Amber'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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Jun 08, 2011

really liked it

An in-depth study of that iconic American toy, the rubber duck! How long have we needed for this book to be written? I admit that it was the cover that got my attention, but after reading the whole title there was no way I wasn't going to read this book. Mr. Hohn follows a tale of castaway tub toys to Alaska, China, the Northwest Passage, and Hawaii, delving into the history of all kinds of things in the process. We get a look at the actual factory the toys are made in, the toy seller conventions where the manufacturer gets buyers to take on their product, the world of cargo ships that transport the product across the ocean, the scientific researchers who study the drift of castaway toys and the collection of the chemicals and bits of plastic that result from the weathering of these toys, and the people who clean up the castaways when they finally wash up on a beach somewhere. Mr. Hohn takes an assortment of literary travel companions, often quoting Melville or Arctic explorers of various stripes. Mr. Hohn has a literary mind and often has the kind of tangential ponderings that I'm prone to, which I really love to read!

This is a rambling adventure that will make sure that you never look at a rubber duck the same way again.

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