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
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 ...more
Donovan Hohn begins his tale with an accident at sea. A container ship, in the face of fifty-foot waves, rolls sufficiently to dump more than a few containers, those box-car sized giant legos that we use to transport stuff from here to there. One such dumpee held a large quantity of plastic bath toys. Included were beavers, frogs, turtles and the most-familiar, ducks. Not rubber, mind you, but plastic. His aim is to find as many places ...more
Instead he threw together a horribly disjointed rant with a few funny comments here and there. Half the time he's just describing and telling the reader how he feels. The rest of the time he briefly comments on a certain topic before randomly changing ...more
Just when you think there is nothing new under the sun, along comes something totally fucking insanely surprising.
Here is a totally true story, which I am not just making up so that I will win the First Reads giveaway for this book (but please can I have this book, Goodreads Gods??): Donovan Hohn, ...more
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 by Donovan Hohn proved to be a disappointing book. I had high hopes for the book as it received quite a few positive reviews both on Goodreads and in the book press in general. Unfortunately I could not get past the self-revelatory clap trap that the author seemed hell bent on sharing whether it was relevant or not. I...more
That story turns out to have been false, part of the growing myth surrounding the Friendly Floatees. Much like the white whale, a figment of the collective imagination.
This book tells the story, as best can be ...more
I didn't always enjoy the 305,017 other details the author felt the need to research and share (and I ...more
It was way too detailed when it came to names, dates and somewhat irrelevant connections between people. He jumps about in the timeline in a very confusing way sometimes and when giving examples ...more
I kept expecting to learn something, but gave up. This book was obviously sold on concept and the real concept was to give the author the chance to take adventure vacations paid for by grants and an advance.
The author, who is obviously one of the privileged (no one else can afford to teach at the kind of NYC private school he taught at) pretends to be poor, which is offensive, and his reporting on other people is permeated with conceit he seems unaware of. He lost me completely ...more
He talks about feeling trapped and that his life is no longer his own after seeing his child's ultrasound. He then proceeds to take off on a bit of a fool's errand just before his wife's due, and from what I ...more
But also, much of the praise for this book is valid too. Something about it compels you to stick with it, mirroring many readers' ...more
Some parts are a little drawn out though. The book has a lot of pages, but some chapters are too abstract and don't add anything to the message in my opinion.
Here were my main problems with it:
1. It's too fragmented. Each adventure makes sense on their own, but there's little effort to connect them into a cohesive ...more
That's my ...more