1991 "First Edition" stated on copyright page; Henry Holt and Company publishers, New York; hardbound in red boards with blue lettering along spine; very good condition with unmarked pages; decorative dust jacket very good.
The author journeys through the great outdoors with tales of Rancid Crabtree, Retch Sweeney, Game Warden Sneed, and fish-eating shrimp in Lake Blight.
You don't have to be a hunter or camper to enjoy this collection of hilarious stories by a writer who is often compared to Mark Twain and Garrison Keillor. In fact, the charm of Patrick F. McManus' work is that it provides plenty of reasons for staying indoors, surrounded by friendly appliances. You'll laugh aloud as McManus and his friends, including Rancid and Crazy Eddie, venture into the great outdoors to face formidable foes like truck campers, tackle boxes, and boat engines.
Digging into his vast knapsack of anecdotes, McManus offers them as guides for the bumpier trails of life. Although his stories are wacky, McManus never resorts to profanity or crudity, even when he is considering Teenagers from Hell or Strange Meets Matilda Jean. Narrator Norman Dietz perfectly captures the baffled lunacy that characterizes these reminiscences and quests for the sportsman's perfect moment.