Siobhan Glenn Glenn من عند Chinnathimminayanapalli, Tamil Nadu 635120، الهند
Norman Maclean, perhaps best known as the author of A River Runs Through It, began researching the famous Mann Gulch (in Montana) forest fire of 1949 late in his life, and worked on the project until the time of his death at age 88 in 1990. Thirteen young men, twelve of them Smokejumpers, died when this fire "blew up" and they couldn't outrun it. The tragedy evidently haunted Maclean, himself a woodsman, and he returned again and again to the site, trying to understand what had happened, and why. He never finished the book; his drafts were edited and published posthumously. The book is fascinating, albeit somewhat elliptical and a little too long, but one continues to pay attention despite some repitition because Maclean's digressions and ruminations are almost as interesting as the story of the fire itself. By the time it's over, the reader has learned not only about the fire, but also about the fragility of life, the heedlessness of youth, and the limits of understanding. Good stuff.