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06 January 2009

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I'm going to get my hands on the Norman MacLean Reader. Thanks for the post.

I never thought of reading resolutions. Now I have something to ponder.

I haven't read Maclean, but always think of your accolades when his name comes up. Will pull a title tomorrow and give him a whirl.

A wonderful thing about being a reader is how a writer from a different place and time sometimes seems to be writing exactly about your own life and can put into words those things one can't articulate personally. I am finding all kinds of personal relevance in Moby Dick just lately. Hey, Melville wrote poetry too, though I haven't done more than sample that...

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Thanks for a lovely post on a gray morning (at least in Virginia). I love that book - the last several pages, from the line that reads something like "one morning, the police called to tell me my brother had been beaten to death and his body dumped in an alley", are as good as any you will find. MacLean has to have felt it a fitting epitaph for his brother.

Susan,
I do hope you enjoy it. After you're done pondering you should come back and share your reading resolutions!

Laundress,
I know. I always oversell Maclean, and then people feel badly when they tell me they didn't love him as I did. Which is OKAY--I never mind hearing that someone didn't love a writer that I did; makes for more food for conversation. So if you don't like him don't be afraid to tell me, okay? Although I will make you tell me why you don't like him, if you don't....and do start with "A River Runs through It." "Young Men and Fire" is good too but not as perfectly formed as River.

Steve,
You're welcome. I'm glad you liked it. It's been nothing but gray mornings here in the midwest so maybe we're on the same light wavelength.
The sentence you mention was a tragic one but I do think that Maclean did his story justice, which is what he wanted to do. I think I love his book because it is an example of how you can love completely without complete understanding--which is a hard lesson, and one I keep having to re-learn.

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