Moby-Duck by Donovan Hohn
The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author,Who Went in Search of Them

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With more details than a reader may be willing to absorb at a single sitting (as in Moby Dick) Moby-Duck presents information in lively, at times, eloquent prose. So clearly partisan (against the proliferation of plastics) though fair in presenting the argument of ecology vs. economy, Moby-Duck may best be absorbed in increments.
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A compulsively readable narrative of whimsy and curiosity- "adventurous, inquisitive, and brightly illuminating" (Janet Maslin, The New York Times).

When the writer Donovan Hohn heard of the mysterious loss of thousands of bath toys at sea, he figured he would interview a few oceanographers, talk to a few beachcombers, and read up on Arctic science and geography. But questions can be like ocean currents: wade in too far, and they carry you away. Hohn's accidental odyssey pulls him into the secretive arena of shipping conglomerates, the daring work of Arctic researchers, the lunatic risks of maverick sailors, and the shadowy world of Chinese toy factories. Moby-Duck is a journey into the heart of the sea and an adventure through science, myth, the global economy, and some of the worst weather imaginable.


 

About Donovan Hohn

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DONOVAN HOHN is a journalist whose work has appeared in Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, and Outside, as well as being featured in Best American Science Writing and the Best Creative Nonfiction. The recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, he is currently a senior editor at Harper's magazine. He lives in New York with his wife and children.
 
Published March 3, 2011 by Penguin Books. 416 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Travel, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Joan Baum Joan Baum on Feb 26 2017

With more details than a reader may be willing to absorb at a single sitting (as in Moby Dick) Moby-Duck presents information in lively, at times, eloquent prose. So clearly partisan (against the proliferation of plastics) though fair in presenting the argument of ecology vs. economy, Moby-Duck may best be absorbed in increments.

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