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DOWNLOAD Ý Jak jsem potkal ryby ß How I Came to Know Fish 1974 is Ota Pavel's magical memoir of his childhood in Czechoslovakia Fishing with his father and his Uncle Prosek – the two finest fishermen in the world – he takes a peaceful pleasure from the rivers and ponds of his country But when the Nazis invade his father and two older brothers arSS to feed his family With tales of his father’s battle to provide for his family both in wealthy freedom and in terrifying persecution this is one boy’s passionate and affecting tale of life love and fishing. I only wish this book was twice as long The stories in this book touch on life and survival death humour compassion With his pen he breaks your heart then you turn the page and he makes you laugh Mostly for me I heard my father's voice as I read this book such similarities of experiences Truly enjoyed it wish Pavel had written it's sad he died so young

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How I Came to Know Fish 1974 is Ota Pavel's magical memoir of his childhood in Czechoslovakia Fishing with his father and his Uncle Prosek – the two finest fishermen in the world – he takes a peaceful pleasur. Don't get me wrong I liked this book just like the first one the writing was still very good and the character of writer in his young days than just sympathetic But this book was 30% of young Otto and 70% of fishing Yes you read me right fishing Hence How I Came to Know Fish title is rather literal It was fishing story after fishing story of course it wasn't the main subject just a scenery but still And I find listening to fishing stories told by fishers as something extremely boring and tedious and sleep inducing And I'm saying it with all the responsibility as a daughter of fisher who is enjoying all these endless fishing shows on Discovery channel he's definitely a target audience So it's my very personal problem with this book not like it wasn't enjoyable in other ways It's a good book putting a sad smile on reader's face And not because of fishing And there's a great poetry in depiction of fish Weirdly enough especially that you know they all will mostly go to author's belly after catching

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Jak jsem potkal rybyE from the rivers and ponds of his country But when the Nazis invade his father and two older brothers are sent to concentration camps and Pavel must steal their confiscated fish back from under the noses of the. One cannot help but loving this thin thin book collecting a bunch of short stories written by Ota Pavel in the very last years of his short and troubled life Perhaps one of the reasons to fall in love with How I Came to Know Fish is its brevity a shortness that appears to be deeply related with the unfortunate but nonetheless joyful life of its authorBorn Otto Popper Ota Pavel was the son of Jewish father and a Christian mother A condition that saved him from concentration camps during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia while his dad and elder brothers couldn't skip them but were among those who managed to come back homeIn communist Czechoslovakia the young PopperPavel became a good hockey player and an outdoor activities enthusiast choosing a career of sport reporter which allowed him to follow his two greatest passions writing and hockey Everything looked smooth and fine for Ota Pavel but on a bad day in 1964 a sudden crack in the thin Austrian ice claimed him and his brains As he himself recounts in the Epilogue of this bookI went mad at the winter Olympics in Innsbruck My brain got cloudy as if a fog from the Alps had enveloped it In that condition I came face to face with one gentleman the Devil He looked the part He had hooves fur horns and rotten teeth that looked hundreds of years old With this figure in my mind I climbed the hills above Innsbruck and torched a farm building I was convinced that only a brilliant bonfire could burn off the fog As I was leading the cows and horses from the barn the Austrian police arrived They handcuffed me and took me down into the valley I cursed them pulled off my shoes and walked barefoot through the snow I was thinking of Christ as he was led to the crossAnd from that moment on the avalanche which eventually took the life of Ota Pavel nine years later due to a heart attack he was only 43 started to roll down the Austrian mountains heading to Prague Pavel was delivered to doctors and spent the rest of his days from a mental hospital to another one He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder or so it seemsThose were the days when Ota Pavel understood that the greatest time of his life was already behind him and he decided to recount the very best of it Those were the days when he wrote the short stories you can find in this bookHow I Came to Know Fish is a somehow chaotic but very poignant and ironic collection of Ota Pavel's childhood memories written with a surreal magical touch which makes them uniue I'm not a great connoisseur of Czech literature and certainly Pavel was a very peculiar sort of writer having left only memoirs short stories and sport articles there is a second English translated book by him about fishing eels And yet the few childhood stories reunited here have the power to create an atmosphere of their own It's true there are a few elements the provincial Czech town the Nazi occupation the young age of the protagonist OtaOtto's relation with is dad which could remind a novel like The Cowards but I think that in his best moments Pavel is even better than ŠkvoreckýA short story like At the Service of Sweden is a delicious Czech cupcake with a bittersweet taste and an international irresistible touch And the rest of Ota's short stories are eually brilliant in their obstinate looking at the bright side of life poking fun at the Nazi occupiers rather than crying on an ill fateSure the thread here is the time spent fishing outdoors feeding carps and looking for the perfect pond to catch them But the power of this book is in its message as long as you have a rod wits and know how to use it no one will ever be able to pull you downPS It seems like the original Czech version of this book titled Smrt krásných srnců The Death of Beautiful Deer includes at least a couple of short stories set in the 1950s Only those at Penguin know why there was no room for this stuff in the English edition of the book Perhaps a second short stories collection by Ota Pavel will come later on