A River Runs Through It/Cassettes Author:Norman MacLean, Ivan Doig 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, the title novella has established itself as one of the most moving stories of our time; it ... more »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.
The paperback edition is now available with an evocative new cover by acclaimed Montana painter Russell Chatham.
"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
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.« less
One of the best selling audiotapes ever! This title has become hard to find lately due to buyouts of various publishers.
This beautifully written autobiographical tale has become one of the classics of American Literature! I can just picture all the kids in middle school and high school having to do reports on this one.
This book contains numerous themes, with some of the strongest being the struggle for grace (represented by the art of fly fishing), the ebb and flow of time, and the whole idea of family. To me, the examination of "family" is perhaps the strongest theme in the book. You examine relationships between husband and wife, father and son, mother and son. It's the duties and relationships that seem to be the centerpiece of the story. MacLean's haunting by what happens to his brother makes the book what it is.
This is a wonderful little audio - if you have or haven't seen the movie, give it a listen - renew your admiration for the classic story.