Norman Maclean Quote

In 1949 the Smokejumpers were still so young that they referred affectionately to all fires they jumped on as ten o’clock fires, as if they already had them under control before they jumped. They were still so young they hadn’t learned to count the odds and to sense they might owe the universe a tragedy.

Norman Maclean

In 1949 the Smokejumpers were still so young that they referred affectionately to all fires they jumped on as ten o’clock fires, as if they already had them under control before they jumped. They were still so young they hadn’t learned to count the odds and to sense they might owe the universe a tragedy.

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About Norman Maclean

Norman Fitzroy Maclean (December 23, 1902 – August 2, 1990) was a Scottish-American professor at the University of Chicago who became, following his retirement, a major figure in American literature. Maclean is best known for his collection of novellas A River Runs Through It and Other Stories (1976) and the creative nonfiction book Young Men and Fire (1992).