Poaching picaresque, compassionate hunting

Two new reviews from Quill & Quire.  Jeffrey Moore’s The Extinction Club

Narrated in two voices – Nile’s and Céleste’s – The Extinction Club is simultaneously a story about the search for identity in a rootless postmodern world, a meditation on the survival of the fittest in a culture that preys upon defenseless things, and a dynamite picaresque about the animal-poaching trade. All these elements are beautifully interwoven in Moore’s haunting and darkly comic portrait of an unlikely friendship between two outcasts at the end of the line.

And David Carpenter’s A Hunter’s Confession.

Carpenter’s memoir is not so much an apologia for the practice of sport hunting; it is an attempt by one erstwhile hunter to grapple with the conflicting impulses and motivations behind the activity. Carpenter stopped hunting in 1995 after a near-death experience during which he made a deal with the universe that if he lived, he would never kill another living thing. Although he has remained true to his pledge, he retains an affinity for the hunt, and his analysis of why this should be makes for some provocative reading.


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