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A River Runs through It (Photographs by Joel Snyder)
     

A River Runs through It (Photographs by Joel Snyder)

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by Norman Maclean, Joel Snyder (Photographer)
 

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A special gift edition of an American classic, with photographs by Joel Snyder. 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

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A special gift edition of an American classic, with photographs by Joel Snyder. 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.

Editorial Reviews

Alfred Kazin
Altogether beautiful in the power of its feelings....As beautiful as anything in Thoreau or Hemingway. -- Chicago Tribune Book World
Roger Sale
It is an enchanted tale....I have read the story three times now and each time it seems fuller. -- The New York Review of Books
Dale Burk
One of the most sensitive and beautiful writers I've ever read.
— Dale Burk,Missoulian
James R. Frakes
Maclean's voice-acerbic, laconic, deadpan-rings out of a rich American tradition…I love its sound.
— James R. Frakes,New York Times
Barbara Bannon
The title novella is the prize…Something unique and marvelous: a story that is at once an evocation of nature's miracles and realities and a probing of human mysteries. Wise, witty, wonderful, Maclean spins his tales, casts his flies, fishes the rivers and the woods for what he remembers from his youth in the Rockies.
— Barbara Bannon,Publisher's Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226500584
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
07/15/1983
Pages:
160

What People are Saying About This

Nick Lyons
'I am haunted by waters,' says Norman MacLean at the end of his remarkable title piece inA River Runs Through It and Other Stories.And by this time you will be, too-haunted by his Big Black Foot River, by the memories of his father and brother (with whom he fished), by the uncanny blending of fly-fishing with the affections of the heart…A River Runs Through It is earthy, whimsical, authoritative, wise; it touches the heart without blushing and traces lasting images for the eye…The book is a gem.
—(Nick Lyons, Fly-Fisherman)

Meet the Author


Norman Maclean (1902-1990), woodsman, scholar, teacher, and storyteller, grew up in the Rocky Mountains of western Montana. As a young man, he worked in logging camps and for the United States Forest Service. He was awarded an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He was the William Rainey Harper Professor of English at the University of Chicago, teaching the Romantic poets and Shakespeare. After his retirement in 1973, he began to write the stories he liked to tell, which became the book A River Runs Through It and Other Stories, published to widespread acclaim. The book was the first work of original fiction published by the University of Chicago Press. It 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. In the last years of his life, he wrote an account of the 1949 Mann Gulch forest fire. It was published posthumously as Young Men and Fire, and won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992.

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A River Runs Through It 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the most heartfelt and true-to-life book I have ever read. I could not stop reading it once I started.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everytime I read this tale I fall deeper in love with the words of this wonderful and deeply profound book. The author did a wonderful, magnificent, excellent, boistourous job at writing it. A River Runs Through It is a book I could sit down and read every day. I love it so much. Snaps and Claps if you agree! Email me if you want to discuss the author and his work. Norman MacLean is the wonderful man responsible for this heart gripping book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truly classic book. The book is a great story of life, love and loss. This is one to have on the book shelf. There is one line i love the most '...eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs thorugh it. The river was cut by the worlds great flood and runs over rocks from the basment of time...
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TomB More than 1 year ago
Being a retired guy who recently took up fly fishing as a hobby, I truly enjoyed Norman Maclean's masterpiece. Only fly fisherman can truly appreciate the the skills, challenges, and excitement that he describes. More importantly for me, however is his ability to bring me back to a simpler time when family values, individuality, and faith were our fundamental cornerstones. His writing style placed me in the middle of everything that was happening and I was totally absorbed throughout. I recommend it highly to those that enjoy character studies.
CaitMW More than 1 year ago
I gave this to my husband for his birthday because he loves fly fishing, and the movie of the same title. He can't put it down.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie so I have decieded to buy the book and I loved that to. Beats any other book ever
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw the movie and loved it so I thought that I would like the book. I got the book and read it in one day. I could not put it down! Since then I have read it two more times. This story, at first, seemed like it was all about flyfishing, but in the end you realize that flyfishing is used in a much deeper meaning. I would recomend this book to not only the person who likes flyfishing but any one who like a really good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection of stories by MacLean is certian to be considered one of the most important pieces of literature of the Twentieth Century. It is not a story about fly fishing! It is a story about life and the difficulties of loving and knowing those close to you told through a magnificently woven tale. The tale is no doubt bittersweet, but it is satisfying. Though the canvas of one's life may be far removed from the rural Montana of the early twentieth century, shadows of it will be seen in MacLean's story. It is haunting and wonderful all wrapped together. I am certain that you will savor it time and again.