Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Good Book

No, more like a great book.

I recently rediscovered my love of reading through the pages of Feathered Tales: A Bird Hunters Grand Slam Odyssey by Joseph A. Augustine.

After a while of "I've been meaning to pick up that book" to actually picking up a copy. It was only a short time before I put down the book.  Looking back, I think I finished the book in just a few days.

From the very first pages, I knew this book was for me because I was able to relate not only to the content, but also to the author.  Relate, is saying it lightly.  As the pages flipped, I couldn't help but think how my upland hunting path was very similar to the author's. You see, Joe Augustine grew up only half and hour east of my hometown in the Finger Lakes region of New York.  He also came from a hard-working, middle class family that instilled in him a prolific work ethic.  The connection didn't stop there as I read he still runs the same breed of dog which his family had from his youth.

The obvious passion for the uplands carried me swiftly from chapter to chapter.  But it was his passion that drove the author through the adventures of chasing every huntable species of upland game behind his beloved English Setters.  No small feet for the adventures but an even greater accomplishment was putting it into words and fitting it all into one book.

If you like upland hunting behind any sort of breed, you will find this book a great read.

til next time....

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