Norman Maclean Collection: A River Runs Through It, Young Men and Fire, on the Big Blackfoot

Norman Maclean Collection: A River Runs Through It, Young Men and Fire, on the Big Blackfoot

by Norman Maclean, John MacLean, Ivan Doig
     
 

As a chronicler of the American West and the souls and passions of the people who live there, Norman Maclean has no peer. This new boxed set comprises his two great books plus an engaging recording of interviews, readings, and reflections.

A River Runs Through It is the lyrical, deeply moving story of Maclean's Montana youth on the Big Blackfoot River, when…  See more details below

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As a chronicler of the American West and the souls and passions of the people who live there, Norman Maclean has no peer. This new boxed set comprises his two great books plus an engaging recording of interviews, readings, and reflections.

A River Runs Through It is the lyrical, deeply moving story of Maclean's Montana youth on the Big Blackfoot River, when fly-fishing was the one activity that allowed his family to bridge troubled relationships and make connections, brother with brother, father with son. It was made into an acclaimed film of the same name by director Robert Redford. This unabridged version is masterfully read by Montana novelist Ivan Doig.

Young Men & Fire consumed 14 years of Maclean's life and earned a 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award. In unflinching detail, it tells the harrowing story of a 1949 Rocky Mountain forest fire that claimed the lives of 13 young "smokejumpers." Western essayist Gretel Ehrlich called it "extraordinarily wise and lyrical . . . a haunting commentary on birth, sex, death, memory, and rebirth." This unabridged version is read by Norman Maclean's son, John.

On the Big Blackfoot contains archival reading by and interviews with Norman Maclean, along with recollections by his son, journalist John Maclean. Publishers Weekly called it "wise, witty, and wonderful."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565114432
Publisher:
HighBridge Company
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Edition description:
Abridged, 8 Cassettes
Pages:
660
Product dimensions:
4.36(w) x 5.64(h) x 2.74(d)

Meet the Author


IVAN DOIG was born in Montana in 1939 and grew up along the Rocky Mountain Front, the dramatic landscape that has inspired much of his writing. His first book, This House of Sky, was a finalist for the National Book Award in contemporary thought. “The language begins in western territory and experience but in the hands of an artist it touches all landscape and all life,” Robert Kirsch wrote in the Los Angeles Times. “Doig is such an artist,” Richard Critchfield added in the Washington Post, “Nor is Doig’s gift merely literary. Besides his intuitions and artistry there is the iron purpose of an ex-ranchhand who has earned his Ph.D. in history.”

NORMAN MACLEAN grew up in and around Missoula, Montana, where he worked in logging camps and for the U.S. Forest Service. He attended Dartmouth College and taught English for 46 years at the University of Chicago.

JOHN NORMAN MACLEAN is an award-winning author and journalist who has written about wildland fire for more than 15 years. His first book, Fire on the Mountain, was featured in two documentaries by Dateline NBC and the History Channel. He has also written Fire and Ashes and The Thirtymile Fire, both critically acclaimed. He lives in Washington, DC.

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