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

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 beautifulA 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.
Red Summer The Danger Madness and Exaltation of Salmon Fishing in a Remote Alaskan Village 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

  • Title: Red Summer: The Danger, Madness, and Exaltation of Salmon Fishing in a Remote Alaskan Village
  • Author: Bill Carter
  • ISBN: 9780743297066
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. [3 1/2 stars]Without an overall story arc or much revealed about the author's life, Red Summer reads as a slightly philosophical, sometimes political and very long National Geographic article about people you don't get to know all that well (except for Sharon, the boat captain who hires Carter). I oscillated between being fascinated and wondering why anyone would do this sort or work, especially if the money isn't good any more. Then I wondered why anybody would write a book about this sort of w [...]

    2. 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, because most of the time I do enjoy it a lot. I picked it up after hearing about it on the Rick Emerson show - given that in the past, I've picked up World War Z, Youth in Revolt, and Under the Banner of Heaven for the same reasons, I didn't think he'd steer me wrong - and my interest is extra piqued by d [...]

    3. Having lived in Bristol Bay for 16 years, I was ready to jump all over the inaccuracies and exaggerations of this book. There actually were very few things that didn't ring true. I also thought a fisherman wouldn't be able to write eloquently about the intense experience of fishing in Bristol Bay or keep my attention. After reading the book in four days, I discovered the author was actually a writer who was fishing to make ends meet. I thoroughly enjoyed the format of the book and the gripping, [...]

    4. Another surprisingly good book by this author. A must read for salmon enthusiasts (foodies), fishermen, and lovers of a good adventure. So much humanity mixed with the ebb and flow of nature that I think I am rooting for the fish (and the bears - and I don't necessarily even like bears). Well done.

    5. With heightened awareness of all things Alaskan right now, this is a very entertaining look at life in a small fishing village. It is a rough way to make a living, and the book captures the personalities who populate the state.

    6. Interesting look at seasonal salmon fishing in Egegik, Alaska. The natural balance of the bay, rivers, and salmon is described with emphasis on its fragility. Carter makes clear the importance of nature above and beyond people. Bears always win.

    7. A Naturalist's version of The Deadliest Catch that focuses on the community in Egegik, Alaska as well as the salmon fishing.

    8. EXCELLENT adventure! I really liked this book, I could vividly imagine what it would be like to be in that fish camp.

    9. Salmon fishing is a brutal way to earn a living, and yet some of those who do it can't keep away from it. Carter attempts to explain why, based on his 4 summers as a salmon fisherman in Egegik, a remote village in the Aleutians.Two stars primarily for the language. Trying to weave my way past entire conversations and still get the gist of the book proved too tiresome, and I stopped halfway through. However, the non-conversational parts were interesting.My favorite chapter was the one on Bush Rad [...]

    10. 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.

    11. My favorite quote from the book, "Do the work or leave." When you're in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness, this roughly translates to: "Do the work."

    12. Carter's book is pretty well written and of interest to me personally as I am involved with the shipment of frozen seafood from Alaska. I was engaged until about page 120 when he started to interject his political commentary. I am not a big fan of that in any book, but especially when that commentary consists of worn-out, thoughtless rhetoric. In this particular case it seemed to be symptomatic of stretching out a book past its natural length as he also started to become rather repetitive in his [...]

    13. Red Summer is a memoir of four summers spent fishing for salmon in a remote Alaskan village. The author traces his experiences from petrified novice crew member to accepted summer fisherman. It was interesting to learn about the highly-regulated salmon fishery of Bristol Bay and the backbreaking work required, as well as the colorful personalities of the isolated village, but the book becomes repetitive after a while.

    14. I loved this book. If I am reading non fiction this is the type of book I will read. Read two of his books now and waiting for a third to arrive in the mail. Great story! Great writing! Great job!

    15. Brutal portrayal of the hardships associated with fishing for sockeye salmon in Alaska both on a personal level and on a societal level. It felt like the author had done a good job researching the topic. I'm not sure how I wanted it to end, but it didn't feel right.

    16. Great book. I found this a fascinating look at the life of a commercial fisherman in Alaska, and of the people of this small town.

    17. Excellent NF, which sometimes feels like reading fiction. A description might not sound fascinating, but this book is. I will probably read more of Carter's work.

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