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A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

A River Runs Through It and Other Stories From its first magnificent sentence In our family there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing to the last I am haunted by waters A River Runs Through It is an American classic Based

  • Title: A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
  • Author: Norman Maclean
  • ISBN: 9780226500669
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback
  • From its first magnificent sentence, In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing, to the last, I am haunted by waters, A River Runs Through It is an American classic Based on Norman Maclean s childhood experiences, A River Runs Through It has established itself as one of the most moving stories of our time it captivates readers with viFrom its first magnificent sentence, In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing, to the last, I am haunted by waters, A River Runs Through It is an American classic Based on Norman Maclean s childhood experiences, A River Runs Through It has established itself as one of the most moving stories of our time it captivates readers with vivid descriptions of life along Montana s Big Blackfoot River and its near magical blend of fly fishing with the troubling affections of the heart.This handsome edition is designed and illustrated by Barry Moser There are thirteen two color wood engravings A masterpiece This is than stunning fiction It is a lyric record of a time and a life, shining with Maclean s special gift for calling the reader s attention to arts of all kinds the arts that work in nature, in personality, in social intercourse, in fly fishing Kenneth M Pierce, Village Voice Norman Maclean 1902 90 , woodsman, scholar, teacher, and storyteller, grew up in the Western Rocky Mountains of Montana and worked for many years in logging camps and for the United States Forestry Service before beginning his academic career He retired from the University of Chicago in 1973.

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    About Author

    1. Norman Maclean says:
      Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.Born in Clarinda, Iowa, on December 23, 1902, Maclean was the son of Clara Davidson 1873 1952 and the Rev John Maclean 1862 1941 , a Scottish Presbyterian minister, who managed much of the education of the young Norman and his brother Paul 1906 1938 until 1913 The family relocated to Missoula, Montana in 1909 The following years were a considerable influence on and inspiration to his writings, appearing prominently in the short story The Woods, Books, and Truant Officers 1977 , and semi autobiographical novella A River Runs Through It 1976.Too young to enlist in the military during World War I, Maclean worked in logging camps and for the United States Forest Service in what is now the Bitterroot National Forest of northwestern Montana The novella USFS 1919 The Ranger, the Cook, and a Hole in the Sky and the story Black Ghost in Young Men and Fire 1992 are semi fictionalized accounts of these experiences.Maclean attended Dartmouth College, where he served as editor in chief of the humor magazine the Dartmouth Jack O Lantern the editor in chief to follow him was Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr Seuss He was also a member of the Sphinx senior society and Beta Theta Pi He received his Bachelor of Arts in 1924, and chose to remain in Hanover, New Hampshire, and serve as an instructor until 1926 a time he recalled in This Quarter I Am Taking McKeon A Few Remarks on the Art of Teaching He began graduate studies in English at the University of Chicago in 1928 Three years later he was hired as a professor at University of Chicago, where he received three Quantrell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching On 24 September 1931 Maclean married Jessie Burns died 1968 , a red headed Scots Irish woman from Wolf Creek, Montana They later had two children a daughter Jean born in 1942 , now a lawyer and a son, John born in 1943 , now a journalist and author of Fire on the Mountain The True Story of the South Canyon Fire 1999 , and two other books, Fire Ashes 2003 and The Thirtymile Fire A Chronicle of Bravery and Betrayal 2007.In 1940, Maclean earned his doctorate from the University of Chicago where during World War II he declined a commission in Naval intelligence to serve as Dean of Students During the war he also served as Director of the Institute on Military Studies, and co authored Manual of Instruction in Military Maps and Aerial Photographs At the University of Chicago, Maclean taught Shakespeare and the Romantic poets, and he produced two scholarly articles, From Action to Image Theories of the Lyric in the Eighteenth Century and Episode, Scene, Speech, and Word The Madness of Lear The latter essay elaborates a theory of tragedy that Maclean would revisit in his later work the essay is available here From approximately 1959 to 1963, Maclean worked on a book about George Armstrong Custer and the Battle of the Little Big Horn that he never completed, but from which excerpts were recently published During his last decade on the Chicago faculty, Maclean held an endowed chair as William Rainey Harper Professor of English After his retirement in 1973, he began, as his children Jean and John had often encouraged him, to write down the stories he liked to tell His most acclaimed story, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories was published in 1976, the first work of original fiction published by the University of Chicago Press This title was nominated by a selection committee to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Letters in 1977, but the full committee ignored the nomination and did not award a Pulitzer in that category for the year A River Runs Through It was adapted into a motion picture directed by Robert Redford

    Comment 683 on “A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

    1. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:
      It s been over twenty years since Robert Redford turned the title story in this collection into a film that starred the young rising actor, Brad Pitt, as I always want to remember him not like he s gone now, but his recent scraggly beard phase did kind of dampen my admiration.The movie also starred the canyons and rivers and fish of Montana But I was moved not only by Brad and the scenery, but also the poetic narration, which frequently quoted the title story Now nearly all those I loved and did [...]

    2. Mitch Albom says:
      It took Maclean most of his life to write his first book, and it reads as if he d been saving every beautiful observation about life, family and fly fishing for one unforgettable burst I never tire of reading it.

    3. Dan says:
      Growing up, while the rest of my family hated the movie, I have always been inexplicably attracted to its ideas Whenever it was on the TV, I had to sneak down to the basement to watch it The film is one of the few out there that can speak to my innermost soul I finally read the book a few years ago, and found a profundity that the film barely touched It is difficult to put into words the reason why this is one of the most significant books in my life The plot seems common enough, when explained, [...]

    4. Algernon says:
      What a beautiful world it was once At least a river of it was and what a joy it turned out to be visiting this world under the guidance of Norman Maclean The joy doesn t ignore the pain and the sadness at the core of the title novella, but acknowledges the treasures buried in the text a hard won wisdom and serenity and most of all the satisfaction of a job so well done that it becomes a work of art, regardless if it is the capture of a trout with a Bunyan Bug No 2 Yellow Stone Fly, a well balanc [...]

    5. Leftbanker says:
      I really, really fucking hate to fish, but Can you end a sentence with but Did I write that correctly with the quotation marks Do you see what I m doing here I m using humor to avoid talking about my real feelings When I first read this book I was on a cross country flight I was just finishing it when we began our descent I was tearing up, and not because I was glad to see the sprawl of Los Angeles again That last part when he is out fishing alone and everyone he knew and loved was dead can that [...]

    6. James Thane says:
      This is one of my favorite of all books, best known for the novella that opens the book and provides its title It may be a book that could only have been written by someone in his seventies, as Maclean was when he began it On the surface, it s a story about Maclean, his gifted but fundamentally flawed brother, their father, the land that they loved and the religion of fly fishing that bound them together But it s also a book that has a great deal to say about the bonds that tie family members to [...]

    7. Matt says:
      When I was a kid, my grandma had this pinched copper wind up train You gave it a couple cranks and the engine would circle the station while the music box churned a mournful tune For reasons I couldn t explain then, and can only slightly explain now, the train always made me sad That s how I felt while reading Norman Maclean s A River Runs Through It and Other Stories It s not the obvious tragedy in the first and most famous story in the collection that got me feeling this way Rather, it s the e [...]

    8. Mike W says:
      One of the greatest failures of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction was the prize committee s decision not to award any prize in 1977 A jury of writers had read the year s best fiction and had presented Maclean s novella to the prize committee the committee who votes on every prize as their winner The prize committee was unable to come to a majority decision and when this happens they simply don t award the prize that year It s happened a few times, the most recent in 2013, but it s that 1977 decisio [...]

    9. Kinga says:
      This book features one novella and a couple of short stories and they are mostly about fly fishing, logging before the invention of a chainsaw , and the early days of United States Forest Service It goes into fine details of casting line which apparently is an art that is performed on a four count rhythm between ten and two o clock , finding a good sawing partner and ideal sawing rhythm, and the methods of extinguishing wildfires in the early twentieth century generally the sort of thing every 2 [...]

    10. Darwin8u says:
      We can love completely what we cannot completely understand Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories A near perfect novella, carved into a near perfect book a beautiful thing That is all I have to say about that Well, perhaps a literary geologic inequality as a postscript Prose Structure Time Ablation

    11. britt_brooke says:
      It is those we live with and love and should know who elude us I absolutely loved these stories, especially A River Runs Through It It s breathtaking I knew I loved the film, but it s been many years since I ve seen it, so the story really felt fresh All of the stories are pretty fantastic I highly recommend this on audio Superb narration.

    12. Jean says:
      this is one of those books my mother has been telling me to read for what feels like my whole life the opening sentence, about jesus disciples being fly fisherman and john, the favorite, being a dry fly fisherman, was quoted and referred to on the screen porch in the afternoon, at the dinner table in the evening, and in the morning on the way to church naturally, i have fought reading it tooth and nail but mama was right it is unbelievable the title story is beautiful and heartbreaking, and the [...]

    13. Bucko says:
      You like to tell true stories, don t you he asked, and I answered, Yes, I like to tell stories that are true Then he asked, After you have finished your true stories sometime, why don t you make up a story and the people to go with it Only then will you understand what happened and why Many people think that this book is a memoir, but it is not Norman Maclean did have a brother named Paul, and that brother was murdered in 1938, but this is a work of fiction I ve been having a lot of conversation [...]

    14. Lori says:
      I understand why someone would stand in a freezing cold water to fish without a reel because I read this book.

    15. Timothy says:
      There is a rawness to the stories that Norman Maclean tells in this collection He lived the stories 30 or 40 years before he wrote them into this book His writing is poetry, harsh and spare It reminds me a little bit of Hemingway but with a refined sense of place Hemingway seemed to be searching for something or trying to find himself in the places he traveled Maclean knew who he was and where he was And where he was is the Montana that many people in other parts of this country think about whe [...]

    16. Nathan says:
      The story of brothers has always been fascinating to me I still believe it to be one of the most formative, aggressive, and comforting relationships a person I suppose I can only speak for males here can experience The competitiveness, the constant yearning to impress the other while still holding yourself apart, the simultaneous desire to win the validation of parents over the other, the need to have a friend, an adversary, aother these are all inimitably wrapped up in the fraternal relationshi [...]

    17. Jenny (Reading Envy) says:
      I was actually wooed into reading this book by a glowing review I wish my experience had come even a little bit close to how that reader felt about the book, because I wouldn t have ended up feeling like my time had been wasted.And honestly, this was a huge slog Not caring much about fly fishing or lumberjacking, I didn t start out primed to enjoy the content But some authors are still able to pull me in with strength of characters or an interesting story, even with settings or scenarios I am no [...]

    18. Chandra says:
      I feel that this book has a target audience people who like fly fishing, and that s it I mean, I get that there are family aspects and even some stuff about religion But it s buried under so much crap about fly fishing that by the time it gets to anything else, you don t really care, because you know the book is going to go right back to freaking fly fishing I mean, the book even kind of sums up if a person is beautiful or a bastard due to how much the like fly fishing And I must say, fly fishin [...]

    19. FrancoSantos says:
      A la postre, todas las cosas se funden en una sola, y por ella fluye un r o Qu tedio Est preciosamente escrito, sin embargo no ve a la hora de que se terminara Muy pesado, lleno de descripciones largas que no dicen nada Historias insulsas Lo mejor de este libro son la prosa y c mo Maclean termina los relatos Todo lo que ten a que pasar hab a pasado, todo lo que ten a que ser visto ya era historia Aquel fue uno de esos momentos en los que nada queda salvo una abertura en el cielo y una historia q [...]

    20. Grace says:
      This is probably my favorite book of all times The story is simple with great characters and the writing is incredible The last passage still gives me goosebumps and I ve read it so many times He certainly has a way with language

    21. David says:
      Eh, this wasn t too bad, but I don t think it was really for me and it drug quite a bit in a lot of places I would have cut down considerably, but I think that s personal taste I can dig fiction in the trees, and even manly man stuff now and again, but this was just too much for me where that seemed to be the sole point I needed something to get me over those sections and instead it seemed to be much of the reason for the stories at all I just didn t dig it that much.

    22. Steve says:
      When you ask what makes a book a classic, this might offer a useful case study It s difficult imagining this book winning a modern literary prize, yet it finds itself securely in any number of highly diverse literature reading lists Add to that a repackaging and republication after a generation spurred by an as good as it s gonna get movie an eye candy gem with Brad Pitt and Tom Skerritt based on the book, and, well, folks just keep reading and being pleasantly surprised by it.Thematically, uh, [...]

    23. Longfellow says:
      A River Runs Through It is one of the best written stories I ve ever read Nearly a third of its 105 pages are spent describing fly fishing outings in minute detail Having never had this experience myself, I nonetheless leaned forward, spellbound, as I read Even these details weave perfectly into the larger focus of the story, subtly showing the beautiful relationship between two brothers and their father.Two stories remain to be read in this short collection, but I already wish Maclean had been [...]

    24. Stephanie Pugh says:
      It s easy to allow yourself to get bored with this one But push through it you won t regret it This is a story about two brothers who grow up fly fishing, and they re taught by their minister father how physical grace and spiritual grace can become the same thing through fishing It s a beautiful story It got me to thinking about what in my life helps me gain physical and spiritual grace at the same time What s the one thing you do that is spiritual to you, but maybe not to anyone else The author [...]

    25. Elizabeth A says:
      I love the movie based on this story, but had not read the novella, so when the folks at Literary Disco raved about it, it moved to the top of my TBR pile I listened to the audiobook wonderfully narrated by Ivan Doig This is really a meditation A meditation on nature and fly fishing, on fathers and sons, on love and loss, on the push and pull of siblings I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this on my evening walks along Boston Harbor, and plan to watch the movie again soon.

    26. Sarah says:
      Beautiful short story about brothers, fly fishing and Montana I listened to the audio version on my commute, so I was transported from gridlock to the Montana mountains in the years between the World Wars I have seen the movie, so it was easy to picture a young Brad Pitt as brother Paul Yeah, those were peaceful commutes.

    27. Olivia says:
      If you wanna know about fly fishing, or what life was like with the U.S Forest Service in the early 1900s, these stories are for you A river runs through it was quite good A story of a family, not too vocal with their love for one another but it s there And facing the trouble of wishing you could help another, but also knowing as much as you try, sometimes you can t Though, to get to this, you have to get through a lot of fly fishing.

    28. Andy Love says:
      Have long been a fan of the movie adaptation of Maclean s A River Runs Through It, but I had yet to read the original novella itself, so I picked this up at a bookstore in Santa Fe while on vacation.The book actually contains two novellas with one short story sandwiched in between them, so it offers a few samples of Maclean s genius storytelling ability.Overall, River is in my opinion a perfect story It is rugged yet philosophical, marrying breathtaking description with human tragedy and beauty [...]

    29. Whitney says:
      I read this book on a recommendation of a friend At first I was like, Why do I want to read a book about fly fishing I don t like to fish It didn t take many pages to realize that this wasn t a book about fishing at all though This book is about loving someone without understanding them This book is about The Way of all things in life This book is about being human.It really is amazing how he links so many things back to this single fishing trip what it makes him remember and know and think of T [...]

    30. Marly says:
      I loved this book when I first read it 15 20 years ago My brother who lives in Montana sent it to me and told me I must read it, I was so glad I did I remember just loving the writing and of course the fly fishing I recently listened to a Literary Disco podcast where they talked about the book and they also rave about the book, so I pulled it out again First, I was so thrilled to find that my brother had inscribed it with a funny note complete with hand drawn photos and he had also pointed out a [...]

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