Billy Watson's Croker Sack: Essays

Franklin Burroughs, Author
Franklin Burroughs, Author W. W. Norton & Company $18.95 (149p) ISBN 978-0-393-02893-5
Reviewed on: 02/04/1991
Release date: 02/01/1991
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When he first saw a wild moose, the author was struck by its peaceable quality; it did not seem to belong in a world of predator and prey. Burroughs, who teaches English at Bowdoin College, goes on to discuss the moose-hunting controversy in Maine. In another essay, a snapping turtle on the highway reminds him of an eerie incident during his childhood in South Carolina. In these captivating tales Burroughs expatiates as well on fishing and duck-hunting. His ``daddy'' taught him to fish--a serious business during which it was important not to have a good time. He contrasts his fishing experiences with those of Nick Adams in Hemingway's ``Big Two-Hearted River.'' On duck-hunting, Burroughs conveys in vivid detail the allure of the sport, from decoys to the chill mornings in a blind. His most sensitive piece describes putting down the old family dog, Jacob. A pleasure to read, these essays contemplate the connections between humans and nature. Illustrated. (Feb.)
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