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The River Why [David James Duncan] on The classic novel of fly fishing and spirituality republished with a new Afterword by the author. books are available for instant access. view Kindle eBook | view Audible audiobook. The river why by David James Duncan, , Bantam Books edition, - Bantam Windstone ed. The classic novel of fly fishing and spirituality, originally published in Since its publication in , THE RIVER WHY has Read More. Genre: Fiction.

Like other species, we have a culture. But by comparison with other species, we are strangely unstable: human cultures self-transform, diverge, and multiply with bewildering speed. They vary, radically and rapidly, from time to time and place to place. And the way we live — our manners, morals, habits, experiences, relationships, technology, values — seems to be changing at an ever accelerating pace. The effects can be dislocating, baffling,sometimes terrifying. Why is this? Combining insights from a huge range of disciplines, including history, biology, anthropology, archaeology, philosophy, sociology, ethology, zoology, primatology, psychology, linguistics, the cognitive sciences, andeven business studies, he argues that culture is exempt from evolution. Ultimately, no environmental conditions, no genetic legacy, no predictable patterns, no scientific laws determine our behaviour. We can consequently make and remake our world in the freedom of unconstrained imaginations.

Pia was that friend you love with a twinge of resentment. Five unanswered texts. Pia laughed. We need to make our reservations.

Like, by tomorrow. Rachel and Sandra are chomping at the bit to go, but they have to make their travel plans. We all do. No results. I mean, is it legit?

Already I was ashamed of my wussiness. I pictured her power walking through her Cambridge neighborhood, wrist weights flashing neon. She laughed, softening to me now. And Sandra? Do nothing and just bake. Then call me. Did she really think that was all I was interested in? Who was the one who rented the bike the last time we went to the Cape?

Just me, as I recalled, while all of them sat around the rental pouring more and more tequila into the blender each day.

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The air hit me, muggy and warm, dense with chlorine that barely masked an underwhiff of urine and sweat. Children laughed and punched at the blue water in the shallow end as I padded over to my favorite lane, which was. It was and frog man had beat me to it. For close to a year, this nonagenarian ear, nose, and throat doc tor and I had been locked in a mostly silent daily battle over the best lane—far left-hand side, under the skylights—from to each weekday morning.

I imagined we both craved this mindless exercise, thoughts freed by the calming boredom of swimming and near weightlessness. I plopped down on a hard plastic seat, pouting inside but feigning serenity as I watched him slap through his slow-motion crawl.

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He appeared to lose steam near the end of a lap, then climbed the ladder out of the pool as only a ninety-year-old can: with careful deliberation in every step. He uncorked his goggles with a soft sucking sound. I noticed his eyes seemed a bit wearier than usual, even for a man his age who had just worked his daily laps.

Though very sad today. He took a towel and poked at his ears with it. A gold cross hung from a glimmering chain around his thin neck, the skin white and rubbery looking. My hands trembled as I gripped the steel ladder and made my way down into the antiseptic blue.

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I pushed off. Eyes shut tight and heart pumping, I watched the words She was about your age hover in my brain until the letters dissolved into nothingness.

The horror of his offhand observation numbed me as I turned and floated on my back, breathing heavily in the oppressive air. I had barely toweled myself off when my phone lit up with a text from Pia.

A question mark, that was it. Followed by three more. Methodically I removed my work clothes from my locker, arranging them neatly on the bench behind me.

I pulled off my bathing cap, sat down, and picked up the phone.

My thumbs hovered over the keys as I shivered in the overheated locker room. I took a deep breath—shampoo, rubber, mold, a sting of disinfectant—and slowly let it out, a sharp pain lodging in my gut. What was I so afraid of?

Pool water dripped from my hair, beading on the phone as I commanded myself to text something. Plus, receive recommendations for your next Book Club read. By clicking 'Sign me up' I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the privacy policy and terms of use. Must redeem within 90 days.

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This reading group guide for The River at Night includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion.

We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book. Four women pack up and go on what they know will be a challenging—but also hopefully fun and refreshing—trip, only to find themselves thrust into a scene out of a horror film.

But Wini and her friends soon realize that the kindness of strangers cannot always be trusted, and their worst nightmares suddenly become realities. With twists and turns as unpredictable as the river itself, The River at Night is a breathtaking thriller that forces us to consider how one survives when nothing—and no one—can be trusted. Discuss how nature, specifically the woods and the river, act as a character in the novel.

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