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The Fish's Eye

The Fish's Eye

Essays About Angling and the Outdoors

Ian Frazier

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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In The Fish's Eye: Essays about Angling and the Outdoors, Ian Frazier explores his lifelong passion for fishing, fish, and the aquatic world. He sees the angler's environment all around him-in New York's Grand Central Station, in the cement-lined pond of a city park, in a shimmering bonefish flat in the Flordia keys, in the trout streams of the Rocky Mountains. He marvels at the fishing in the turbid Ohio River by downtown Cincinatti, where a good bait for catfsh is half a White Castle french fry. The incidentals of the angling experience, the who and the where of it, interest him as much as what he catches and how. The essays (including the famous profile of master angler Jim Deren, late proprietor of New York's tackle store, the Angler's Roost) contain sharply focused observations of the American outdoors, a place filled with human alterations and detritus that somehow remains defiantly unruined. Frazier's simple love of the sport lifts him to straight -ahead angling description that are among the best contemporary writing on the subject. The Fish's Eye brings together twenty years of heartfelt, funny, and vivid essays on a timeless pursuit where so many mysteries, both human and natural, coincide.

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On the paved shores of the Harlem Meer (one of six ponds in the city's park system which the State Department of Environmental Conservation—in cooperation with the New York City Parks Department, the New...

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Praise for The Fish's Eye

“Extraordinary...Reading [Ian Frazier] one thinks of such American originals as John McPhee, Wallace Stegner, Edward Hoagland, Peter Matthiessen, and Evan S. Connell.” —The Washington Post Book World

“Trust Ian Frazier to break new ground in the literature about fishing...his humor and imagination infuse the seventeen essays...with the manic enthusiasm few anglers can ever explain.” —The New York Times Book Review

“[Frazier] is a keen observer and a genuine lover of nature. On every page is a description that brings the air, sky, water, rocks, flies, and fish stunningly, startlingly to life.” —The Boston Globe

The Fish's Eye deserves a place in every tackle box on every creek bank in America....A prodigious but casual genius... Frazier's also a whale of a reporter.” —San Francisco Examiner

“Deliciously bent outdoor essays, most of which involve a fly rod.” —Men's Journal

“It's hard to imagine a more heartfelt book, or one more lovingly rendered.” —Booklist (starred review)

“[Frazier's] such an incredible writer that even readers who don't care much about fishing will find in The Fish's Eye a welcoming spot to sit and cast about pondering the depths of life.” —Los Angeles Times

“Witty, insightful...This gem belongs in waterproof pockets and urban backpacks.” —New York Post

“A great read...[He] is a kindred spirit whose writing has the warmth and humbleness of an old friend.” —Big Sky Journal

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About the author

Ian Frazier

Ian Frazier lives in Montclair, New Jersey. He is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker, among other publications. His previous books include Great Plains, On the Rez, Family, and Coyote V. Acme.

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