Originally Posted by mrl0004
How do you pronounce his last name? Like "gear-ark?" Always wondered, and never heard it. I am now reading my first book by him, "Even brook trout get the blues." That's all I have to go off of......maybe I should have started with "Trout Bum."
I believe it is "GEAR-ack"...at least that's what I say.
I agree with Frank. I have read quite a few of his books, and they are very repetitive. I wouldn't worry about which one you read first, while some are stronger than others they all have the wisdom and wit that makes Gierach famous and lovable, some just more than others. I recall really enjoying "The View from Rat Lake". When he is funny he is really funny.
I get real tired of the "back in the good ole days" stuff too, the "grumpy old man" syndrome when everything used to be better, there were fewer people, no one cared about what you wore...etc.
I know that a lot of us share those feelings and I actually think it is important to read them and be turned off by the arrogance. For me, it reminds to not act like that. I will say that I think that Gierach is good at not being overly grumpy or crusty, but usually I prefer to not read it at all.
I mean what is the point of reading about how much better the sport was 40 years ago? That is gone, I missed it. Should I just mope around and feel bad that the world isn't the same place, that the trout fishing isn't as good now as it was then? Of course not, so what is the point of constantly being told that?