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Early love and brook trout
Prosek, James, 1975-
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New York : Lyons Press, [2000]

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143 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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SH689.3 .P76 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This is a beautiful book of Prosek's paintings of brookies and woods wildlife, and his throughtful words.

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Booklist Review

Brook trout are artist and author Prosek's favorite fish. In his fourth book, he writes about and illustrates some of his most memorable trout-fishing trips, which, in turn, prompt reminiscences about old friends. The artwork is the real star here. Prosek's striking watercolors, which effectively combine naturalistic and impressionistic styles, perfectly capture the vitality of brook trout, the uniqueness of autumn leaves, and the intricacy of trout flies. Unfortunately, the book's text is disappointing, vague and choppy (especially in comparison to the precision of the art) and definitely not in the same league as Prosek's excellent Complete Angler: A Connecticut Yankee Follows in the Footsteps of Walton [BKL Ap 15 99]. Buy this one for the art and for Prosek's many fans. --John Rowen

Publisher's Weekly Review

In an elegant work of prose and painting, Prosek (The Complete Angler) dips freely into his past and recalls events ranging from notable hunts for brook trout--his favorite fish--to frustrated forays into teenage affection. Interspersed evenly in this coffee-table presentation are examples of Prosek's deft watercolor prints, which often speak just as effectively as the writing itself. Though muted and painterly, Prosek's watercolors render their subjects more crisply than photographs. Likewise, his writing at its best is simple, earnest and resonant, at times leaving readers with the quiet, meditative afterglow of the nature writings of Annie Dillard and Sigurd F. Olson. The book's flaw lies with the occasionally awkward variations on its central theme: the connection between the cherished brook trout and Prosek's amorous intentions can range from humorous to tenuous. "We shared a love for secret places," Prosek writes of a friend, "and imagined there were gnomes and trolls living in the rock ledge of his yard. This same sensibility translated into enjoyment of trout and, later, women." The correlation goes from unclear to uncouth with one chapter title, which is named after both a pond and a woman: "Kate's Hole." But such blemishes are not common, and Prosek's motif successfully conveys the depth of his passion for fishing. "I have written this little book," he says, "in order to capture something in myself that I never want to forget." Readers will have little doubt that he has made a lasting impression. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Early Love and Brook Trout has far too much of the former and far too little of the latter. The book is a great example of why books about young love should be written long after the fact. When he writes about angling, the 24-year-old Prosek is a decent storyteller, but when writing about relationships Prosek manages to make himself completely unsympatheticÄhe comes across as a spoiled rich kid who can't get the girl and can't figure out why. Best known for his Trout: An Illustrated History (Knopf, 1996), which caused overenthusiastic critics to compare his painting to John James Audubon, Prosek also penned a plodding memoir of his boyhood fishing experiences with game warden Joe Haines in Joe and Me (Rob Weisbach, 1997). Even Prosek's paintings do not improve this book, which at least has the merit of ending after 144 pages. Not recommended.ÄJeff Grossman, Milwaukee Area Technical Coll. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.