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Aku-Aku [Hardcover]

Thor Heyerdahl
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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin; Second Edition edition (Dec 1958)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0045720096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0045720095
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.5 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 598,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aku-Aku - the Secret of Easter Island is a 1958 book by Thor Heyerdahl that describes the 1955-56 Norwegian Archaeological Expedition's investigations of Polynesian history and culture at Easter Island, the Austral Islands of Rapa Iti and Raivavae, and the Marquesas Islands of Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa. Visits to Pitcairn Island, Mangareva and Tahiti are described as well. By far the greatest part of the book tells of the work on Easter Island, where the expedition investigated the giant stone statues (moai), the quarries at Rano Raraku and Puna Pau, the ceremonial village of Orongo on Rano Kau, as well as many other sites throughout the island. Much of the book's interest derives from the interaction of the expedition staff, from their base at Anakena beach, with the Easter Islanders themselves, who lived mainly in the village of Hanga Roa.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Aku-Aku Thor Heyerdahl 25 May 2004
Format:Hardcover
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY SPECIAL STORY 15 Feb 2005
Format:Paperback
I read Aku Aku many years ago. It is an account of Thor Hyerdahl's journey to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) with his family,and discovering many secrets of the Island. The truth of this Island is stranger than fiction. Many years later I was lucky enough to meet Thor Hyerdahl at an Easter Island Foundation conference at Alberque University and a few years later on Easter Island. I expected disapointment as I had built this Island up in my mind, instead I found the most magical place in the world. Thor Hyerdahl manages to convey this magic in Aku Aku. Still my favourite book in the world.
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By Rob
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
it is a shame that the delivery person decided to leave a book outside in the rain in a cardboard cover; the book was very wet and damaged as a result; there was a dry storage box which should have been used. There seems little the seller could have done, although if they used a plastic waterproof pack for shipping books, then there would not have been any damage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aku-Aku Review 19 Dec 2012
By Domino
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read and enjoyed the Kon-Tiki expedition and thought Aku Aku looked interesting. I was not disappointed! The book provided a really eye opening insight into Easter Island, its history and myths. Thor gives enough information to really get the imagination going. Sometimes Thor made me laugh with some of his comments as he likes his readers to know he is the boss of the expedition! Theres some good pictures in there too, although you can tell the book was written a while ago! Recently bought another copy of the book for my mate as thought he would like it too.

If you want an adventure book and interested in Easter Island you cant go far wrong with this. You can pick up copies of this book very cheap too if you don't mind them being a bit battered.
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