Luther Corhern’s Salmon Camp Chronicles

By (author): Herb Curtis

Luther Corhern, Miramichi guide and keeper of Cavender Bill’s Salmon Camp log, never met a fisherman in his life (other than Stan Tuney) who would tell you a lie. It’s a good thing, too — you’d have a job on your hands if you had to sort fact from fiction in Lute’s chronicles. Here’s the situation: a rich American has bought the old Cavender place and turned it into a fishing camp.

Now known as Cavender Bill, he takes in fellow American “sports” as guests, hiring Lute and his friends as guides. Cav thinks the sports would enjoy a log: a fishing record embellished with guides’ stories. Lute, with his grade six education, is the natural choice to man the Underwood Deluxe. Now, Lute is a dreamer, and it would be fair to say that Luther Corhern’s Salmon Camp Chronicles strays somewhat from its original purpose. It contains stories about Lute’s friends Nean “short for Neanderthal” Kooglin, Elvis “formerly Hogarth” Glasby, Lindon Tucker, and lying Stan Tuney. Dryfly Ramsey, Shadrack Nash, and Kid and Corry Lauder show up, too. But Lute’s mind ranges in all directions, over topics such as a computer that sends letters from the future, the curative power of mackerel tied to the feet, golf, and Christmas. The weather, however, isn’t what it used to be. According to Elvis, “She used to be a lot colder when we were operatin’ under Fahrenheit. Old Celsius don’t seem to have the bite in it, so it don’t.” But every topic leads Lute back to the salmon and to the mystical river that’s home to man and fish alike.

AUTHOR

Herb Curtis

David Richards has written two historical novels for young adults, Soldier Boys (Thistledown Press, 1993) and Lady at Batoche (Thistledown Press, 1999) and The Plough’s Share, a historical novel set in late nineteenth century England and detailing Canada’s Barr Colonist experience. David Richards lives in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Reviews

Luther Corhern’s boss at the Salmon Camp, an angler’s paradise on the Miramichi River, decides that his sports would enjoy a log: a fishing record embellished with yarns. Lute’s the natural choice to man the old Remington. Lute is a dreamer. Especially off-season, his mind ranges in all directions: a computer that sends letters from the future, the curative power of salt herring tied to the feet, golf, and Christmas. But every topic leads back to the salmon and the mystical river that’s home to man and fish alike.
“Herb Curtis’s achievement is exact . . . the good old days are now. Curtis’s Miramichi is an Arcadia.”
The Fiddlehead

“Curtis has a deft hand with dialogue and a keen sense of human nature . . . a book that’s engaging to read even if you can’t tell a No. 10 Green Machine from a No. 8 Black Bear.”
Coast Life

“What a pleasure it is to return, with Curtis as our guide, to the Miramichi River . . . [Luther] is a born storyteller.”
Canadian Book Review Annual

“A collection of tales as unassuming and down-to-earth funny as its author. Herb Curtis’s gentle-hearted humour flows through the book like the Miramichi River itself.”

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Luther Corhern, Miramichi guide and keeper of Cavender Bill’s Salmon Camp log, never met a fisherman in his life (other than Stan Tuney) who would tell you a lie. It’s a good thing, too — you’d have a job on your hands if you had to sort fact from fiction in Lute’s chronicles. Here’s the situation: a rich American has bought the old Cavender place and turned it into a fishing camp.

Now known as Cavender Bill, he takes in fellow American “sports” as guests, hiring Lute and his friends as guides. Cav thinks the sports would enjoy a log: a fishing record embellished with guides’ stories. Lute, with his grade six education, is the natural choice to man the Underwood Deluxe. Now, Lute is a dreamer, and it would be fair to say that Luther Corhern’s Salmon Camp Chronicles strays somewhat from its original purpose. It contains stories about Lute’s friends Nean “short for Neanderthal” Kooglin, Elvis “formerly Hogarth” Glasby, Lindon Tucker, and lying Stan Tuney. Dryfly Ramsey, Shadrack Nash, and Kid and Corry Lauder show up, too. But Lute’s mind ranges in all directions, over topics such as a computer that sends letters from the future, the curative power of mackerel tied to the feet, golf, and Christmas. The weather, however, isn’t what it used to be. According to Elvis, “She used to be a lot colder when we were operatin’ under Fahrenheit. Old Celsius don’t seem to have the bite in it, so it don’t.” But every topic leads Lute back to the salmon and to the mystical river that’s home to man and fish alike.

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Details

Dimensions:

184 Pages
8.5in * 5.5in * 0.48in
250gr

Published:

April 01, 1999

Publisher:

Goose Lane Editions

ISBN:

9780864922687

Book Subjects:

FICTION / Short Stories

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Language:

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