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Backwater | Dorothy Richardson
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PREFACE. THE Author of this very practical treatise on Scotch Loch - Fishing desires clearly that it may be of use to all who had it. He does not pretend to have written anything new, but to have attempted to put what he has to say in as readable a form as possible. Everything in the way of the history and habits of fish has been studiously avoided, and technicalities have been used as sparingly as possible. The writing of this book has afforded him pleasure in his leisure moments, and that pleasure would be much increased if he knew that the perusal of it would create any bond of sympathy between himself and the angling community in general. This section is interleaved with blank shects for the readers notes. The Author need hardly say that any suggestions addressed to the case of the publishers, will meet with consideration in a future edition. We do not pretend to write or enlarge upon a new subject. Much has been said and written-and well said and written too on the art of fishing but loch-fishing has been rather looked upon as a second-rate performance, and to dispel this idea is one of the objects for which this present treatise has been written. Far be it from us to say anything against fishing, lawfully practised in any form but many pent up in our large towns will bear us out when me say that, on the whole, a days loch-fishing is the most convenient. One great matter is, that the loch-fisher is depend- ent on nothing but enough wind to curl the water, -and on a large loch it is very seldom that a dead calm prevails all day, -and can make his arrangements for a day, weeks beforehand whereas the stream- fisher is dependent for a good take on the state of the water and however pleasant and easy it may be for one living near the banks of a good trout stream or river, it is quite another matter to arrange for a days river-fishing, if one is looking forward to a holiday at a date some weeks ahead. Providence may favour the expectant angler with a good day, and the water in order but experience has taught most of us that the good days are in the minority, and that, as is the case with our rapid running streams, -such as many of our northern streams are, -the water is either too large or too small, unless, as previously remarked, you live near at hand, and can catch it at its best. A common belief in regard to loch-fishing is, that the tyro and the experienced angler have nearly the same chance in fishing, -the one from the stern and the other from the bow of the same boat. Of all the absurd beliefs as to loch-fishing, this is one of the most absurd. Try it. Give the tyro either end of the boat he likes give him a cast of ally flies he may fancy, or even a cast similar to those which a crack may be using and if he catches one for every three the other has, he may consider himself very lucky. Of course there are lochs where the fish are not abundant, and a beginner may come across as many as an older fisher but we speak of lochs where there are fish to be caught, and where each has a fair chance. Again, it is said that the boatman has as much to do with catching trout in a loch as the angler. Well, we dont deny that. In an untried loch it is necessary to have the guidance of a good boatman but the same argument holds good as to stream-fishing...
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JenniferP
Pilgrimage: Backwater | Dorothy M. Richardson
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Starting the 7th novel of Dorothy Richardson‘s Pilgrimage, Revolving Lights. I‘ve been reading this all year and loving it. #virago #1001books

Liz_M I agree with the LT comments about needing a character chart. Most of the time I am able to just float along, but for some reason in Revolving Lights it is bothering me that I can't remember the characters that appeared in the earlier volumes! 5mo
JenniferP I just started it and I can‘t even figure out who she‘s having the initial conversation with! 5mo
LisaMorr Uh-oh - something to look forward to? 🤪 5mo
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BookwormM
Backwater | Dorothy Richardson
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#Reading1001

The 1st 3 volumes of Pilgrimage or the story of how Miriam continues to bore me.

Leftcoastzen That photo ! Place looks familiar, but can‘t place it 9mo
BookwormM @Leftcoastzen I searched German village in Typorama and that was the picture I liked best 9mo
Leftcoastzen It‘s super cute. 9mo
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LisaMorr
Backwater | Dorothy Richardson
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Richardson‘s stream of consciousness writing brings lack of dental care to life; eating bread:
‘But here every slice seemed better than the last. When she began at the hard thick edge there always seemed to be tender places on her gums, her three hollow teeth were uneasy and she had to get through worrying thoughts about them - they would get worse as the years went by, and the little places in front would grow big and painful and disfiguring.‘

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Liz_M
Backwater | Dorothy Richardson
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I read most of this camped out in the kitchen while painters were at work in the main room of my studio. So not the best circumstances in which to focus.

The novel continues to be charming and I very much identify with Miriam's bouts of insecurity and introversion. Set in a girls school in a London suburb, I felt the author and the narrator found this time in her life less interesting and thus it was less interesting to the reader.

3.5 🌟

DreesReads Agree! 11mo
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Kristelh
Pilgrimage: Backwater | Dorothy M. Richardson
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Started #yearlongread #1001 #reading1001 starting with Pointed Roofs. There are 13 chapters. Read 37 pages a week and you will make it. @vivastory @JenniferP @BarbaraBB

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great! I love that you worked it out already! 13mo
BarbaraBB Great! Are you buddy reading with @Liz_M ? 13mo
vivastory I have the first volume ready to go. I'm looking forward to it! 13mo
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Kristelh Is @Liz_M also reading Pilgrimage? All are welcome 13mo
Kristelh @barbarrabb is @Liz_M also reading Pilgrimage? All are welcome 13mo
JenniferP Looking forward to it! I‘ll start later this month. My reading habits lead me to believe I will read each volume all at once rather than thinking of reading some each day. 13mo
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