The Voyage of the UnderGod
By Kirby Smith
200 pages, $14.95 USD
Trade Paper Original and Ebook
ISBN: 978-1-940423-02-9 (print), 978-1-940423-03-6 (ebook)
A political satire about a charismatic right-winger’s reality-TV tall ship sailing voyage around Cape Horn
In a reality-TV show a 19th-century tall ship sails the south Atlantic, doubling back to Rio de Janeiro then down the coast to the deadly Cape Horn. Its celebrity captain is Luther Dorsey, a presidential contender with a back-story combining elements of Reagan, Limbaugh, and George W. The Voyage of the UnderGod is Luther’s last grasp for the greatness he thinks he deserves.
The tone is mock heroic: the voyage and its dangers told with deadly seriousness until a final turn around the Cape, where the sea exacts its toll. But there is no lesson learned here about pride coming before a fall: the UnderGod survives and, topsails filled with the warm breezes of the dying seas, sails on into the blue.
A seriocomic political satire reminiscent of Jonathan Swift that will appeal to followers of The Nation, The Onion, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report.
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Kirby Smith’s literary imagination came to its full flower during a 20-year career as a government bureaucrat. He lives with his wife Teresa and two finches in Oakland, CA. Kirby and Teresa both get seasick.