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Flashes in the Murk

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Outside is about fishing in the way that The Rings of Saturn is about a moody man going for a walk. Though at some point in nearly all these pieces fish – pike, roach, grayling, bass, zander – do appear, the book’s real subject is Being Outside: and the stress is on being

McCully is writing from outside whatever comfort zone his life once offered. He has left his former academic employment, left the UK, left marriages and friends, left the prop of alcohol, and moved to a particularly bleak part of Holland, composed of mud, wind, rain, murk, and fish. He is outside his own culture, about which he is a self-confessed grump.

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