Fluke, or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings

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Fluke, or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings
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Cover of American paperback (Perennial)
Author Christopher Moore
Cover artist Ruth Marten
Country United States
Language English
Genre Absurdist fiction
Publisher William Morrow & Company
Publication date
3 June 2003
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 336
ISBN 0-380-97841-5
OCLC 51087077
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3563.O594 F58 2003
Preceded by Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Followed by The Stupidest Angel

Fluke, or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings is a novel by American writer Christopher Moore. Published in 2003, it combines elements of absurdist and fantasy fiction, as well as the author's own brand of social commentary and humor. A serious theme in the novel involves environmentalism, particularly that associated with whales; and the author's personal research-experience with marine biologists helped to inform much of the story.

An unabridged commercial audio cassette recording of Fluke has been issued with narration by Bill Irwin and whale songs.

On July 29, 2004, NBC's Today Show author Nicholas Sparks chose Fluke as the next title to be read by the Today Book Club.[1]

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The plot of Fluke is set on and off the Hawaiian island of Maui as well as deep underneath the Pacific Ocean off the shore of Chile.

Nathan Quinn, a marine biologist, goes out on a routine day-trip expedition to survey whales in the area. When he photographs one of the whale's flukes, he notices that the words "BITE ME" are spelled out in huge letters on the mammal's tail-fin. His curiosity and investigations uncover one mystery after another as he seeks the answers concerning the source of this peculiarity.

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