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A River Runs Through it and Other Stories Paperback – 1 Apr 1979


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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; New edition edition (1 April 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226500578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226500577
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 14.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 611,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Dec. 1998
Format: Hardcover
Having originally read A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT years before Redford's film or the recent hipness of flyfishing, I find myself still drawn to Mr. McLean's haunting and rich story of love, loss, and acceptance of the realities of life. It is not a "book about flyfishing", but rather uses fishing as framework for defining and illuminating the passage of time and the connectedness he shares with his world and those he knew and loved. One does not need to know anything of fishing to appreciate this monumental work. From the oft quoted opening lines..."In our family..." to the final paragraph, which, by the way after several readings still makes me cry deeply, I find this book to be filled with joy, pain, loss, love, and most importantly art, which never comes easily. Get beyond the fishing thing and experience the immense depth of this one man's life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Aug. 1998
Format: Hardcover
I borrowed this book from a friend and am now buying it. It is something I'll want to read again and have my children read. MacLean saves for us a time and way of life mostly vanished and translates a sense of beauty, love, and artistry in rugged settings and situations. Especially thoughtful in the way it considers how we try to help and understand those we love and the trouble we have in doing so. It was also a fine movie
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lindy on 30 May 2013
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A beautifully told tale , that really evokes the time and the place . A real joy for readers who like good the use of words that 'take you there' , but it is not over blown.
Even though l am no fisher , l really enjoyed the pictures so fully drawn of the young boys and father , then the solitary fisherman . Beautifully 'drawn' and l intend to read more of his work .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard L on 6 Jun. 2013
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I am interested in early 20th century US rural life and this book describes events and attitudes very well.
It is not a dry textbook as the above sentence might imply.
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By A Customer on 19 Sept. 1997
Format: Hardcover
Norman Maclean happens to use his muse, fly fishing, to relate the intricate and subtle nature of one man's relationship with father, mother, wife and brother. Time worn, biblical themes are set down in everyman's terms and after 100 pages a boy (however old) will surely examine his relationship to those people most important to him. After numerous readings the story continues to roll the rocks in the river, revealing more of the words. I, too, am haunted by waters.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
I like the way Norman McLean handles the relationship with his brother. It is so vivid and genuine that I can almost see how things happen in front of my own eyes.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jan. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Most people probably come to this story having seen and liked the Robert Redford movie. I had anyway. What's astonishing is how wonderfully it holds up. Maclean's words read beautifully right up until the haunting final paragraph. As poetic a writer as I can think of--except, perhaps for Louise Erdrich.
Don't listen to reviews that urge you to skip the sections on fly-fishing. I've never fished a day in my life, but to skip these sections is to miss some of the funniest parts of the story--and to miss how Norman, in trying to understand the river, is really trying to figure out his relationship with his father and brother.
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By A Customer on 8 Dec. 1998
Format: Hardcover
OK, so he only has a few. What many reviewers have left out is the extraordinary humor in the story. The comments on learning to cast, the hazards of fishing in cold water, the fly named George's Bobcat Special, and others are humorous without peer. The book, including the other stories, is not only beautiful, poetic, and insightful, but also laugh-out-loud funny.
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