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Iglauer, Edith.

Madeira Park (B.C.), Harbour Publishing,1988. 306pp, cloth. $24.95. ISBN 0-920080-93-6.

Grades 12 and up
Reviewed by Joan McGrath

Volume 17 Number 1
1989 January

When Edith Iglauer married John Heywood Daly, a commercial salmon fisherman, she left behind an enviably successful and sophisticated life as an established New York City writer. John lived a great part of his time on the MoreKelp, a forty-one-foot trawler. He and Edith wanted to share his way of life in spite of the difficulties entailed. Fishing with John is her account of that shared life and of the colourful throng who peopled John's world.

Much of her list of discoveries has to do with the technical side of fishing:

John's necessary expertise in so many unsuspected fields, such as navigation, mechanics, cookery, meteorology and ship repair; John's own particular fishing gear, lovingly assembled and tended; the fishing lore he had accumulated over forty years; and his trenchant opinions of the changing scene, of the incursion of tourists, and of B.C. politics as they affected his livelihood. Even more interesting is the slowly developing picture of tall, bearded, opinionated John himself, a bit abrupt in his ways and speech.

The warm, caring relationship that made theirs a happy marriage and partnership survives in this affectionate memoir written after John's sudden death. It will probably be of limited interest to readers too young as yet to appreciate the artistry required for the construction of a lasting and loving marriage, but it should be popular with anyone sharing John's devotion to salmon fishery, whether for sport or as a profession.

Joan McGrath, Toronto Board of Education, Toronto, Ont.
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