Katie's Reviews > Moby-Duck: 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

Moby-Duck by Donovan Hohn
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Jul 18, 2011

really liked it

The moment I saw this book available for pre-order it was added to my wish list. It was a classic case of Book By Cover Judgment. Quirky title referencing one of my all time favorites from American literature? Check. Eye catching image? Check. Overly wordy subtitle foretelling tales of travel and adventure? Bingo. Or maybe it was an equally classic case of Midwest girl being drawn in by yet another tale of the high seas. It's been known to happen. Moby Duck is exactly the sort of book I love--a book that takes the reader to places that he or she would never get to go otherwise, such as, remote areas of Alaska, the middle of nowhere in the Pacific (miles off the coast of Hawaii), the factories of China, the Northwest Passage. You see, Hohn is on a quest. He's hoping to discover what happened to a load of 28,800 Chinese manufactured plastic animals in a container that fell off a ship en route to Seattle in 1992. The value of this quest is lost on me, but I was delighted to go along for the ride anyway. Since it's release, Hohn's name has been mentioned in the same breath as Bill Bryson and John McPhee, but for me this book invoked another brilliant nonfiction writer with a journalist backgroud: Tony Horwitz. He has the same well-researched, self-deprecating style, coupled with firsthand travels and a fascinating cast of characters met along the way. Moby Duck is an educational trip to and across the ocean from the comfort of your home. http://kathrynfunk.squarespace.com/jo...

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