A River Runs through It (Wood Engravings by Barry Moser)

A River Runs through It (Wood Engravings by Barry Moser)


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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, 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 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

"Wise, witty, wonderful, Maclean spins his tales, casts his flies, fishes the rivers and woods for what he remembers of his youth in the Rockies."—Barbara Bannon, Publishers Weekly

"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."—Nick Lyons, Fly-Fisherman

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226500607
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 05/15/1989
Edition description: 1
Pages: 161
Sales rank: 728,963
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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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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)

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A River Runs Through It 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the most heartfelt and true-to-life book I have ever read. I could not stop reading it once I started.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everytime I read this tale I fall deeper in love with the words of this wonderful and deeply profound book. The author did a wonderful, magnificent, excellent, boistourous job at writing it. A River Runs Through It is a book I could sit down and read every day. I love it so much. Snaps and Claps if you agree! Email me if you want to discuss the author and his work. Norman MacLean is the wonderful man responsible for this heart gripping book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truly classic book. The book is a great story of life, love and loss. This is one to have on the book shelf. There is one line i love the most '...eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs thorugh it. The river was cut by the worlds great flood and runs over rocks from the basment of time...
watson_1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a well-written and enjoyable book. The movie was pretty true to the book and I saw the movie first. So, it was a bit hard to keep the two separate as I read it. The book has a slow pace to it, like the movie. So, you should be ready for that. But, that is part of the beauty of the book.
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TomB More than 1 year ago
Being a retired guy who recently took up fly fishing as a hobby, I truly enjoyed Norman Maclean's masterpiece. Only fly fisherman can truly appreciate the the skills, challenges, and excitement that he describes. More importantly for me, however is his ability to bring me back to a simpler time when family values, individuality, and faith were our fundamental cornerstones. His writing style placed me in the middle of everything that was happening and I was totally absorbed throughout. I recommend it highly to those that enjoy character studies.
CaitMW More than 1 year ago
I gave this to my husband for his birthday because he loves fly fishing, and the movie of the same title. He can't put it down.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie so I have decieded to buy the book and I loved that to. Beats any other book ever
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw the movie and loved it so I thought that I would like the book. I got the book and read it in one day. I could not put it down! Since then I have read it two more times. This story, at first, seemed like it was all about flyfishing, but in the end you realize that flyfishing is used in a much deeper meaning. I would recomend this book to not only the person who likes flyfishing but any one who like a really good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection of stories by MacLean is certian to be considered one of the most important pieces of literature of the Twentieth Century. It is not a story about fly fishing! It is a story about life and the difficulties of loving and knowing those close to you told through a magnificently woven tale. The tale is no doubt bittersweet, but it is satisfying. Though the canvas of one's life may be far removed from the rural Montana of the early twentieth century, shadows of it will be seen in MacLean's story. It is haunting and wonderful all wrapped together. I am certain that you will savor it time and again.