Body of Water
A Sage, a Seeker, and the World's Most Alluring Fish
Milkweed Editions, 9781571313522, 232pp.
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
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1. Why did Dombrowski name the book Body of Water? What different roles and significances does water have throughout the text?
2. David Pinder Sr. is described as “legendary.” Why is this word more apt than famous to describe the elder guide?
3. The value of local knowledge is an important thread in this book. What local knowledge do you have? And how would you share it with someone else?
4. Dombrowski describes hunting in this book as a dedication “to the occupation of being creaturely” (171-172). How would you define “being creaturely”?
5. Guiding, specifically guiding fishing trips, is considered from a number of different perspectives in this book. What does it mean to be a guide?
6. Two types of conservation are described in this book, one led by wealthy organizations and individuals, and another led by local citizens. Which do you think has more potential for long-term success?
7. Fishing is an occupation, a vocation, and a sport in Body of Water. Is there something in your life that operates similarly to the way angling does for Dombrowski?
8. Ecotourism is the backbone of the Bahamian economy. How does this growing form of travel benefit or imperil smaller countries?
9. David Pinder Sr. is both deeply spiritual and deeply religious. How do these characteristics inform his life?