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The Captain and the Glory

By Dave Eggers
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Publisher Description

A savage satire of a United States in the throes of insanity, this hilarious novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Circle tells the story of a noble ship, the Glory, and the loud, clownish, and foul Captain who steers it to the brink of disaster. 

"A short parable for our times that is 30 percent Veep, 30 percent Voltaire, and the rest flavored by Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Swift, Percival Everett, and Salman Rushdie." —Los Angeles Review of Books


When the decorated Captain of a great ship descends the gangplank for the final time, a new leader, a man with a yellow feather in his hair, vows to step forward. Though he has no experience, no knowledge of nautical navigation or maritime law, and though he has often remarked he doesn't much like boats, he solemnly swears to shake things up. Together with his band of petty thieves and confidence men known as the Upskirt Boys, the Captain thrills his passengers, writing his dreams and notions on the cafeteria wipe-away board, boasting of his exemplary anatomy, devouring cheeseburgers, and tossing overboard anyone who displeases him. Until one day a famous pirate, long feared by passengers of the Glory but revered by the Captain for how phenomenally masculine he looked without a shirt while riding a horse, appears on the horizon. Absurd, hilarious, and all too recognizable, The Captain and the Glory is a wicked farce of contemporary America only Dave Eggers could dream up.

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Expressionless Face“This book was written in 2019, and is meant to be a metaphor regarding Trump's presidency between 2016-2020. The book is meant to show how unqualified Trump was to be president and, for this upcoming election, could be a reminder for people to not vote for him this time around. A lot has happened since 2019, and as someone who doesn't like the former president, the book was funny for a little bit before it just became repetitive since many of the jokes were being reused and there wasn't much commentary on it. The author seems to be someone who agrees with the belief that Trump's impeachment would mean America would return to its former glory, but as another reviewer has mentioned, his election was a result of the nation's idealistic and outdated beliefs, in addition to years of warped politics. Tldr; it was funny at first and just became boring because it's not 2019 anymore.”
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About Dave Eggers

DAVE EGGERS is the author of many books, among them The Circle, The Eyes and the Impossible, The Monk of Mokha, A Hologram for the King, What Is the What, and The Museum of Rain. He is the cofounder of 826 Valencia, a youth writing and tutoring center which has inspired dozens of similar nonprofit organizations around the world, and the founder of McSweeney's, an independent publisher. He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and is the recipient of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Education, and the American Book Award.

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