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Old 08-18-2010, 05:59 PM
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Just read Middleton's "On the Spine of Time" a while back and couldn't put it down,very inspiring.A great read for anyone who likes the Smokies.Ever read it?
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Old 08-18-2010, 06:14 PM
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canetuck,

I think you will find several posts on the site regarding that book and Middleton in general.

It is grand!
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Old 08-18-2010, 06:55 PM
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A grand book indeed!
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:53 PM
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Canetuck--The book is destined to be a minor classic, if it isn't already. Harry was a good and cherished friend, and his early death deprived the fly-fishing world of an extraordinary talent. If you liked this book, Ron Ellis recently edited a fine anthology of some of Harry's magazine work. It is entitled In That Sweet Country.
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Old 08-19-2010, 12:10 AM
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I like it, but "The Earth is Enough" is still my favorite work of his.
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:20 AM
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Flyman--I agree. His first book was his best, his second (On the Spine of Time) his next best, and the others appreciably lesser works. Of course "lesser" in Harry's case does not suggest a lack of quality. I also really like The Starlight Creek Angling Society, but it was done in a limited edition of 500 copies and is exceedingly rare.
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One thing in that book that I've never heard of before was the lady that read scalps. My family has a long line of pool-hall owners, moonshiners and just plain mountain folk but that piece of lore is new to me. Very cool and entertaining book.
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Old 08-19-2010, 01:51 PM
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Agreed it is a great book, one of my favorites, as is The Earth is Enough. I think I first read On the Spine of Time in 94 or 95, and have reread it 3 or 4 times since. My copy is literally falling apart. I do wish the publisher or family would reissue the Starlight Creek Angling Society. I haven't read it, too rare. Got the itch to own it years back and the auctions always ended $ 350.00 plus. A couple of others he wrote; The Bright Country, and Rivers of Memory(?), the latter a tough read. Middleton dealt with some hard times...
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Old 08-19-2010, 02:04 PM
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I like The Earth is Enough best as well, although the Spine of Time is good as well.

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easily one of my favorite authors in the outdoors/flyfishing genre. I've probably read "On the Spine of Time" maybe 4 times or so.. always loved his characters in his books and the many situations and feelings that i could relate to.
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