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Based on Norman Maclean's childhood experiences, the title novella 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 ...

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Overview


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, the title novella 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.

The paperback edition is now available with an evocative new cover by acclaimed Montana painter Russell Chatham.

"A masterpiece. . . . This is more 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.

From its first sentence to the last, this novella by Norman Maclean will captivate readers with its vivid images of the Blackfoot River, its tender yet realistic renderings of Maclean's father and brother and its uncanny blending of fly fishing with the affections of the heart. "Wise, witty, wonderful . . ."--Publishers Weekly.

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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
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
Dale Burk
One of the most sensitive and beautiful writers I've ever read.
— Dale Burk,Missoulian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226500577
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/19/2001
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Edition number: 25
  • Pages: 217
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author


Norman Maclean (1902-1990), 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 was the William Rainey Harper Professor of English at the University of Chicago until 1973.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Great literature; poor execution.

    This is one of my all time favorite novels, which is why the numerous misprints are so distracting. It's as though no one bothered to edit the e-book version. For example, thier are two obvious mistakes on the first page; the third and fourth sentences. It so frustrating to pay $10 for a 98 page book that is so full of errors that I have to go to my written version just to see how it's actually supposed to read.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

    Great vacation read.

    Read on a recent visit to the Yellowstone River in Montana. What a joy it was to read about the landscape we had emersed ourselfs in. It was hard to put down and I found myself finishing it in quiet sobs one morning before dawn. It haunted me for days.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2001

    THE MOST WELL WRITTEN BOOK OF ITS TIME

    This book was the most heartfelt and true-to-life book I have ever read. I could not stop reading it once I started.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2012

    Great book, some errors in e-book

    This is a wonderful book, but the conversion to e-book had faulty OCR, resulting in occasional nonsense words - for example, the title of the last story comes out "The Ranger, the Cook, and a Floic in the Sky"

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2004

    An Instant Memory for Years to come.

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2004

    Great book and movie

    I loved the movie so I have decieded to buy the book and I loved that to. Beats any other book ever

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Wow life brings amazing things

    Someone who can bring any amazing thing like this to life is obviously a talented person with words norman can bring to life the experience of fly fishing to life sitting out there with a cool breeze brushing your face tension from the line running down your arm focusing completly on the still ripples in the water a flick of a fin and a spin of the reel the now lifeless fish lies dead on the damp grass
    Is this a good piece i was practicing writing tell me what u think just post a review saying what u think of my writing and nofmans

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Greatest piece of literary craftsmanship ever.

    A true artist totally in control of his medium.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2009

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    The Ties that Bind Us

    This is a story of two boys who grow up with the authority of a Presbyterian Minister. They were given the same instruction as children growing up and turned out so different. One was a daredevil determined to challenge the world. The other became a writer and reflective. The two of them could not have been any different.

    This novel shares how each of us have a built in path that has to be followed. It is the destiny of us all to fulfill and express our own uniqueness in the world. And yet, there was a tie that bound the two of these boys beyond their family ties. Both of them loved to fish. It was the one thing they loved to do together.

    This bond created a depth to their relationship enabeling a love that was unconditional in nature and allowed their different natures to blend into a unity that could not be explained. It could only be lived and expressed through this simple act of creating a world they both could live in "a river runs through it."

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2001

    A Masterpiece!

    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...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    Rabbitpaw

    Purrs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2014

    Skypaw (Post!)

    Skypaw darts in and looks around.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    Silverstorm to Blackclaws

    Rockkit is having an apprentice ceromony soon!!!!

    ;-);-);-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Rabbitflame

    His ears perk up. "I sense it too."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Eclipseawn

    Pads in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Windpaw

    You too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    ☼ Sunpelt

    Uncovers his rabbit, picks up his vole, and pads back to camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Willowpaw

    See res 1 ....... my first post.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Rainstorm

    Goes hunting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Jayfur

    He nodded and followed her

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