Gus Openshaw's Whale-Killing Journal (Hardcover)
MacAdam Cage, 9781596921726, 275pp.
Publication Date: April 3, 2006
Cat food cannery worker Gus Openshaw has one goal in life: to kill a whale. Not just any whale, but a big, blubbery whale that ate his wife, child, and arm during a vicious and unprovoked attack.
With a rickety boat and a heavily restrictive whale-hunting license, Gus sets out to exact his revenge. Along the way, Gus keeps an online journal a blog to keep the world informed about his misfit crew, his clashes with pirates, his near-fatal incarceration, and his infatuation with a certain island princess.
Complete with author-drawn scrimshaw illustrations, Gus Openshaw's Whale-Killing Journal is the hilarious documentation of one man's obsessive pursuit of a giant whale that would make Captain Ahab proud.
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Praise For Gus Openshaw's Whale-Killing Journal…
“[A] raucous comedy of errors…punchy and entertaining…Thomson is no Melville, but there’s no question who’s the better gag-writer. Dumb fun, smartly imagined.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Openshaw is an absurdist Ahab…amusing and entirely inconsequential — an anti-Moby Dick.”
— Entertainment Weekly