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Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the… (2011)

de Donovan Hohn

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When the author 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. His accidental odyssey pulls him into the secretive world of shipping conglomerates, the daring work of Arctic researchers, the lunatic risks of maverick sailors, and the shadowy world of Chinese toy factories. This work 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. With each new discovery, he learns of another loose thread, and with each successive chase, he comes closer to understanding where his castaway quarry comes from and where it goes.… (mais)
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A mad sort of book written after a American teacher discovers that a container spill at sea deposits 28,800 plastic bath toys at sea.

This book documents his trail of the bath toys, and takes him to the factory that made them, a trip across the Pacific on a container ship and across the northwest passage in search of them. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
Fascinating subject matter, but elaborately overwritten. The author could not resist a single artistic flourish, whether it helped tell the story or not. It meandered all over so many subjects that it became a bore. ( )
  pdill8 | Dec 13, 2019 |
3.75 stars for this one!

It's a bit too long and wordy (75 pages less would be about right). But meandering as it does through culture, toymaking, weather-vs-climate, polar ice, environmentalism, ocean currents, transoceanic shipping and childrens toys, this is a fascinating look at one of those great universal stories: 28800 plastic bath toys are lost at sea during shipping between China and Seattle, and then wash up on beaches for the next couple of decades.

It's a nicely explored book, well researched and well told. I learned a lot more than I thought I would, though there were also sections when I could loosely skim 15 or 20 pages and not care about what I missed.

Hohn is at his best when describing people and objects; he's really witty and fun. This makes the meandering worthwhile. ( )
  patl | Feb 18, 2019 |
I wanted to like this a lot more, but I felt like it wasn't cohesively written enough. I actually only got about 3/4 of the way through, then decided I'd gotten everything out of it that I could. ( )
  Abbey_Harlow | Oct 5, 2017 |
I remember hearing the stories about these ducks potentially washing up along the Maine coast, so when I got the chance to bring this book with me on a Maine vacation, I snatched it up, figuring it would make for good reading on a deck overlooking the water. It was. Hohn's book is an interesting and personal account of the author's quest to understand these ducks (and their floating comrades) but also to grasp the broader issues of transoceanic container shipping, the plague of plastic trash polluting the oceans, &c. Quite a bit of haring off on long tangents (probably could have stood to be a hundred pages or so shorter), but that didn't bother me too much at all in this case. ( )
  JBD1 | Sep 14, 2017 |
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In a book that works as a lively travelogue as well as a voyage of discovery and a philosophical inquiry of sorts (How did toy animals evolve into children’s playthings? And why are beloved, clichéd toy ducklings yellow when most species are not?) Mr. Hohn begins by taking a series of public ferries from Washington to Alaska, commenting as he goes about the ups and downs of that journey.
adicionado por lorax | editarNew York Times, Janet Maslin (Feb 20, 2011)
 

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When the author 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. His accidental odyssey pulls him into the secretive world of shipping conglomerates, the daring work of Arctic researchers, the lunatic risks of maverick sailors, and the shadowy world of Chinese toy factories. This work 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. With each new discovery, he learns of another loose thread, and with each successive chase, he comes closer to understanding where his castaway quarry comes from and where it goes.

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