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A River Runs through It and Other Stories
     

A River Runs through It and Other Stories

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by Norman Maclean, David Manis (Read by)
 

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In A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean claims that in my family, there is no clear line between religion and fly-fishing. Nor is there a clear line between family and fly-fishing. It is the one activity where brother can connect with brother and father with son, bridging troubled relationships at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana. In

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In A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean claims that in my family, there is no clear line between religion and fly-fishing. Nor is there a clear line between family and fly-fishing. It is the one activity where brother can connect with brother and father with son, bridging troubled relationships at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana. In Maclean's autobiographical novella, it is the river that makes them realize that life continues and all things are related.Just as Norman Maclean writes at the end of A River Runs Through It that he is haunted by waters, so have readers been haunted by his novella. A retired English professor who began writing fiction at the age of 70, Maclean produced what is now recognized as one of the classic American stories of the twentieth century.Here, with A River Runs Through It, are two Norman Maclean stories never before on audio:Logging and Pimping and Your Pal, Jim USFS 1919: The Ranger, the Cook, and a Hole in the Sky

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
New York Times - Jon Gluck

“If there is a smarter, more affecting meditation on the themes of fathers and sons, brothers, the pleasures of the natural world, love, loss, and the haunting power of water, I have yet to come across it. As it has for many others, A River Runs through It became for me a kind of central text, equal parts fishing primer, literary masterwork, and spiritual guide. . . . It remains one of my most beloved books.”
New York Times Book Review - James R. Frakes

“Maclean’s book—acerbic, laconic, deadpan—rings out of a rich American tradition that includes Mark Twain, Kin Hubbard, Richard Bissell, Jean Shepherd, and Nelson Algren.”
New York Review of Books - Roger Sale

“It is an enchanted tale.”
Village Voice - Kenneth M. Pierce

“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.”
Fly-Fisherman - Nick Lyons

“Maclean’s book is surely destined to be one of those rare memoirs that can be called a masterpiece. . . . Earthy, whimsical, authoritative, wise; it touches the heart without blushing and traces lasting images for the eye. . . . This book is a gem.”
Nation - Philip Connors

“[Maclean] would go to his grave secure in the knowledge that anyone who’d fished with a fly in the Rockies and read his novella on the how and why of it believed it to be the best such manual on the art ever written—a remarkable feat for a piece of prose that also stands as a masterwork in the art of tragic writing.”
Chicago Tribune - Alfred Kazin

“Altogether beautiful in the power of its feeling. . . . As beautiful as anything in Thoreau or Hemingway.”
Independent - Andrew Rosenheim

“Ostensibly a ‘fishing story,’ A River Runs through It is really an autobiographical elegy that captivates readers who have never held a fly rod in their hand. In it the art of casting a fly becomes a ritual of grace, a metaphor for man’s attempt to move into nature.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781615731121
Publisher:
HighBridge Company
Publication date:
09/30/2010
Edition description:
Unabridged; 8 hours on 7 CDs
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 5.95(h) x 1.13(d)

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 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 forty-six years at the University of Chicago.

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A River Runs Through It and Other Stories 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 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"
LynnLD 11 months ago
This is a well-written, thought-provoking journey into the Montana landscape and the minds and hearts of the Maclean family. Norm tells about his father, brother Paul and mother as they live close to rivers. The men spend endless hours fly-fishing and developing its art form. The father is a minister, the mom, a strong support system and his brother Paul baffles them all. He seems to have his own set way of seeing the world and his tragic death leaves them all pondering how they could have helped him or if they could have helped him make better choices. Seeing the movie first left me with a few spoilers, but the fine writing of Norman Maclean made the second time around just as intriguing!
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Skypaw darts in and looks around.
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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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