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A River Runs Through It | Study Guide

Norman Maclean

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Overview

Author

Norman Maclean

Year Published

1976

Type

Novella

Genre

Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

A River Runs Through It is told from the first-person point of view by the author Norman Maclean, a retired college professor. The novella is closely based on Maclean's own family's story.

Tense

A River Runs Through It is told in the past tense.

About the Title

The title A River Runs Through It refers to the Maclean men's bond through their love of fly-fishing. It also refers to the memories the author has of his family and the time spent with his father and brother. The story revolves around fishing, but the river is also a metaphor for life. The river—whether it is the Big Blackfoot River or the river of life—moves on, leaving people fishing alone or fishing for memories.

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