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Maclean writes "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. In Maclean's autobiographical novella, it is the river that makes them realize that life continues and all things are related....

Title : A River Runs Through It
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ISBN : 9781440775451
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Number of Pages : 271 Pages
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A River Runs Through It Reviews

  • TK421
    2019-05-04 13:23

    My younger brother and I had a conversation growing up that went something like this:Him: “I can’t wait to get out of here. I’m never coming back when I leave. What about you?”Here I would always put on the most innocent of grins and reply: “Oh, I’ll never leave South Dakota, brother. It needs me here, like I need it.”At that we would both start laughing because he knew I had just done a poor impression of Norman talking to his own brother, Paul, the mysterious brother who has wanderlust and dark secrets. Time has passed for both my brother and I; he has been in two wars, I remained in South Dakota and started teaching at one of the colleges. Occasionally, he’ll reference this conversation on the phone but his voice belies the fact that he misses what he left. I think that is the point of A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT. We are all destined to be some place. Some of us will try to create this place. Some of us will try to run from that place. But no matter that we do, that place will always call to us. Haunt us. This short novel, novella really, is about family and fly-fishing and religion, three mainstays of South Dakota. It was easy to transplant myself within the story, as I grew up with many of the same experiences that the Maclean boys did, albeit a bit different considering age differences of those brothers to my brother and me. I romped through woods with my fly-reel, looking for a perfect place to not only fish, for fishing was really a secondary prize, but also to seek a silence that is only offered in the most remote of locales. Perhaps my sentimentality about ths book has taken me captive with age and time. But that is okay. Boss, if you’re reading this, I miss you. Always remember that I’ll be here. Waiting. Thinking. Hoping for your arrival. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION

  • Sean Sullivan
    2019-04-24 16:27

    This book is so good I have trouble telling people about it. This might be because it is so easy to start off with, "Well, it's this book about fly fishing..." The truth is the book IS about fly fishing: but more than that it is about life, family, love, brotherhood, and growing up. It is the first novel the University of Chicago Press published, and if you read it, you'll understand why. The lyricism of the words, the eloquence of the imagery, and the poignancy of the story combine to make this what really should be considered an essential American classic. It reads like good poetry, flows like a river, and I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

  • Tiffany
    2019-05-20 16:40

    Why does "The Catcher in the Rye" hold such fascination for Americans? Was it because of all the swear words in it? The fantastically awful narrator? When I think about American literature that deserves to be read and lauded this book shoves up to first place. It is truly an American book, full of marvel and wonder and space. "A River Runs Through It" is only one of the stories in the book--each better than that last. Better still is: "USFS 1919: The Ranger, the Cook, and a Hole in the Sky". Unbearably beautiful, and what a story!

  • Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
    2019-05-07 14:22

    Something one really has a passion doing he often sees the entirety of human existence in it. Many chess grandmasters, for instance, have written their auto-biographies with titles like 'Chess is Life' or 'How Chess Imitates Life' or some such. Golfers, basketball players or martial arts practitioners (like Bruce Lee) see patterns, principles and lessons in the sports they indulge in which they claim teach us about life in general and how to properly live it. And so is it here: fly fishing in the great rivers of Montana. The reader, in fact, gets a broad hint of this right at its opening sentence which goes:"In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing."The reader who casts his eyes through it may get the feeling (like I did) that sometimes the author is stretching the analogy a little bit too far already, very close to likening God himself to a river fish (he didn't say that) and often may roll his eyes, in an amused disbelief, that the author could, for instance, suggest that fishermen like him are better at grasping eternity than anyone else--"The body and spirit suffer no more sudden visitation than that of losing a big fish, since, after all, there must be some slight transition between life and death. But, with a big fish, one moment the world is nuclear and the next it has disappeared....Poets talk about 'spots of time,' but it is really fishermen who experience eternity compressed into a moment. No one can tell what a spot of time is until suddenly the whole world is a fish and the fish is gone. I shall remember that son of a bitch forever."In any case, even if you disregard the fact that the story follows the rote formula of getting an old man (or woman, as in the movie Titanic) to narrate about his recollection of the past, his reminiscences about his loved ones who had died (especially those who perished in the prime of their lives), and his own personal what-could-have-beens, I'd say this probably has one of the most poignant endings in the whole of literature, whether fiction or non-fiction--"Now nearly all those I loved and did not understand when I was young are dead, but still I reach out to them."Of course, now I am too old to be much of a fisherman, and now of course I usually fish the big waters alone, although some friends think I shouldn't. Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a big fish will rise."Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs."I am haunted by waters."I am not, however, haunted by waters. I live in the city and its remaining rivers are shallow, polluted and without any fish. But we have great malls, and more are being built! So if I were to write a story like this, I'll end it with something like: "Eventually, all our childhood playgrounds merge into one, and a mall is built on it. ...I am haunted by fastfoods."

  • Linda
    2019-04-23 12:30

    "In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing. We lived at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana, and our father was a Presbyterian minister and a fly fisherman who tied his own flies and taught others .... I am haunted by rivers."And so begins master storyteller Norman Maclean's tale of his family in early 20th century Montana. The book is a classic.

  • George K.
    2019-05-08 14:23

    Σ'αυτή την νουβέλα βασίζεται η ομότιτλη ταινία, σε σκηνοθεσία Ρόμπερτ Ρέντφορντ και με πρωταγωνιστή τον Μπραντ Πιτ. Αν και η ταινία είναι πασίγνωστη και κατά τα φαινόμενα πολύ ωραία, δεν την έχω δει. Τώρα όμως που διάβασα το βιβλίο, μπορώ άνετα να το κάνω (μάλιστα ανήκει και στην ταινιοθήκη μου!). Λοιπόν, ο Νόρμαν Μακλίν γράφει για τον (κάπως) παράξενο αδερφό του και την ιδιαίτερη σχέση που είχε μαζί του, αλλά και για την κοινή τους αγάπη για το ψάρεμα (με ή χωρίς μύγα) στους μεγάλους ποταμούς της Μοντάνα. Με λιτό τρόπο ο Μακλίν σκιαγραφεί το πορτρέτο του αδερφού του, καθώς και την τρέλα που μπορεί να έχουν κάποιοι άνθρωποι για το ψάρεμα και την φύση. Η γραφή είναι όμορφη και λιγάκι ιδιαίτερη, με ωραίες περιγραφές των τοπίων και ίσως με μια ποιητική διάθεση σε διάφορα σημεία. Στην όλη ιστορία μπορεί να διακρίνει κανείς λεπτό χιούμορ και μπόλικη μελαγχολία. Γενικά είναι ένα ωραίο βιβλίο που μπορεί να δημιουργήσει κάμποσα συναισθήματα και το ιδανικότερο είναι ο αναγνώστης να το διαβάσει με μια κάποια προσήλωση και χωρίς βαβούρα τριγύρω, για να απολαύσει την ομορφιά της γραφής και της ιστορίας.

  • Michael
    2019-05-04 15:16

    I read this book for a third time on assignment from a class I'm auditing at the University of Colorado, a class taught by Patricia Limerick of the Center of the American West. The story is iconic western literature.Here we read in novella format the essentially autobiographical story of the author's painful memories of his relationship with his beloved brother, who lives on in his consciousness as the Michelangelo of fly-fishing.The retelling of the story, written when the author was in his seventies, reflects its Scottish-Presbyterian roots in his family upbringing. The reader must listen closely, read closely between the lines, to hear the deep heartbreak that is its driving energy.At least 80% of the narrative is of the river, the mountains and forests, and most especially the art of fly-fishing. The story of the family could be removed from the pages and an interesting travelogue would remain. I read reviews that refer to the fishing as an extended metaphor, but my perspective tells me its primarily function is to serve as a hiding place for the author, a buffer to help him moderate the intensity of the pain he continues to bear from his failed longings to help a man bent on self-destruction.I have visions of the author retreating to his writing cottage, laboring fully for the two years it reportedly took him to write a this short novel/long story. I suspect much of his time was spent in silent reverie.Later made into a film of surpassing beauty by Robert Redford, the story lives on as an enduring classic of mountain life.

  • Van
    2019-05-18 09:19

    3.5/5Một câu chuyện đẹp. Dọc suốt truyện là miêu tả sinh động về những dòng sông, kinh nghiệm câu cá lồng ghép trong tình yêu thương dành cho người em trai và tình cảm gia đình truyền thống. Tình tiết truyện không quá gay cấn, đặc sắc nhưng vẫn để lại ấn tượng với những câu văn đẹp đến say lòng người, dù là với những người không hề biết câu. Giọng văn rất trầm lắng, như trôi xuôi theo dòng ký ức cũng như theo dòng chảy êm đềm của những con sông, trôi mãi, trôi mãi vào vô tận...

  • Christopher
    2019-05-01 11:15

    Every word of this story fits precisely with the one before and after it. The result is a seamless whole that carries the reader through time and place into the soul of the River itself. The book IS a River. And I am haunted by its waters.

  • Lavinia Ludlow
    2019-05-05 11:43

    Beautiful writing. Actual conversation:"I'm reading Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It." -Me"Through what?" -my friend

  • Howard McEwen
    2019-05-15 12:20

    There’s not much I can write about this novella that would do it justice but I’ll try.It’s lyrical and poetic and simple and beautiful. The prose is elegant and direct and there’s a grace to every moment of it – even when the subject matter is a drinking,fighting or whores. Norman Maclean writes like Hemingway, if Hemingway had gained a bit of wisdom and dropped the over-arching need to prove something to his readers or himself.It is, a great read. It’s also a page-turner. I find it hard to read current ‘literature’. All the men in those books are usually college professors or some other ‘doesn’t sweat while working’ profession that the author has had some contact with while getting his MFA. Maclean writes about men, plain and simple.

  • Otis Chandler
    2019-05-23 15:20

    I read this after I went fly fishing for the first time, and it was pure gold. A fantastic story.

  • Paul
    2019-04-28 14:15

    Got problems? Fly fishing IS the answer.This is one of the best stories I have read in a very long time. It can be as shallow or deep as you want it to be (no pun intended). I think I’ll be re-reading it many times.Norman Maclean was a Professor of English at the University of Chicago, uniquely qualified to be a writer but strangely, wrote this, his first book, at the age of 73. Sadly, Maclean only managed to write a few other books besides A River Runs Through It. It’s such a masterpiece, I have no chance of praising it properly.After his retirement, Maclean must have been reminiscing about his family and decided to document his early life growing up and growing older in Western Montana and – his version of the meaning of life. It seems his father, John and his younger brother, Paul, had worked out that the answer to all family problems was to go fly fishing, which he describes in detail. If like me, you’ve never had any interest in fly fishing, don’t let that deter you. It’s the essence of this story – the river that flows through it if you will. The main character is, in my humble opinion, not the author as you might imagine, but his younger brother Paul, who is Norman’s hero (by the sounds of it) despite being almost a polar opposite in personality.As short as this story is, it manages to pack in a lot of meaning, and joy and sorrow. While reading this, I laughed as I related some of Norman’s fishing stories to my wife. Yes it has a sad ending too, but like the river that flows through everyone’s life, death is just a part of life.A simple and beautiful story.

  • Camille
    2019-05-14 10:18

    I finally read this little book because my big brother, Russ, has often mentioned it as a favorite of his, and he is a voracious reader. my goodness, where have I been? It is easily one of the best books I have ever read. I usually wait to read until my little ones are in bed, but I had to finish this one this morning, and I found a quiet place in my house to read those last few pages a couple of times and have a good cry. Norman Maclean is an artist. Oh to be able to write like this! I know I will not be able to say anything to give justice to this story. It is simple, but not really. It is about fly fishing, but really it is about love. " can love completely without complete understanding." It is a small piece of a regular man's true story, and his heart. And as his father would probably say, "It is beautiful."

  • Banner
    2019-05-15 08:25

    Having seen and enjoyed the movie some years ago, I was surprised to see that this was a novella. It seemed bigger somehow. This was a powerful story regardless of it's length. There exists in man an innate spirituality that both struggles with and embraces the world wherein he lives. Living so close to the world and guided by the faith of the father, this family in Montana illustrates this dichotomy in a beautifully told story. The language pulls you into their world you feel their joy and their pain. The bond is strong in spite of a feeling of helplessness. How can you help the one you love?

  • Andrew
    2019-05-23 12:19

    The simple prose of this book can be deceiving, but there's a depth of story here. The depth comes from the trueness of it. It as if Maclean were sitting down with us and telling us his thoughts on fly fishing with a few family anecdotes thrown in. Each sentence still manages to carry the force of the higher philosophical implications. To paraphrase a Gary Snyder poem (who was probably paraphrasing some Eastern wisdom) if you think too much about the rocks in the riverbed, it ruins the magic of the ripples.

  • Mary
    2019-05-08 14:29

    Absolutely spell-binding! I don't have words for how good it is. Read it at once!Ok. It's set in early twentieth century Montana, mountains, rivers and a small town.Two novellas and a short story. All three are autobiographical coming of age stories. We really do write best about what we know and maybe I especially liked it because my father taught me fly fishing when I was quite young.

  • Steve
    2019-05-02 09:24

    I read this book every few years and have for the past 20 or 25 years. Every time it makes me cry, every though I know the book almost without reading it. If you've seen the movie, you know it is great, but you owe it to yourself to hear this book. Not only it the first novella wonderful, but the entire books is just great. As Norman's father would say, it is beautiful.

  • Gayle
    2019-05-14 16:24

    Fly fishing- no salmon so only 3 stars

  • Bayneeta
    2019-05-17 14:16

    A long time favorite in all its many, audio, and film. The writing is lovely, the story of two brothers is hauntingly real, the many secondary characters are interesting, and I even enjoyed the fly fishing instructions.Whenever I run out of audio material, Ivan Doig's reading of this classic is what I inevitably turn to. I've probably listened to it dozens of times over the the years. This time I listened to an audio version read by Joel Fabiani that also included two additional stories: "Logging and Pimping and 'Your Pal Jim'" and "USFS 1919: The Ranger, the Cook, and a Hole in the Sky." The stories were fine, but no where near as good as A River Runs Through It. And Fabiani did a respectable job on the narration, but Doig's version remains my favorite.And the movie, while adding some scenes and making the characters younger, remains pretty faithful in tone. The scenery is gorgeous, Robert Redford's narration is just right, and young Brad Pitt...what can I say? Don't think I'd seen this since it came out in the early '90s, but it's held up quite well.

  • Ran
    2019-05-08 09:17

    I've definitely ... experienced this story before, I thought as I read. I just can't remember when ...After a quick Google search, I realize I had, once upon a time, watched this movie about fly fishing with Brad Pitt in it. So, there we go. As a bait fisher and obvious scum of the sea?, I cannot tell you why I'm drawn to reading about fishing, particularly fly fishing when I definitely am terrible at it. Look it, ocean fishes like bait, hmm? So do those nasty spider crabs. And that's all I ever catch. Also, having watched a movie and (view spoiler)[vaguely remembering a death of some sort, (hide spoiler)] I realized that the tone of this novella is great is crafting a sense of tension. (view spoiler)[Who kicks it? When? I really enjoy it because I kept thinking, okay, so ... is the bear going to kill anyone? Is the prostitute going to kill anyone? Is it a car crash? (hide spoiler)]I just love this sentence herein: " is not fly fishing if you are not looking for answers to questions." I feel that.

  • Dave Schumacher
    2019-04-26 16:34

    For a book focused on fishing to be entrancing to a non-fisherman, it has to be special

  • Juliana
    2019-04-27 12:40

    A beautiful book about family, men, their relationships, and fly fishing.

  • Ian Anderson
    2019-04-25 14:19

    It's a book about fly-fishing and the movements of the fisherman, the motions of the water, and the sights and sounds of the mountains surrounding them. It's a book about brotherly love and the beauty of life. Little happens but it's so simple and subtle and filled with depth and I love it.

  • Drew Gagnon
    2019-05-14 08:24

    Drew Gagnon book review 9/18I personaly think that the book, “A River Runs Through It”, was a great book to read.This book was writem by Norman Maclean, an author of many books including, “The NormanMaclean Reader” and “Men And Fire”. Norman Maclean is a very good author that uses good Good details and uses words to make the text come alive, making you feel as if you are in The text. The two main characters, Norman and Paul, and their family are fly-fishermen, and They are very skilled at it. They live in the Big Sky Country, Montana, at the juntion of twoRivers that are great for trout fishing. Their father is a Presbyterian minister and tells NormanAnd Paul about Christ’s disciples of being a fly-fisherman. I strongly recomend this book to anyone that likes to fish, including me. If you don’t Understand the main points of being fishing but want to learn, you should read, “A River Runs Trough It”, it is a great book to read. Even if you if youre not a huge fan of fishing, I bet You will still get “hooked” if you read it. So if you like fishing or even want to learn a few skills about fly-fishing, I recommendYou to read, “A River Runs Trough It”, by Norman Maclean to read. Enjoy.

  • Adam Tallmadge
    2019-05-16 10:37

    The book A River Runs Through It is a great book and a great true story. It is set in Montana about a family with two grown boys, one who after high school goes on to pursue further education. And the other who stays in Montana, there names are Norman and Paul. Norman goes off to school and later comes back home to spend time with his family, while at home him and Paul go fishing on the Blackfoot river. They spend a great deal of time together fly fishing. Norman falls in love with a girl named Jessie. Norman gets asked to take Jessie's brother out fishing, so he asks Paul to come along. Her brother Neal had never been fishing before and showed up drunk. This ends badly for Norman because he gets blamed for Neal getting sun burned and having a bad time. His brother Paul has a gambling problem and always goes to a little bar in Lolo Montana. Norman goes to the bar with him and tries to get him to come home with him but Paul is to stubborn and won't leave. Eventually that "little" gambling problem gets Paul killed. Paul gets in a fight and dies of a blunt force trauma to the head caused by the butt of a revolver. This tragedy hit Norman extra hard, he thought that he had let Paul down for not being there for him.

  • Jill
    2019-05-02 11:34

    Lots of fishing going on! However the poetic writing, descriptions of the river as an allegory to life itself makes the multiple fishing trips a joy to read through. My husband would ask me what is the book about...I would reply fishing, but there is really much more to the story that is subtly told. A beautiful memoir to his brother. I love how his brother remains a mystery. That is so true to family members or co workers. You only know them trough the facet that you interact with them. You rarely get to see the other side to these persons that are so close to you and impact your thoughts so often. This is one Kindle purchase that is actually affordable (pricing of Kindle reads is another discussion) and definitely worth your time reading. My only complain is that I'm not much of a fiy fisher, so sometimes I got bored at the fish talk. However everyone can appreciate the beauty of nature and how we experience only brief moments in idyllic settings that create a lifetime memory.

  • Emma
    2019-05-04 14:35

    At first I was really annoyed by this book. It was set up in such a weird way. Instead of chapters this novel was one continuous story. This continued to annoy me until I read the following found towards the end of the novel. "As the heat mirages on the river in front of me danced with and through each other, I could feel patterns from my own life joining with them. It was here, while waiting for my brother, that I started this story, although, of course, at the time I did not know that stories of life are often more like rivers than books. But I knew a story had begun, perhaps long ago near the sound of water. And I sensed that ahead I would meet something that would never erode so there would be a sharp turn, deep circles a deposit, and quietness" (99). The book is set up the way it is because of the river.It's a great little read. You'll learn a lot about fishing and just life in general. I would recommend checking it out.

  • Deirdre Keating
    2019-05-19 14:36

    First read in a college class, 1989. Fell hard, as it spoke to biggest issue in my life at the time, "am I my brother's keeper?"Read again and again, loved the movie despite feeling Norman was miscast. Read again most recently in January 2016 when I found none of the books I thought I "should" be reading---even the ones I want to be reading---could keep my attention. Consumed it in one day while taking down the Christmas decorations and making a pot roast dinner.The conversation between Norman and his father. The small bits of his dialogue with his wife. So grateful for his later in life perspective, and the over-riding sense that, while we will all be haunted by the question Norman's father asked, we are part of something larger than any of us. And that we can love without understanding.

  • Helen
    2019-05-21 15:36

    What a beautifully written little book! Even though a lot of it is about fly fishing and I have no interest in fishing of any kind, I found it to be a very moving story about life and relationships. It is a largely autobiographical short novel Norman Maclean wrote about growing up in Montana with his brother, Paul. Maclean was the dutiful son and Paul the good-time son given to drinking, gambling and brawling. Maclean wanted deeply to help his brother, but never could. I think this story resonates with many readers who have someone they care about--friend, relative, co-worker--who lives on the edge and isn't interested in stepping back from it. And the prose is wonderful. It did not, however, convince me that I would like to go fly fishing.