The Captain and the Glory: An Entertainment

The Captain and the Glory: An Entertainment

A savage satire of the United States in the throes of insanity, this blisteringly funny novel tells the story of a noble ship, the Glory, and the loud, clownish, and foul Captain who steers it to the brink of disaster.

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.

Title:The Captain and the Glory: An Entertainment
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525659082
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  • Ron Charles

    This story represents the United States as a ship taken over by a vulgar captain and his “coterie of petty thieves and confidence men” known as “the Upskirt Boys.” Their real-life identities a...

  • Sam Quixote

    Dave Eggers reimagines Trump as a captain of a ship called Glory (America) in this boring satirical novella, The Captain and the Glory. Eggers doesn’t put much effort into his satire - a lot of it i...

  • Kasa Cotugno

    I'll read anything Eggers writes, and he does classify this one as "an entertainment." Which is to say, don't approach it with the same degree of expectation as his more serious works, in particular, ...

  • John Lamb

    A couple funny lines but not really deserving of the subtitle "an entertainment." Suggestion for the new title:The Captain and the Glory: An Attempt at Satire That You'll Want to Like But Will Find Pe...

  • DeadWeight

    Absolutely embarrassing. Amounts to shameless boomerposting, but in book-form -- Eggers' new book is every ounce as exciting as reading your liberal aunt's tweets.You can imagine Eggers writing this w...

  • Louise

    More like an article than a book, this satire on the Trump administration can be read in a sitting. With the retirement of a beloved admiral, the passengers elect a new captain because he “can shake...

  • Katie Peach

    The Captain and the Glory is a satire of the current political environment in the United States. The story has characters that resemble Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, and even less subtly named character...

  • Amy

    I'd just read The Circle by Eggers and thought it'd be interesting to read something humorous by the author who put out that dystopic tale. I didn't find it the least bit funny and abandoned ship abou...

  • Daniel Simmons

    I'm an Eggers fan generally, but this reminded me of the sort of puerile satire I wrote when I was a junior high school student....

  • Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)

    Literature, no matter if it's fantasy, memoir, cultural criticism, short stories, whatever, always offers a portal, or maybe shines a light on, the time it is created in. Maybe it isn't always obvious...