A River Runs Through It and Other Stories 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

  • Title: A River Runs Through It, and Other Stories
  • Author: Norman Maclean
  • ISBN: 9780226500577
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, A River Runs Through It has established itself as one of the most moving stories of our time it captivates readers with vivFrom 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, 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.This handsome edition is designed and illustrated by Barry Moser There are thirteen two color wood engravings A masterpiece This is 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.

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    1. It's been over twenty years since Robert Redford turned the title story in this collection into a film that starred the young rising actor, Brad Pitt, as I always want to remember him . . not like he's gone now, but his recent scraggly beard phase did kind of dampen my admiration.The movie also starred the canyons and rivers and fish of Montana:But I was moved not only by Brad and the scenery, but also the poetic narration, which frequently quoted the title story:Now nearly all those I loved and [...]

    2. It took Maclean most of his life to write his first book, and it reads as if he’d been saving every beautiful observation about life, family and fly fishing for one unforgettable burst. I never tire of reading it.

    3. Growing up, while the rest of my family hated the movie, I have always been inexplicably attracted to its ideas. Whenever it was on the TV, I had to sneak down to the basement to watch it. The film is one of the few out there that can speak to my innermost soul. I finally read the book a few years ago, and found a profundity that the film barely touched. It is difficult to put into words the reason why this is one of the most significant books in my life. The plot seems common enough, when expla [...]

    4. "What a beautiful world it was once. At least a river of it was." and what a joy it turned out to be visiting this world under the guidance of Norman Maclean. The joy doesn't ignore the pain and the sadness at the core of the title novella, but acknowledges the treasures buried in the text: a hard won wisdom and serenity and most of all the satisfaction of a job so well done that it becomes a work of art, regardless if it is the capture of a trout with a Bunyan Bug No. 2 Yellow Stone Fly, a wel [...]

    5. I really, really fucking hate to fish, but. Can you end a sentence with "but?" Did I write that correctly with the quotation marks? Do you see what I'm doing here? I'm using humor to avoid talking about my real feelings. When I first read this book I was on a cross-country flight. I was just finishing it when we began our descent. I was tearing up, and not because I was glad to see the sprawl of Los Angeles again. That last part when he is out fishing alone and everyone he knew and loved was dea [...]

    6. This is one of my favorite of all books, best known for the novella that opens the book and provides its title. It may be a book that could only have been written by someone in his seventies, as Maclean was when he began it. On the surface, it's a story about Maclean, his gifted but fundamentally flawed brother, their father, the land that they loved and the religion of fly fishing that bound them together. But it's also a book that has a great deal to say about the bonds that tie family members [...]

    7. When I was a kid, my grandma had this pinched-copper wind-up train. You gave it a couple cranks and the engine would circle the station while the music box churned a mournful tune. For reasons I couldn't explain then, and can only slightly explain now, the train always made me sad. That's how I felt while reading Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It and Other Stories. It's not the obvious tragedy in the first (and most famous) story in the collection that got me feeling this way. Rather, it' [...]

    8. One of the greatest failures of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction was the prize committee's decision not to award any prize in 1977. A jury of writers had read the year's best fiction and had presented Maclean's novella to the prize committee (the committee who votes on every prize) as their winner. The prize committee was unable to come to a majority decision and when this happens they simply don't award the prize that year. It's happened a few times, the most recent in 2013, but it's that 1977 de [...]

    9. This book features one novella and a couple of short stories and they are mostly about fly-fishing, logging (before the invention of a chainsaw), and the early days of United States Forest Service. It goes into fine details of casting line (which apparently is "an art that is performed on a four-count rhythm between ten and two o'clock"), finding a good sawing partner and ideal sawing rhythm, and the methods of extinguishing wildfires in the early twentieth century; generally the sort of thing e [...]

    10. “We can love completely what we cannot completely understand.”― Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories A near perfect novella, carved into a near perfect book; a beautiful thing. That is all I have to say about that. Well, perhaps a literary/geologic inequality as a postscript: Prose + Structure > Time + Ablation

    11. “It is those we live with and love and should know who elude us.”I absolutely loved these stories, especially A River Runs Through It. It’s breathtaking. I knew I loved the film, but it’s been many years since I’ve seen it, so the story really felt fresh. All of the stories are pretty fantastic. I highly recommend this on audio. Superb narration.

    12. this is one of those books my mother has been telling me to read for what feels like my whole life. the opening sentence, about jesus' disciples being fly fisherman and john, the favorite, being a dry-fly fisherman, was quoted and referred to on the screen porch in the afternoon, at the dinner table in the evening, and in the morning on the way to church. naturally, i have fought reading it tooth and nail. but mama was right. it is unbelievable. the title story is beautiful and heartbreaking, an [...]

    13. "You like to tell true stories, don't you?" he asked, and I answered, " Yes, I like to tell stories that are true."Then he asked, "After you have finished your true stories sometime, why don't you make up a story and the people to go with it.""Only then will you understand what happened and why."Many people think that this book is a memoir, but it is not. Norman Maclean did have a brother named Paul, and that brother was murdered in 1938, but this is a work of fiction. I've been having a lot of [...]

    14. I understand why someone would stand in a freezing cold water to fish without a reel because I read this book.

    15. There is a rawness to the stories that Norman Maclean tells in this collection. He lived the stories 30 or 40 years before he wrote them into this book. His writing is poetry, harsh and spare. It reminds me a little bit of Hemingway but with a more refined sense of place. Hemingway seemed to be searching for something or trying to find himself in the places he traveled. Maclean knew who he was and where he was. And where he was is the Montana that many people in other parts of this country think [...]

    16. The story of brothers has always been fascinating to me - I still believe it to be one of the most formative, aggressive, and comforting relationships a person (I suppose I can only speak for males here) can experience. The competitiveness, the constant yearning to impress the other while still holding yourself apart, the simultaneous desire to win the validation of parents over the other, the need to have a friend, an adversary, aother - these are all inimitably wrapped up in the fraternal rela [...]

    17. I was actually wooed into reading this book by a glowing review. I wish my experience had come even a little bit close to how that reader felt about the book, because I wouldn't have ended up feeling like my time had been wasted.And honestly, this was a huge slog. Not caring much about fly-fishing or lumberjacking, I didn't start out primed to enjoy the content. But some authors are still able to pull me in with strength of characters or an interesting story, even with settings or scenarios I am [...]

    18. I feel that this book has a target audience: people who like fly fishing, and that's it. I mean, I get that there are family aspects and even some stuff about religion. But it's buried under so much crap about fly fishing that by the time it gets to anything else, you don't really care, because you know the book is going to go right back to freaking fly fishing. I mean, the book even kind of sums up if a person is "beautiful" or "a bastard" due to how much the like fly fishing. And I must say, f [...]

    19. A la postre, todas las cosas se funden en una sola, y por ella fluye un río.¡Qué tedio! Está preciosamente escrito, sin embargo no veía la hora de que se terminara. Muy pesado, lleno de descripciones largas que no dicen nada. Historias insulsas. Lo mejor de este libro son la prosa y cómo Maclean termina los relatos. Todo lo que tenía que pasar había pasado, todo lo que tenía que ser visto ya era historia. Aquel fue uno de esos momentos en los que nada queda salvo una abertura en el ciel [...]

    20. This is probably my favorite book of all times. The story is simple with great characters and the writing is incredible. The last passage still gives me goosebumps and I've read it so many times. He certainly has a way with language!

    21. Eh, this wasn't too bad, but I don't think it was really for me and it drug quite a bit in a lot of places. I would have cut down considerably, but I think that's personal taste. I can dig fiction in the trees, and even manly man stuff now and again, but this was just too much for me where that seemed to be the sole point. I needed something to get me over those sections and instead it seemed to be much of the reason for the stories at all. I just didn't dig it that much.

    22. When you ask what makes a book a classic, this might offer a useful case study. It's difficult imagining this book winning a modern literary prize, yet it finds itself securely in any number of highly diverse literature reading lists. Add to that a repackaging and republication after a generation spurred by an as-good-as-it's-gonna-get movie (an eye-candy gem with Brad Pitt and Tom Skerritt) based on the book, and, well, folks just keep reading (and being pleasantly surprised by) it.Thematically [...]

    23. "A River Runs Through It" is one of the best written stories I've ever read. Nearly a third of its 105 pages are spent describing fly fishing outings in minute detail. Having never had this experience myself, I nonetheless leaned forward, spellbound, as I read. Even these details weave perfectly into the larger focus of the story, subtly showing the beautiful relationship between two brothers and their father.Two more stories remain to be read in this short collection, but I already wish Maclean [...]

    24. It's easy to allow yourself to get bored with this one. But push through it; you won't regret it. This is a story about two brothers who grow up fly fishing, and they're taught by their minister father how physical grace and spiritual grace can become the same thing through fishing. It's a beautiful story. It got me to thinking about what in my life helps me gain physical and spiritual grace at the same time. What's the one thing you do that is spiritual to you, but maybe not to anyone else. The [...]

    25. I love the movie based on this story, but had not read the novella, so when the folks at Literary Disco raved about it, it moved to the top of my TBR pile. I listened to the audiobook wonderfully narrated by Ivan Doig. This is really a meditation. A meditation on nature and fly fishing, on fathers and sons, on love and loss, on the push and pull of siblings. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this on my evening walks along Boston Harbor, and plan to watch the movie again soon.

    26. Beautiful short story about brothers, fly fishing and Montana. I listened to the audio version on my commute, so I was transported from gridlock to the Montana mountains in the years between the World Wars. I have seen the movie, so it was easy to picture a young Brad Pitt as brother Paul. Yeah, those were peaceful commutes. :)

    27. If you wanna know about fly fishing, or what life was like with the U.S. Forest Service in the early 1900s, these stories are for you. A river runs through it was quite good. A story of a family, not too vocal with their love for one another- but it's there. And facing the trouble of wishing you could help another, but also knowing as much as you try, sometimes you can't. Though, to get to this, you have to get through a lot of fly fishing.

    28. Have long been a fan of the movie adaptation of Maclean's "A River Runs Through It," but I had yet to read the original novella itself, so I picked this up at a bookstore in Santa Fe while on vacation.The book actually contains two novellas with one short story sandwiched in between them, so it offers a few samples of Maclean's genius storytelling ability.Overall, "River" is (in my opinion) a perfect story. It is rugged yet philosophical, marrying breathtaking description with human tragedy and [...]

    29. I read this book on a recommendation of a friend. At first I was like, "Why do I want to read a book about fly fishing? I don't like to fish." It didn't take many pages to realize that this wasn't a book about fishing at all though. This book is about loving someone without understanding them. This book is about The Way of all things in life. This book is about being human.It really is amazing how he links so many things back to this single fishing trip; what it makes him remember and know and t [...]

    30. I loved this book when I first read it 15-20 years ago. My brother who lives in Montana sent it to me and told me I must read it, I was so glad I did. I remember just loving the writing and of course the fly fishing! I recently listened to a Literary Disco podcast where they talked about the book and they also rave about the book, so I pulled it out again. First, I was so thrilled to find that my brother had inscribed it with a funny note complete with hand drawn photos and he had also pointed o [...]

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