi The Complete Bungler






Several of the sketches in this volume have appeared in periodicals. "The Bloody Doctor" was in Macmillan's Magazine , "The Confessions of a Duffer," "Loch Awe," and "The Lady or the Salmon?" were in the Fishing Gazette , but have been to some extent re written. "The Double Alibi" was in Longman's Magazine . The author has to thank the Editors and Publishers for permission to reprint these papers.

The gem engraved on the cover is enlarged from a small intaglio in the collection of Mr. M. H. N. STORY MASKELYNE, M.P. Such gems were recommended by Clemens of Alexandria to the early Christians. "The figure of a man fishing will put them in mind of the Apostle." Perhaps the Greek is using the red hackle described by AElian in the only known Greek reference to fly fishing.


The historical version of the Black Officer's career, very unlike the legend in "Loch Awe," may be read in Mr... Continue reading book >>

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