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Body of Water : A Sage, a Seeker, and the World's Most Elusive Fish
by Chris Dombrowski


Overview - Chris Dombrowski was playing a numbers game: two passions--poetry and fly-fishing; two children, one of them in utero; and an income hovering perilously close to zero. Enter, at this particularly challenging moment, a miraculous email: can't go, it's all paid for, just book a flight to Miami .  Read more...

 
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Overview
Chris Dombrowski was playing a numbers game: two passions--poetry and fly-fishing; two children, one of them in utero; and an income hovering perilously close to zero. Enter, at this particularly challenging moment, a miraculous email: can't go, it's all paid for, just book a flight to Miami.

Thus began a journey that would lead to the Bahamas and to David Pinder, a legendary bonefishing guide. Bonefish are prized for their elusiveness and their tenacity. And no one was better at hunting them than Pinder, a Bahamian whose accuracy and patience were virtuosic. He knows what the fish think, said one fisherman, before they think it.

By the time Dombrowski meets Pinder, however, he has been abandoned by the industry he helped build. With cataracts from a lifetime of staring at the water and a tiny severance package after forty years of service, he watches as the world of his beloved bonefish is degraded by tourists he himself did so much to attract. But as Pinder's stories unfold, Dombrowski discovers a profound integrity and wisdom in the guide's life.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781571313522
  • ISBN-10: 1571313524
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions
  • Publish Date: October 2016
  • Page Count: 232
  • Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs
Books > Sports & Recreation > Fishing - General
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-07-18
  • Reviewer: Staff

Dombrowski (Earth Again), a poet and fly-fishing guide, pays a lyrical, genre-defying tribute to the angling legend largely responsible for popularizing the cultish sport of bonefishing: David Pinder Sr., “the head guide and cornerstone of one of the world’s most fabled sporting lodges.” In the throes of depression and financial hardship, Dombrowski accepts a friend’s invitation for an all-inclusive fishing expedition to Grand Bahama Island. He has little idea just how revelatory his journey will prove. Encountering local fishermen and stunning seascapes, as well as embarking on quests for the elusive bonefish—whose lightning speed and uncanny talent for camouflage have earned it the nickname “gray ghost”—Dombrowski gleans many lessons about ecology, economy, and the relationship between the two. Some are cautionary: decades of fishing have severely damaged Pinder’s eyesight, for example, and commercial overdevelopment has led to grave habitat loss for the bonefish and other local species. Yet there is also much to celebrate, including Pinder’s virtuosity with a fly rod and the “philosophical foundation” a life of fishing can provide. Drawing on Caribbean history and the evolution of fly-fishing, and interweaving Pinder’s miraculous memories with his own redemptive story, Dombrowski’s foray into nonfiction proves as thematically complex, finely wrought, and profoundly life-affirming as his poetry. (Oct.)

 
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