Red Summer: The Danger, Madness, and Exaltation of Salmon Fishing in a Remote Alaskan Village (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, May 13, 2008 - Nature - 256 pages
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A vivid, unforgettable account of the danger, pain, and joy of working on a salmon fishing boat and living in a small village on the farthest edge of Alaska

Set in the tiny Native village of Egegik on the shores of Alaska's Bristol Bay, Bill Carter's Red Summer is the thrilling story of one man's journey from novice to seasoned fisherman over the course of four beautiful, brutal summers in one of the earth's few remaining wild places. As millions of salmon race toward their annual spawning grounds, Carter learns the ancient, backbreaking trade of the set net fisherman, one of the most exhilarating and dangerous jobs in the world.

Housed in a dilapidated shack with no hot water and boarded-up windows that keep the bears at bay, Carter spends his days battling the elements on the river and his nights drinking whiskey with a memorable group of hardworking, hard-living characters. There's Sharon, the tough, charismatic woman who runs Carter's fishing crew; Carl, her stoic but warmhearted colleague; and a half-dozen local fishermen, many born and raised in this unforgiving place. Their stories -- harrowing, touching, full of humor -- all underscore the credo of the village's fishermen: Do the work or leave.

Carter's crew is imperiled a number of times as tides rise, nets are snagged, and the weight of too many fish threatens to sink their boat. Written with gusto and honesty, Red Summer brims with astonishing human experience and joins the grand tradition of books written by great American outdoorsmen-writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Edward Abbey, Peter Matthiessen, and Sebastian Junger. Red Summer will appeal not only to fishermen, naturalists, adventurers, and armchair anthropologists alike but also to anyone who has ever yearned, however privately, to escape the bonds of modern civilization.
  

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Review: Red Summer: The Danger, Madness, and Exaltation of Salmon Fishing in a Remote Alaskan Village

User Review  - Scott Carson - Goodreads

Loved it! Bill describes the life of the fishermen (and women) in remote, rural Alaska. I love the insights into another slice of life, offer by a writer who make it come to life. Very much worth the time. Read full review

Review: Red Summer: The Danger, Madness, and Exaltation of Salmon Fishing in a Remote Alaskan Village

User Review  - Ellen B. - Goodreads

Okay, it took me an absurdly long time to read, (in my defense, I got distracted by A Song of Ice and Fire,) but I did really enjoy this. I don't read enough nonfiction, which is kind of silly ... Read full review

Contents

Rules
15
The Flats
39
Twentyeight Thousand Pounds
55
Malibu Marty
70
How Was Your Winter?
87
Sourdough
102
The Last Frontier
116
Too Many Fish
134
Church Hill
147
Crime
170
Becharof Lodge
185
Katmai
199
Sinking
215
Acknowledgments
233
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About the author (2008)

Bill Carter is the author of Red Summer: The Danger, Madness, and Exaltation of Salmon Fishing in a Remote Alaskan Village and Fools Rush In: A True Story of Love, War, and Redemption. He has written for Rolling Stone, Outside, Menís Journal, and other publications.

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