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Fisherman's Luck and Some Other Uncertain Things   By: (1852-1933)

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Fisherman's Luck and Some Other Uncertain Things by Henry Van Dyke is a delightful collection of stories and reflections centered around the theme of fishing. This book is a must-read for any fishing enthusiast or nature lover.

Van Dyke's writing style is eloquent and poetic, transporting readers to serene fishing spots and immersing them in the beauty of nature. His vivid descriptions of landscapes, rivers, and fish create a sensory experience that feels almost tangible. Whether you are an experienced angler or simply appreciate the outdoors, Van Dyke's words will resonate deeply with you.

The book is divided into several parts, each containing different tales and musings related to fishing. From recounting his own fishing experiences to sharing anecdotes from other anglers, Van Dyke weaves together a tapestry of captivating narratives. Each story is unique and engaging, offering a fresh perspective on the art of fishing and its transcendental qualities.

What sets this book apart is the way Van Dyke intertwines practical advice with philosophical reflections. He goes beyond the technicalities of fishing to explore deeper truths about life, nature, and the human spirit. Through his writing, he encourages readers to slow down, be present, and find solace in the natural world. His insights are profound yet accessible, making this book a source of inspiration for both seasoned fishermen and introspective individuals.

Furthermore, Fisherman's Luck and Some Other Uncertain Things is not solely about fishing. Van Dyke expertly touches on various universal themes such as patience, perseverance, and the inevitability of change. His tales are imbued with wisdom and offer valuable life lessons that can be applied to any situation. This makes the book an enriching read for anyone seeking personal growth and contemplation.

Although the book was initially published in 1899, its themes and messages remain relevant to this day. Van Dyke's love for fishing and the natural world shines through every page, enveloping readers in a sense of tranquility and awe. Fisherman's Luck and Some Other Uncertain Things is a timeless classic that will ignite a sense of adventure in the hearts of all who read it.

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by Henry van Dyke

"Now I conclude that not only in Physicke, but likewise in sundry more certaine arts, fortune hath great share in them."

M. DE MONTAIGNE: Divers Events.


Here is the basket; I bring it home to you. There are no great fish in it. But perhaps there may be one or two little ones which will be to your taste. And there are a few shining pebbles from the bed of the brook, and ferns from the cool, green woods, and wild flowers from the places that you remember. I would fain console you, if I could, for the hardship of having married an angler: a man who relapses into his mania with the return of every spring, and never sees a little river without wishing to fish in it. But after all, we have had good times together as we have followed the stream of life towards the sea. And we have passed through the dark days without losing heart, because we were comrades. So let this book tell you one thing that is certain. In all the life of your fisherman the best piece of luck is just YOU.


I. Fisherman's Luck

II. The Thrilling Moment

III. Talkability

IV. A Wild Strawberry

V. Lovers and Landscape

VI. A Fatal Success

VII. Fishing in Books

VIII... Continue reading book >>

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