Kon Tiki Is The Record Of An Astonishing Adventure A Journey Of , Nautical Miles Across The Pacific Ocean By Raft Intrigued By Polynesian Folklore, Biologist Thor Heyerdahl Suspected That The South Sea Islands Had Been Settled By An Ancient Race From Thousands Of Miles To The East, Led By A Mythical Hero, Kon Tiki He Decided To Prove His Theory By Duplicating The Legendary VoyageOn April Heyerdahl And Five Other Adventurers Sailed From Peru On A Balsa Log Raft After Three Months On The Open Sea, Encountering Raging Storms, Whales, And Sharks, They Sighted Land The Polynesian Island Of Puka PukaTranslated Into Sixty Five Languages, Kon Tiki Is A Classic, Inspiring Tale Of Daring And Courage A Magnificent Saga Of Men Against The SeaWashington Square Press Enriched Classics Present The Great Works Of World Literature Enhanced For The Contemporary Reader This Edition Of Kon Tiki Has Been Prepared By An Editorial Committee Headed By Harry Shefter, Professor Of English At New York University It Includes A Foreword By The Author, A Selection Of Critical Excerpts, Notes, An Index, And A Unique Visual Essay Of The Voyage This was one of my boyhood books that inspired me to be adventurous, to think the unthinkable, to push beyond the usual. Is there a greater classic among adventure books than the reckless Thor Heyerdahl s story about a 104 day long raft ride through the Pacific in 1947 It is just as crazy as it is heroic and makes your jaw drop everytime The 6 men fighting the elements on a hand made balsa wood vesel are at the mercy of the acient Gods of South America and the Pacific Encounters with wonderful Verne like creatures of the sea bring the Pacific to life Squids and giant sharks are right under your feet, fish and octopus fly into your face daily You just have to put your toothbrush in the water and a fish bites on it vehemently Myths accompany the Scandinavian crew all the way, it s an uplifting tale of a pursuit of dreams Mandatory for armchair explorers I am prepared to fight everyone who says it s a children s book. WOW This book was recommended to me back in the 1950s by my favorite teacher, Mr Bailey, who ttaught 8th grade in Paso Robles, CA I remember going to the Paso Robles library and handling the book back then, but never reading it until now It took me this long to become interested in seafaring stories My first one was The Wreck of the Mary Deare, which made me realize that books about the sea can be very entertaining This book tops all. A crazy man with a migration theory tries to convince his Scandinavian buddies to float across the Pacific with him on a balsa wood raft in order to give credence to the theory As they value adventure than their lives, they are persuaded to join Follow his trail from the conception of the theory to the felling of the balsa wood trees, and from the launching of the craft to its disastrous landing on a fragile South Pacific island.This is the story of Thor Heyerdahl s original voyage He would later go on to write a large tome about his ideas probably not available at you local library and build and test several other primitive watercraft to prove that people could have gone from here to there in vessels you would probably trust less than a rubber raft. Read this one a long long time ago Heyerdahl was hero then I wanted to go to the islands, too.Subsequently revised my perception of Thor credibility, but remained interested in ancient sea travel Fascinated by earliest watercraft Believe they were much useful to earliest humans than taught in schools, as Sapiens explored and settled the world Here s link about rafts Wiki The antiquity of the use of sea going rafts by the people of the Ecuadorian and Peruvian coasts has not been established as ancient balsa wood rafts have left few archaeological traces, but it appears that a maritime trading system from southern Colombia to northern Chile was established by about 100 BCE The sudden adoption of metallurgy in the civilizations of Mexico about 800 CE has led archaeologists to conclude that the technology was introduced, most likely by sea going rafts, from the Ecuadorian coast of South America where metallurgy had been practiced for hundreds of years Later advances in metallurgy in Mexico after 1200 CE resembled the metallurgy of the Chincha in Peru Tried Heyerdahl s Early Man and the Ocean Quite disappointed by his beliefs Four stars seems generous now for Kon Tiki.https en.wikipedia.org wiki ThorHehttps www.goodreads.com book show 3 still one of the great epics of sea faring told by the really last viking every time in Oslo i pay respect and go and sea the akon Tiki SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE IN FATE, OTHERS DON T I DO, and I don t It may seem at times as if invisible fingers move us about like puppets on strings But for sure, we are not born to be dragged along We can grab the strings ourselves and adjust our course at every crossroad, or take off at any little trail into the unknown ONCE IN A WHILE YOU FIND YOURSELF IN AN odd situation You get into it by degrees and in the most natural way but, when you are right in the midst of it, you are suddenly astonished and ask yourself how in the world it all came about.So, perhaps, the whole thing began So began, in any case, a whole series of events which finally landed the six of us and a green parrot on board a raft off the coast of South America.I remember how I shocked my father and amazed my mother and my friends when I came back to Norway and handed over my glass jars of beetles and fish from Fatu Hiva to the University Zoological Museum I wanted to give up animal studies and tackle primitive peoples The unsolved mysteries of the South Seas had fascinated me There must be a rational solution of them, and I had made my objective the identification of the legendary hero Tiki. We had a power outage with a winter storm the other day so I looked around my bookshelves and came across a book I was fascinated with many years ago and decided to read it again The book is Kon Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl The hardcover book I have was published in 1950 It was given to me by my mother for my birthday in 1950 I read this book at least twice a year in the fifties and sixties, but somehow it got put aside This book is one of the key items that helped me decide on a career in the sciences with secondary interest in archaeology and anthropology Of course, early on I studied primarily marine sciences and biology The book is well written with lots of photographs The voyage of the Kon Tiki took place in 1947 The part I liked best was the descriptions of the sea life that came around the raft This time I was intrigued with how the raft functioned and how the ancient people of Peru came about to design it in a certain way and why they chose the certain woods they used Many times, after reading a book that I had enjoyed, I no longer like it and wonder what I saw in it But that is not the case with this book I was as fascinated with my current reading as I was back in the 1950s I did note that they saw no garbage and no plastics floating in the water Today that is a big problem when sailing the oceans If you are looking for a different adventure, give this book a try.I read this as a hardcover book that is 308 pages Published in 1950 by Rand McNally Company. When nobody believed his theory that the Polynesian islands were settled by travelers from Peru because they had no boats, Thor set out to prove his theory by building his own raft ala early Peruvian civilization and sailing across the Pacific What amazed me was his determination and optimism When naval officials inspected the raft prior to departure and insisted he was sailing off to his eminent death and he abort, instead of being discouraged or fearful, Thor was confident his expedition would succeed because his predecessors had.Call it faith or stupidity, everything fell into place from finding the perfect group of 5 men to join his travel to cutting through government red tape and getting funding and supplies Even the one seemingly setback where they could not find anyone to supply the balsa logs so they entered the jungle and cut them down themselves ended up being for their benefit when the fresh logs, still containing sap, keep the raft floating longer than dry logs would have.There adventures on the open water including catching shark, hitting storms, and observing strange ocean life were very interesting and their knowledge, skills, and most of all spirit of adventure amazed me But it s not all page turning excitement There were parts of the book that dragged, parts that found me asleep in the middle of a chapter I m glad I read the account, but overall, I think it is a book that would intrigue my husband and I have recommended that he read it.
.Thor Heyerdahl October 6, 1914, Larvik, Norway April 18, 2002, Colla Micheri, Italy was a Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer with a scientific background in zoology and geography Heyerdahl became notable for his Kon Tiki expedition, in which he sailed 4,300 miles 8,000 km by raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands All his legendary expeditions are shown in the Kon Tiki Museum, Oslo.Thor Heyerdahl was born in Larvik, the son of master brewer Thor Heyerdahl and his wife Alison Lyng As a young child, Thor Heyerdahl showed a strong interest in zoology He created a small museum in his childhood home, with a Vipera berus as the main attraction He studied Zoology and Geography at University of Oslo At the same time, he privately studied Polynesian culture and history, consulting what was then the world s largest private collection of books and papers on Polynesia, owned by Bjarne Kropelien, a wealthy wine merchant in Oslo This collection was later purchased by the University of Oslo Library from Kropelien s heirs and was attached to the Kon Tiki Museum research department After seven terms and consultations with experts in Berlin, a project was developed and sponsored by his zoology professors, Kristine Bonnevie and Hjalmar Broch He was to visit some isolated Pacific island groups and study how the local animals had found their way there Just before sailing together to the Marquesas Islands in 1936, he married his first wife, Liv Coucheron Torp b 1916 , whom he had met shortly before enrolling at the University, and who had studied economics there Though she is conspicuously absent from many of his papers and talks, Liv participated in nearly all of Thor s journeys, with the exception of the Kon Tiki Expedition The couple had two sons Thor Jr and Bj rn The marriage ended in divorce and in 1949 Thor Heyerdahl married Yvonne Dedekam Simonsen They in turn had three daughters Annette, Marian and Helene Elisabeth This marriage also ended in divorce, in 1969 In 1991 Thor Heyerdahl married for the third time, to Jacqueline Beer b 1932.Thor Heyerdahl s grandson, Olav Heyerdahl, retraced his grandfather s Kon Tiki voyage in 2006, as part of a six member crew The voyage, called the Tangaroa Expedition, was intended as a tribute to Thor Heyerdahl, as well as a means to monitor the Pacific Ocean s environment A film about the voyage is in preparation from Wikipedia
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