No coherent or objective(?) critique from me here. This book made me laugh out loud, swallow hard, re-think one or another premise, and/or simply delight in writing that's adventurous and accommodates flights of the imagination and speculation, yet the author handles language with total confidence, skill and aplomb. I LOVED 'The River Why' without reservation and shall let it stew a while before I read it again. In the meantime I'll timidly read another David James Duncan hoping fervently that the others match this one.