A River Runs through It and Other Stories

A River Runs through It and Other Stories

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by Norman Maclean
     
 

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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

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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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816163984
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
01/01/1976
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
422

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 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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A River Runs Through It and Other Stories 4.4 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 70 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
BenDrewDC More than 1 year ago
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"
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Skypaw darts in and looks around.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rockkit is having an apprentice ceromony soon!!!! ;-);-);-)
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Pads in
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Uncovers his rabbit, picks up his vole, and pads back to camp.
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See res 1 ....... my first post.
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Sherwin-gws More than 1 year ago
I read the Nook version of "A River Runs Through It and Other Stories, Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition" after re-watching the movie. I found it a very enjoyable read, and finished it in three settings. The additional stories are a great bonus. I finished those in a single setting. Written in a, (to me), rather unique style that provides a constantly flowing narrative with great descriptions of life and of Fly fishing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
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A true artist totally in control of his medium.
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