Aku-Aku was the first book by Thor Heyerdahl that i encountered. I have since read the Kon-Tiki expedition and Fatu-Hiva which are also great works in themselves. Aku-Aku is primarily an account of a year spent away from western society on the tiny speck of land that is Easter Island. Thor Heyerdahls work is rich with description of the immediate surroundings in which he spends his time. The language he uses is often poetic, and at times quite beautiful as he describes what is quite possibly the most remote inhabited land on earth. Aku-Aku is however no mere travel dialogue. It is a book filled with high adventure and wonderful characters who welcome Heyerdahl into their way of life with open arms. The simplicity of their lives is in great contrast with the mighty stone monuments that litter the tiny island in their hundreds. To investigate these monuments is of course the main purpose for Heyerdahls's presence on the island, and he does not disapoint the reader as he searches relentlessly for answers to age old mysteries. In short Aku-Aku has everything that could ever be asked of a book. It has a main character who everyone would love to have as a travel companion, while at the same time it introduces some of the most genuine and friendly people one could hope to find anywhere on earth. High adventure and mystery awaits the reader around every corner in the account of a year in the life of one of the most extraordinary men who has ever lived. This book will not dissapoint.