Fishing For A Useful Life

TITLE: A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT

DIRECTOR: ROBERT REDFORD

WRITER: RICHARD FRIEDENBERG

THE BOTTOM LINE: Norman Maclean's evocative novella of amazing grace is captured with understated artistry.

"I AM HAUNTED BY WATERS," Norman Maclean wrote at the end of A River Runs Through It, his memoir-novella about growing up in Montana in the early years of this century. The phrase is both appropriate and curious: appropriate because his little story (104 pages) is mostly about standing in mountain streams with his brother Paul, fly-fishing for trout; curious because Maclean's prose is dry and laconic, nothing watery about it. It does not...

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