03 November 2012

A River Runs Through It and Other Stories


Synopsis: Unique in the annals of modern fiction, A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT is more than just a portrait of a vanished America – it is a living piece of that world. Written when Norman Maclean was in his seventies, his first book of fiction was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and became a bestseller.

The title novella recalls the experiences of a young man in frontier Montana: of his minister father, who taught his sons the ways of grace and fly fishing; of his brother, an artist at trout fishing but less than successful at life; and the swift, cold rivers that ran from the heart of the mountains into the still-mysterious heart of man.

First line: In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing.

Stats for my copy: Paperback, published by Pocket Books, 1992; purchased at a library book sale in 2007.

My thoughts: I made it through about 60 pages before I gave up. It's not a novel, it's a fly fishing manual.

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