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The Captain hates his bloody job-hates whaling. Yet, to catch enough "fish" to retire, he puts his faith in an all-conquering He-God, consequently at the cost of his heart: in what would seem a case of cosmic vengeance against him, his beloved young daughter is stolen by the sea, from which he has stolen so much life. The Captain's mystical journey to reconnect with his daughter (and the earth) begins when his crew of walrus hunters leaves him for dead on a remote Alaskan island. Here, the god most high is a "she", and the release of tears is said to unlock immortal strength. But can the Captain, a faithless man, reap the benefits of such beliefs, and save the island-its women, its walrus-from his crew? Set during a time of war and oil (the Civil War and whale oil), The Walrus-Man travels to a strange land of Eskimo egg-men and tattoo-tusked women, where ambiguity thrives and absolutes have no place. Far (but not too far) from the modern world, one may find that wars and global warming come from something more fundamental than oil: an imbalance between the Male and Female forces of the soul.
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A bird of few words, Pen Gwyn lives on planet Earth, likes dozing on clean white ice sheets, dislikes dreams of striking ANWR for oil.
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