Moby-Duck

Moby DuckMoby-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

I love books that integrate more than genre in its book jacket.  As a result, I enjoyed listening to Donovan Hohn’s book on the adventure of bath toys on my commute to work.  A story of obsession, travel, globalism, environmentalism, American literature and a story of home, hearth and fatherhood.  The author takes us along for the ride of what happened to a lost shipment of bath toys.  Starting in the Pacific Ocean, the ride journeys backwards to their point of creation in China and forward through where the washed up on Alaskan shores and finally through the Artic and the Altantic Ocean where they would meet their final demise. 

 In particular, I enjoyed the self-effacing style of the author who provides a humble and sympathetic narration.  Nevertheless, the book is full of fun facts and historical asides.  For example, I find it interesting that the container ship industry was invented by an American in the early 1950’s.  To some extent, I see it as a metaphor of the transfer of power and economic wealth from the American century to the future Asian century. 

A good read and well recommended book for those interested in any of the genres discussed above.