The Model 12 Winchester As A Way of Life
by John Hewitt
hardcover, 336 pages, 9″ x 6″
published June 2013
From the dustjacket:
One of the differences between Nash Buckingham and John Hewitt (other than the obvious: John can’t shoot as well…) is, John Hewitt waited until he got his whole work together before putting out a book. He has written the majority of his work for Gray’s Sporting Journal, where it came out from memory, much the same as Nash’s appeared in magazine articles, with no attempt to put it in chronological order.
But now he has attempted to put them into his life’s story, starting with The Model 12 Winchester As A Way Of Life, which chronicles life to the age of twenty-five, from 1945 to 1970.
The first few stories here are relatively serious, dealing with some relatively serious things: telling the truth, for instance. Then the twins met Terry in the seventh grade. Terry, with his Garcia Ambassedeur, where Tom had a Langley, and John, a South Bend (casting reels) could be seen as elite. But only in the area of casting reels. After all, he had only been to Lake Shawnee, and the twins had been to Ontario, and fished for walleye and northern pike.
But he was the only person in the seventh grade at Theodore Roosevelt Junior High to hunt or fish. And he tied flies and jigs, and, more importantly, was known to buy the twins a cheeseburger, over the years. So, he became, in the words of the twins’ mother, “…my triplet.”
The author has been known to see the humor in things, and the advent of Terry in his life opened the season on humor. He is quick to say, “I am just a poor writer, attempting to put down a collection of hunting and fishing stories; Terry FORCES me to write humorously, whether I want to or not…”
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