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Kon Tiki is the record of an astonishing adventure a journey of 4300 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 28 1947 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 Suare 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 uniue visual essay of the voyage


10 thoughts on “Kon-Tiki Ekspedisjonen

  1. says:

    Every Norwegian family we knew had a copy of this book on their shelves I read it with much familial encouragement at an early age mostly as a travel adventure which it is and not so much with any regard for the scientific hypothesis the author was testing Aku Aku followed soon thereafterIn 1978 in the summer following seminary graduation I was invited by mother to visit her in Oslo before moving from New York City back to Chicago It was a great trip filled with many memorable events One of them was revisiting the Kon Tiki Museum there which I hadn't seen since the last time in Oslo at age ten In the parking lot who should be standing there but Thor Heyerdahl himself? Although he was talking to another man Mother interrupted them as if she knew him to introduce me to the great man as her son Polite nothings were exchanged He was very very tallDid she know him? It's a small countryMom did know the former prime minister Gro Harlam Brundtland and once walking down Karljohan Oslo' main drag with her boyfriend she recognized but couldn't exactly place the portly gentleman walking his dogs in front of them someone from Chicago she thought Anyway she broke away from Egil the boyfriend and darted up to the old fellow saying she recognized him but sadly couldn't remember his name Perhaps Madam it is because I am your king Kong Olav replied


  2. says:

    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 tryI read this as a hardcover book that is 308 pages Published in 1950 by Rand McNally Company


  3. says:

    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 Suids 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


  4. says:

    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


  5. says:

    Read this one a long long time ago Heyerdahl was hero then I wanted to go to the islands tooSubseuently revised my perception of Thor credibility but remained interested in ancient sea travelFascinated 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 antiuity 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 BCEThe 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 PeruTried Heyerdahl's Early Man and the Ocean uite disappointed by his beliefs Four stars seems generous now for Kon TikihttpsenwikipediaorgwikiThorHehttpswwwgoodreadscombookshow3


  6. says:

    This was one of my boyhood books that inspired me to be adventurous to think the unthinkable to push beyond the usual


  7. says:

    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 islandThis 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


  8. says:

    From memory 4Stars I really liked itAs an early teenager I attended a small boarding school actually a junior seminary😇 where we suffered enforced silence during meals for most days of the week During these meals students on rotation would read aloud from a 'sacred' book most often the Lives of the Saints🙄 or the like or a 'suitable' novel I remember very clearly that I was fascinated by and very much enjoyed Kon Tiki I won't listen to it or read it again because it has a special place in my memory but what a great story and a very suitable novel it was


  9. says:

    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


  10. says:

    This is a highly entertaining account of a man willing to risk everything to prove his theory correct The book is colorful and full of humorous accounts of the authors adventures through South America and across the Pacific The book is full of great detail but in the end it drags on a bit and I struggled to finish it