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Like In Our time, which unifies its disparate contents through between-the-acts episodes drawn from Hemingway's war experiences, Running After Antelope strings its many-colored beads on a single narrative thread—Carrier's ongoing, passionate attempt to run down a pronghorn antelope. Scenes from this picaresque quest—odd, inspired, and most times futile—are juxtaposed with stories about little league, sibling rivalry, falling in love, and working in the journalist's trade. Together they form a most unique record of a most unique life, a life that embraces discovery and celebrates pursuit for the sake of the chase.
About the Author:
Scott Carrier was born in Lawrence, Kansas. Since 1983 he has been an independent producer for public radio, and is now a regular contributor to Ira Glass's "This American Life." he lives in Salt Lake City with his family.
"What do you think we should do?" I ask.
"I think we should try it again. Let's find some more."
"And so we do. We chase antelope off and on for two days, but, basically they just ditch us every time."
—excerpt from Running After Antelope
|Little League Haiku||5|
|Come to Stay||21|
|Trout Stream Families||25|
|The Friendly Man||28|
|A Trip to Cambodia||65|
|1997 the Seri||108|
|1997 the Chase||127|
Posted April 30, 2001
Scott Carrier is driven to lead the primitive life. He tore his house down to bare studs in order to live like a primitive and almost lost his family. He seems to be seeking the best way to follow his interests and feed his family at the same time. His quest takes him into Cambodia, Chiapas, Kashmir, and of course Salt Lake City. His tales are human at the most basic level. It seems that Carrier himself wants nothing more than life's most basic necessities, and in his accounts of his various foreign correspondent trips, he meets a variety of characters who also dream of having their daily bread--nothing more. I disagree with the critic who found these passages extraneous. Carrier's arrogance and the deflation of that arrogance on several occasions serve to bring him back down to his flawed humanity, which was the goal of this book. In his interviews with the members of the primitive cultures who subsisted on deer and antelope they had chased and killed with their bare hands, we see that Carrier's conclusion is that life is better in a primitive society. The surviving Indians he meets in Mexico can no longer hunt on foot--they have forgotten the skill, and deer have become scarce--but they regret that time has changed them; they believe that life was better before they were 'civilized.' It is a great debate, and Carrier's uncertain voice held my interest throughout.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.