“It would sweeten a man’s temper at any time to read it,” wrote essayist Charles Lamb some years after this novel was first published in 1653. Of course, The Compleat Angler is much more than just a 17th century “how-to” guide to catching and cooking fish. So disarming is Mr. Walton’s quiet enthusiasm for the countryside and all the various delights that it contains that, even if you never have nor ever will pick up a fishing rod, you will benefit from a little time spent in the genial company of the author and his friends.
Fishing is one of humankind's oldest activities, and every fisherman knows this sport is about much more than catching a fish. Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler may be a primer on fishing. However, this angling book remains current, almost four centuries after it was written, because it embraces the serenity of the natural world. Nelson Runger's performance is as calm as a day spent on the lakeside. With clear articulation, Runger handles Walton's 17th-century grammar with ease. For its intelligence and humor, fishermen and nature lovers alike will enjoy this gem of an audiobook.
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