Title: Strange Fishing in the Western Highlands
Author: Garth Nix
In: To Hold the Bridge (Garth Nix)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Australian authors, Easy reading, Fantasy
Format: Short story
Publisher: Hot Key Books
5th sentence, 74th page: The road trip was uneventful, save that I drove toward bad weather rather than away from it, and regretted borrowing a convertible rather than something more sensible from one of my other friends, as while the car looked very fine and was quite fast, it also leaked and the heater was either too hot or completely ineffective.
A young man goes on the strangest fishing trip in the Western Highlands. He thinks he’s returning for his father, but things take a completely unexpected turn.
This short story was nothing like I expected. Although, from the title, I’m really not quite sure what I expected – something about going fishing and catching a ginormous fish I suppose? Well, other than the very conclusion, there was really nothing at all about fishing in the story. But, before you begin to feel disappointed about such a lack, the amazing writing and unique journey that Nix takes you on in The Strange Fishing in the Western Highlands is well worth the journey.
Primarily, I loved the voice and the tone used to tell this story. As someone who writes, I know that it can be really hard to tell an entire story from one person’s point of view – and to keep to their voice consistent throughout. Yet, it was easy to follow the chief protagonist’s tale, and within the first two sentences, I felt immediately connected with him. His naivety, confusion and eventual acceptance of the mysterious history of the Western Highlands shines from the pages and makes this an immensely enjoyable read.
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