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A River Runs Through It

Abridged   4 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/22/2002

A River Runs Through It

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

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Product Description

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.

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.


“Wise, witty, and wonderful.”
      —Publishers Weekly

“Exquisite . . . this recording joins the ranks of the few near-perfect matches of reader and author.”
      —Philadelphia Inquirer

Author Bio

NORMAN MACLEAN grew up in and around Missoula, Montana, where he worked in logging camps and for the U.S. Forest Service. He attended Dartmouth College and taught English for 46 years at the University of Chicago. He began writing A River Runs Through It in his 70s, at the request of his children. His son John remembers him as "the greatest man in the world to go fishing with."