We are willing to help, Lord, but what, if anything, is needed? For it is true we can seldom help those closest to us. Either we don’t know what part of ourselves to give or, more often than not, the part we have to give is not wanted. And so it is those we live with and should know who elude us. But we can still love them – we can love completely without complete understanding.
A river runs through the lives of the two Maclean brothers, the older one, Norman, a serious married worker, the youngest, Paul, gifted by an amazing skill in fly fishing, who loves women, gambling and alcohol.
The river and fly fishing are the only points of contact between these two different men, because only when fishing they can understand the other one like they are not able to do in the rest of their lives.
The novel is rich of details about fly fishing; I found them interesting and useful to detail the relationship between the two.
The story is partly autobiographical and the reader, talking about the ups and downs with his brother, teach us that it is still possible to love also without complete understanding.
* A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean ★★★★☆
*I read this book in Italian