The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea


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The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea

by Donovan Hohn (Author)



ISBN: 9781908526021


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Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea by Donovan Hohn (Paperback) (ISBN: 9781908526021)

‘An unusual combination of whimsy and factual punctiliousness. Here's something
original and eccentric and multi-faceted that tells you a good many interesting things
about the world’ Sam Leith, Guardian

On 10 January 1992, two containers snapped loose from their lashings on a cargo ship en route to the US from China, tumbling into the Pacific Ocean. So began the epic journey of 28,800 plastic bath toys – yellow ducks, green frogs, red beavers and blue turtles – which have circumnavigated the globe and been found washed up in the strangest of places ever since.

It’s a rather preposterous image – a lone yellow duck, bobbing about in the Atlantic Ocean, having swum the length and breadth of the earth over a period of nearly 20 years. It was enough to capture the imagination of Donovan Hohn who set off on a journey of his own to discover where these renegade rubber ducks had come from and where they might be heading.

Hohn had intended to interview a few oceanographers, talk to some beachcombers, and read up on science and geography. ‘But questions can be like ocean currents: wade in too far, and they carry you away.’ What started out as a pet project soon turned into an in-depth investigation into the heart of the sea through science, myth, the global economy, and some of the worst weather imaginable.

In the grand tradition of Tony Horwitz and David Quammen, Moby-Duck is a compulsively readable narrative of whimsy and curiosity for anyone who is interested in obsession, travel, plastic, and that great American novel, Moby-Dick.

Donovan Hohn is the recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, a 2010 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, Hopwood Awards in essay and poetry, and a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship. His work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Outside and The Best Creative Nonfiction, Vol. 2. A former English teacher and senior editor of Harper’s, he is now the features editor at American GQ. He lives in New York with his wife and sons. Moby-Duck is his first book.


ISBN 1908526025
ISBN13 9781908526021
Publisher Union Books
Format Paperback
Publication date 01/09/2012
Pages 416
Weight (grammes) 651.00
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 197
Width (mm) 129