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A River Runs Through It and Other Stories (1976)

por Norman Maclean

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Just as Norman Maclean writes at the end of "A River Runs through It" that he is "haunted by waters," so have readers been haunted by his novella. A retired English professor who began writing fiction at the age of 70, Maclean produced what is now recognized as one of the classic American stories of the twentieth century. Originally published in 1976, A River Runs through It and Other Stories now celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary, marked by this new edition that includes a foreword by Annie Proulx. Maclean grew up in the western Rocky Mountains in the first decades of the twentieth century. As a young man he worked many summers in logging camps and for the United States Forest Service. The two novellas and short story in this collection are based on his own experiences--the experiences of a young man who found that life was only a step from art in its structures and beauty. The beauty he found was in reality, and so he leaves a careful record of what it was like to work in the woods when it was still a world of horse and hand and foot, without power saws, "cats," or four-wheel drives. Populated with drunks, loggers, card sharks, and whores, and set in the small towns and surrounding trout streams and mountains of western Montana, the stories concern themselves with the complexities of fly fishing, logging, fighting forest fires, playing cribbage, and being a husband, a son, and a father. By turns raunchy, poignant, caustic, and elegiac, these are superb tales which express, in Maclean's own words, "a little of the love I have for the earth as it goes by." A first offering from a 70-year-old writer, the basis of a top-grossing movie, and the first original fiction published by the University of Chicago Press, A River Runs through It and Other Stories has sold more than a million copies. As Proulx writes in her foreword to this new edition, "In 1990 Norman Maclean died in body, but for hundreds of thousands of readers he will live as long as fish swim and books are made."… (mais)
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I’ve returned to my past, to a glorious part of it with a book titled A River Runs Through It. I’ve returned to this book a number of times before, but like so many other things that my late wife and I shared a strong passion for, it has become a little more bittersweet in its glory now these many years later. The book shares its pages with two stories also by Norman Maclean, “Logging and Pimping and ‘Your Pal, Jim’” and “USFS 1919: The Ranger, the Cook, and a Hole in the Sky.” The first is quite a short piece, while the second is much longer, but they both allow Maclean to draw on his long experience with the backwoods of Montana, and the hard life of loggers and those in the United States Forest Service.
While these two stories are rougher than River in many ways—partly as they lack the family connection of the novella—they are strong stories on their own.

I returned to the book after catching the last third of Robert Redford’s beautiful movie based on the book. This edition has an excellent foreword written by Redford that gives some insights into the author’s thoughts. Redford learned much while fishing with him, as he courted the man for his permission to film a version of the book. Most unfortunately, Maclean died before the movie got into production, but the movie’s stunning last scene features the author in his natural habitat. Maclean is shown by the water with his fly rod, casting in the canyon’s fading light, as Redford’s narration reads the last haunting lines of the book.

The story and emotions of A River Runs Through It are good enough to eat, but I’m afraid that it would taste like fish, and fish rarely pleases my palate. Somewhere in my fabled boxes of books in a nearby storage unit, are at least two editions of this book. One has the gorgeous drawings of Barry Moser. At my present rate, I will never get through my only wealth left in life—all those boxes of books collected over both Vicky’s and my own years of bookselling and reading. We’d always held to a fantasy that we would once again live somewhere that would allow us to shelve all our wealth again, making any book available to pick off a shelf to reread or loan to a friend. Vicky had always wanted to name a bookstore Old Friends, because that’s what one’s very favorite books become. But we always feared that the public would assume that we were only selling used books and we looked elsewhere for a store name. So, I live on alone, with most all my old friends in boxes.

Nowadays, I wish we’d used that name and simply educated our customers about making old friends of new books. Our extensive book collection has been boxed up for far too many years. In the end, I gave another bookstore a sale, so that I could spend some perfectly golden time reading A River Runs Through It, all over again. ( )
1 vote jphamilton | May 20, 2021 |
Three short stories drawing on Maclean's life as a forest employee, a logger and his family. The main story is centered on family and fishing, fly fishing to be exact. All three stories are told with beautiful prose and makes you feel like you are there with them' ( )
  foof2you | Mar 27, 2021 |
I probably won't read this, but I did watch the film version the other day, which makes me say this. Don't die suddenly if you can avoid it. Just don't.
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
I don't think I'm the target audience for this collection. I was pretty bored for most of it. Although, I do believe this is something my dad would enjoy.
  tntbeckyford | Feb 16, 2019 |
Gave up half way through. I just don't get it at all. ( )
  _rixx_ | Aug 30, 2018 |
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Just as Norman Maclean writes at the end of "A River Runs through It" that he is "haunted by waters," so have readers been haunted by his novella. A retired English professor who began writing fiction at the age of 70, Maclean produced what is now recognized as one of the classic American stories of the twentieth century. Originally published in 1976, A River Runs through It and Other Stories now celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary, marked by this new edition that includes a foreword by Annie Proulx. Maclean grew up in the western Rocky Mountains in the first decades of the twentieth century. As a young man he worked many summers in logging camps and for the United States Forest Service. The two novellas and short story in this collection are based on his own experiences--the experiences of a young man who found that life was only a step from art in its structures and beauty. The beauty he found was in reality, and so he leaves a careful record of what it was like to work in the woods when it was still a world of horse and hand and foot, without power saws, "cats," or four-wheel drives. Populated with drunks, loggers, card sharks, and whores, and set in the small towns and surrounding trout streams and mountains of western Montana, the stories concern themselves with the complexities of fly fishing, logging, fighting forest fires, playing cribbage, and being a husband, a son, and a father. By turns raunchy, poignant, caustic, and elegiac, these are superb tales which express, in Maclean's own words, "a little of the love I have for the earth as it goes by." A first offering from a 70-year-old writer, the basis of a top-grossing movie, and the first original fiction published by the University of Chicago Press, A River Runs through It and Other Stories has sold more than a million copies. As Proulx writes in her foreword to this new edition, "In 1990 Norman Maclean died in body, but for hundreds of thousands of readers he will live as long as fish swim and books are made."

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