David James Duncan


I just started reading The River Why and I am "hooked!"

>>By Tim Stout   (Tuesday, 18 Mar 2003 05:01)

His new book, My Story as Told by Water, is a riveting collection of personal essays. Not a tin note in the whole book. If you are an environmentalist or even just studying to be a "creative nonfiction" writer, you need to read this book. At times touching and hilarious.

>>By Erin   (Friday, 28 Mar 2003 17:09)

You taught me how to deal with working at the pulp mill in Missoula.

>>By David Putman   (Thursday, 3 Apr 2003 06:26)

fantastic writer (righter than right) but nonethefrigginless (tmesis!) i wish i could sit down and just meet mr. duncan (salinger being the only other i'd like to meet more). your writing david has been such a great influence i find it hard to not go back to your books for more inspiration (e.e. cummings is like that too)...i've read bros k twice and i plan to buy nijinsky host saturday night live when it comes out-just like my story as told by water (i'm trying to get my dad to read it- his fave is river why.) mr. duncan me hats off ta ya...yur a fin writa and i don't want to boost egos or hop in the sack with ya (i'm married to a beautiful girl (nope not Eddy) named heather). "That ol' morrow was doubtless the biggest bastard that ever went to Pencey." "Sensitive, hah that killed me. Ol Morrow was about as sensitive as a goddam toilet seat."

>>By Rod Foster (missoula born); whitefish raised   (Monday, 14 Apr 2003 19:26)

David James Duncan is able to convey very complex ideas in the vernacular of the common man. Which is just the way I like my complex ideas expalined. I am able to place myself in his works and aspire to grow like his heros do. The River Why and The Brothers K are on my list of great American works of literature keeping company with John Steinbeck and Mark Twain. His books are great to read, a fine example of how to write well and offer wisdom on how to live a life filled with learning.

>>By Armondo Galaviz   (Monday, 5 May 2003 05:12)

It seems to be a lost art to tell a meaningful story with humor and compassion but Duncan manages to make both "River" and "Brothers" not only important to read but highly entertaining . I see mentioned here a new book . Is it a novel ? I've been looking forward to his next novel since the day I finished "The Brothers K"

>>By goddog   (Sunday, 16 Nov 2003 07:08)

I teach The River Why as part of my high school senior English class. They thought "Oh great, another fishing story, " at first but now are fired up about becoming adults.

>>By englishtroutteacher   (Monday, 1 Dec 2003 23:11)

I have read these books...half done w/ "Story...". As a writer, I am in thrall with brute and unabashed honesty with subject, characters, setting, etc. I only prefer to read what is best spoken as if the ear and mind can taste. Hermann Hesse is one such a writer. One of my favorite things to do is to go into the forest and read from River Teeth or even this new one out loud to the trees and its inhabitants. I don't "just read" but I "breathe" David's words and hikers stop...and sit...and listen...

>>By repercush   (Wednesday, 10 Dec 2003 06:53)

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