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Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft Turtleback – 1 Feb 1995

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  • Turtleback
  • Publisher: Demco Media (Feb. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606023011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606023016
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.1 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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'The Kon-Tiki Expedition' is the enduring story of how, in 1947, Thor Heyerdahl and five companions crossed the Pacific Ocean on a balsa-wood raft in an extraordinary bid to prove Heyerdahl's theory that the Polynesians undertook the same feat on similar craft over a thousand years ago.

Updated with a new Epilogue to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the voyage, this classic tale of survival against the most insurmountable odds, with its delightful descriptions of the myriad sea life the adventurers encountered and the seafaring trials they encountered – culminating in the wreck of the 'Kon-Tiki' in the South Seas – remains one of the most fascinating and exciting expeditionary accounts ever written.

"An incredible adventure story which happens to be true."
SOMERSET MAUGHAM

"An enthralling account of an experience without parallel."
OBSERVER

"I have never read a more tonic story of adventure."
RAYMOND MORTIMER, 'Sunday Times'

"One of the best adventure books ever written … a privilege to read."
HOWARD SPRING, 'Country Life'

"An enthralling book … the most absorbing sea tale of our time."
NEW YORKER

"What a book! It has spine-chilling, nerve-tingling, spirit-lifting adventure on every page."
CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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About the Author

Thor Heyerdahl was born in Norway in 1914. He received the Order of Merit or similar decorations from Peru, Italy, Egypt, Morocco, Bulgaria, Norway and Sweden. He wrote many books on early travel and sea exploration. He died in April 2002.

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I’ve been to Polynesia, and stood out on a deserted beach, staring out at the vastness of the Pacific, it is only natural to imagine how these people first arrived in such a remote location. Thor Heyerdahl, in living memory, in one of the greatest sea voyages of all time, also wondered this, and set in motion a fabulous journey to emulate the ancestors of the modern day Polynesians, by sailing on a traditional pae-pae or raft from his theorized seeding point of the race in Peru. Kon-Tiki was a pre-Incan King who escaping from battle defeat on mainland South America, headed off into the Pacific Ocean sunset, seeking new lands. Thor and his five Scandic compadres repeated this adventure, having thoroughly researched every detail of it. Their voyage was viewed by most experts as a complete suicide mission. This book narrates wonderfully the ship’s log, as they trundled along the empty oceans on a unique epic of discovery. From the sea creatures they encountered en route, to the sparseness of their abode, Heyerdahl records in graphic detail every aspect of their plight. It is a truly enlightening tale, which reads exceptionally well. It is a real page-turner, which grips you as the journey progresses and you genuinely can empathise with the men’s elation when they finally strike land and spend a few weeks partying with the natives, Polynesian style. It’s a happy tale and an amazing true story. A great read! Highly recommended. https://wezgbooks.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/review-kon-tiki/
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Superb book. Don't let the romantic cover shot fool you, that's just because this edition has followed the film. Anything but romantic. A great tale of one man's obsession and determination. I have read this book 5 or 6 times and enjoyed it every time.
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Absolutely love the book! Great condition
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Great story, so real and inspiring!
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Heyerdahl epitomises the human search for knowledge and man's driving curiosity to seek out the truth. His voyaga is inspiring. This book is great.. I read it as a child and I'm getting this book for my son..
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Anybody who walked into an office in the 1940s and asked for funding to build and sail a raft across the Pacific should have not been surprised if jaws hit floors and the silence was soon replaced by guffaws of laughter. And yet that’s exactly what Thor Heyerdahl did in 1947.

Charting the expedition Heyderdahl undertook to cross the Pacific in a raft in order to prove his theory that Polynesia had been settled by migrants from as far as South America, Kon-Tiki is a boys’ own story that makes the Everest expedition look like a walk up Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

Under Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg’s assured direction, we embrace the joyful euphoria of the eve before a great adventure, as Heyerdahl (Pål Sverre Hagen) assembles his crew for a make or break trip using only materials available to the original migrants.

The jubilation is short-lived, however, as domestic pressures, the ever-present menace of nature’s wrath, and the soul crushing monotony of being stuck on a raft for days on end begin to push human endurance to breaking point.

Yet despite some great acting, wonderful visuals and a tremendous sense of isolation that only bobbing around on the world’s largest ocean can bring, there is never any impression that the expedition is doomed to fail. Tension flags in places and the inevitability of a near fatal shark attack is clearly signposted for the viewer.

Despite these minor bugbears, Kon-Tiki is another welcome addition to the canon of great foreign language films that have graced our screens over the years, and a worthy beneficiary of an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
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This is an account of the real life adventure of a young Norweigen and his crew as they sail across the pacific ocean in a homemade balsa raft over 50 years ago, just to prove a theory.
It is written in simple, no nonsense practical terms, describing the adventure in detail, and the day to day life on a raft no bigger that a living room.
A fantastic read, amusing, down to earth and inspiring. Gives a taste of real adventrue and a lust for living. I Loved it.
Highly Recomended.
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This is one of those books I'd always wanted to read, but could not getfrom the book shop or the library.
My excuse to read it finally came inthe final year of my degree, when I decided to write my thesis on the linkbetween technology and exploration. This book was one I thought might helpme.
I finally found a copy on Amazon, and what I got didn't dissapoint me.
It starts off, with Heyerdahl in Polynesia before the war, on a beachwhere an old man tells him of the Legend of who the Pacific Islanders camefrom the East.
Heyerdahl abandons his study of Naturalism and leads himto pursue anthropology. He then forms a hypothesis that the PacificIslanders are descended from the peoples of South America, and migrated toPolynesia on Balsa Rafts.
After the War, Heyerdahl though a respected Anthropologist, sees histheory rejected as absurd and impossible.
Despite this, he sets out to conclusively prove his theory to be right,using the best method possible. By actually undertaking the voyage.
Hetakes you through the voyage, from the background to it, to the prep work,to the actual high seas.
The text rich and descriptive. It is one of those books that once youstart reading it, you are hooked. Its so well written, you almost feel asthough as you are on the expedition.
You see how what starts off a seemingly obscure hypthesis, is proved to bea perfectly valid, and that the opinion of so called the "experts" is notalways to be taken as the final word.
If you only ever read a handfulbooks in your life. make sure this is one of them.
It has the all the ingredients of great story -drama, action, emotion,science, hardship, triumph. Though, there is no fiction here. Every eventreally happened.
Since buying this book, (about 20 months ago) I have read it at least fivetimes so far, and each time has been as great and facinating as the firsttime. I expect my copy has as many years of reading left in it as I have.
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