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Río de la vida y otros relatos, El (original 1976; edition 2010)

by Norman Maclean

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Title:Río de la vida y otros relatos, El
Authors:Norman Maclean
Info:Barcelona: Libros del Asteroide
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:Literatura inglesa, Montana, Estados Unidos, Siglo XX, Realismo

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A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean (1976)



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A really lovely and understated book. Took me a while to get into it, however. It was also one of those books that I wish I had just sat down and read in one sitting (it's only 150 pages) because I think it would have had a greater impact as a whole thing.

Sometimes there was a little too much information about fly fishing. I get that it was sometimes a metaphor, but still...

I did love the way that the approach to fly fishing reflected the family relationships and expectations. I thought the last scene was beautiful. ( )
  abbeyhar | Nov 8, 2016 |
What you need to know is that this is mainly a book about fishing. And brothers. And the pain of Family. It is not the movie, although it is clearly the brothers of the movie and I think if I read more of these stories, I'll find the movie story. I've never been a fisherman. It doesn't work to read and fish, so that's out. But I do love fishermen, my grandad in particular. So I loved reading about fishing. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
I've read this three times and it gets better upon each re-reading. "Logging, pimping, and your pal Jim" is a great essay, as is the final story. Is there a better last line than the one that ends the titular story? "I am haunted by waters." Nope. Best ever. ( )
  evamat72 | Mar 31, 2016 |
This is a collection of several stories. Each intrigued me and I read about the characters with interest. It starts as a fly fishing narrative and continues to document the development of Northern Idaho and Western Montana during the early 20th century. Those people existed and had many adventures that the reader lives through the author. Each story stands alone; the first has been turned into a movie. The others are just as exciting and fulfilling. Too bad the author did not produce many books--he's good. ( )
  buffalogr | Feb 1, 2016 |
a very wonderful book ( )
  oel_3 | Jan 17, 2016 |
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It is an artful and painful story of family, fishing, life and death.

Contains these stories:
"A River Runs Through It"
"Logging and Pimping and 'Your Pal, Jim'"
"USFS 1919: The Ranger, the Cook, and a Hole in the Sky"

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0226500667, Paperback)

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."

"Altogether beautiful in the power of its feeling. . . . As beautiful as anything in Thoreau or Hemingway."—Alfred Kazin, Chicago Tribune Book World

"It is an enchanted tale. . . . I have read the story three times now, and each time it seems fuller."— Roger Sale, New York Review of Books

"Maclean's book—acerbic, laconic, deadpan—rings out of a rich American tradition that includes Mark Twain, Kin Hubbard, Richard Bissell, Jean Shepherd, and Nelson Algren. I love its sound."—James R. Frakes, New York Times Book Review

"The title novella is the prize. . . . Something unique and marvelous: a story that is at once an evocation of nature's miracles and realities and a probing of human mysteries. Wise, witty, wonderful, Maclean spins his tales, casts his flies, fishes the rivers and the woods for what he remembers from his youth in the Rockies."—Publishers Weekly

"Ostensibly a 'fishing story,' 'A River Runs through It' is really an autobiographical elegy that captivates readers who have never held a fly rod in their hand. In it the art of casting a fly becomes a ritual of grace, a metaphor for man's attempt to move into nature."—Andrew Rosenheim, The Independent

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Collection of three Western stories, featuring the title piece about the relationship between a father and his two sons, bound together by love and fly fishing.

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