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Easter Island: Mystery of the Stone Giants (Discoveries (Harry Abrams)) Paperback – Feb 1995

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  • Paperback: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Feb. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810928345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810928343
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,822,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 May 1997
Format: Paperback
This is a translation of "Des dieux regardent
les etoiles -- Les derniers secrets de l'Ile de
Paques" ("Gods gaze at the stars -- The
last secrets of Easter Island"), Catherine and
Michel Orliac's excellent little book about
Easter Island. Easter Island and its mysteries
-- from its huge statues to its strange hieroglyphics -- have been a magnet for crankery
of all types, from the benign to the outrageous.
How refreshing, then, it is to see such a delicious book, factual and balanced, with high-quality authentic illustrations on every page, every one of them well chosen and to the point. Almost everything you may ever want to know
about Easter Island -- short of a tourist guide --
is there, with full sources and references. How
so much information could have been packed in
so few pages is a wonder.

Complete, attractive and scholarly, this little book will appeal to all, even to the specialists. The illustrations alone are a never-ending source of wonder and delight.

Highly recommended.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
The best book to-date about Easter Island 2 May 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a translation of "Des dieux regardent
les etoiles -- Les derniers secrets de l'Ile de
Paques" ("Gods gaze at the stars -- The
last secrets of Easter Island"), Catherine and
Michel Orliac's excellent little book about
Easter Island. Easter Island and its mysteries
-- from its huge statues to its strange hieroglyphics -- have been a magnet for crankery
of all types, from the benign to the outrageous.
How refreshing, then, it is to see such a delicious book, factual and balanced, with high-quality authentic illustrations on every page, every one of them well chosen and to the point. Almost everything you may ever want to know
about Easter Island -- short of a tourist guide --
is there, with full sources and references. How
so much information could have been packed in
so few pages is a wonder.

Complete, attractive and scholarly, this little book will appeal to all, even to the specialists. The illustrations alone are a never-ending source of wonder and delight.

Highly recommended.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 11 Oct. 2000
By Rick Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book provides readers with many of the facts of Easter Island. I had heard about the stone statues, but had little knowledge of the history of the island. This book provided quite a bit of information on the history and covered all the theories of the statues and what they might mean and how they got there. An excellent book!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A Mystery and A Tragedy 9 Jan. 2003
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Some mysteries may never be solved. Where did the Sumerian language come from? Who built the stones at Carnac and why? Who was buried in the Great Pyramid.
What do the mysterious inscriptions found at Easter Island say? And what were the stone statues for. Those are the mysteries of Easter Island.
The tragedy was what happened to the Easter Islanders. The westerners were not all evil, and the islanders themselves were not all good (e.g., they practiced human sacrifice) but the enslavement, kidnapping, rape etc. of the islanders by western maritime visitors is shocking even today. And the book tells that story too. So it is not just a book about the mysteries of Easter Island but about the almost complete destruction of it by Europeans and I am sad to say Americans.
And the two are related. If slavers had not taken hundreds of islanders to Chile to work as slaves, including the king and prince of the island, perhaps enough of the culture would have survived for western scholars to meet with those who could read the writings of the tablets. Perhaps we would really know why and how the islanders built their mysterious giants.
This book (published by Harry Abrams) is an English translation of one of a series of small, lavishly illustrated French historical guides. One really cannot go wrong with this series, whether in French or in English.
Everyone involved in this Easter Island book did a great job, and they produced a wonderful way for a beginner to learn about some of the strangest archeological sites on our planet.
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