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Thor Heyerdahl (1914–2002)

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"This is an enthralling book," Hamilton Lasso wrote in The New Yorker of Kon-Tiki (1948), "and I don't think I can be very far off in calling it the most absorbing sea tale of our time." Heyerdahl, a Norwegian ethnologist, conceived the theory---not then accepted by other scientists---that visa mer Polynesia may have been originally settled by people who crossed the 4,100 miles of ocean from Peru in rafts made of balsa logs. Kon-Tiki is the story of how he and five others built the raft, as people of the Stone Age could build it, and traveled in it from Peru to a small island east of Tahiti---a "most fascinating description of intelligent courage." Heyerdahl believes that he has at last solved the problem of how natives raised the great statues on Easter Island and has written a most absorbing account of it in Aku-Aku (1958). He has adduced further corroboration of his theory from the findings in The Archaeology of Easter Island (1961). In the spring of 1969, Heyerdahl was engaged in a new experiment---planning to cross the Atlantic from Morocco to Yucatan in a 12-ton papyrus boat that he and others built themselves in the manner of the ancient Egyptians. In spite of general skepticism as to whether the boat, called the Ra, could make the journey without sinking when it became thoroughly water-soaked, Heyerdahl and six others set out in full confidence. They hoped to demonstrate that Egyptians might have made the journey in this manner 4,000 or 5,000 years ago and thus were the precursors of the Incas and Mayas. In July 1969, however, they were forced to abandon their attempt 600 miles short of their goal, near the Virgin Islands, after a series of storms had crippled the Ra. They left it drifting in the hope that it might reach Barbados on its own. Their second attempt, in Ra II, was successful. A subsequent journey in the reed-ship Tigris in 1977--78 was meant to show that such craft could maneuver against the wind and thus complete round-trip journeys through the ancient world via the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea. Political conflicts in the region, however, led Heyerdahl and his crew to burn the Tigris in protest. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
Foto taget av: L'explorateur norvégien Thor Heyerdahl vers 1980

Verk av Thor Heyerdahl

Expedition Kon-Tiki (1948) 4,006 exemplar
Aku-aku : Påsköns hemlighet (1957) 996 exemplar
Expedition Ra (1970) 711 exemplar
The Maldive Mystery (1986) 116 exemplar
De första sjöfararna (1741) 97 exemplar
The art of Easter Island (1975) 29 exemplar
Sjövägarna till Polynesien (1968) 22 exemplar
The Quest for America (1971) 14 exemplar
Ingen grenser (1999) 8 exemplar
Selected from Kon-Tiki (1993) 7 exemplar
Great Norwegian expeditions (1950) 5 exemplar
Archaeology of Easter Island (1962) 5 exemplar
Kon-Tiki [motion picture] (2002) 2 exemplar
Ve znamení Kon-Tiki (1951) 1 exemplar
Oppdageren 1 exemplar
Tillbaka till paradiset (1990) 1 exemplar
Das große Heyerdahl-Buch (1980) 1 exemplar
Kon~Tiki, Ra, Aku~Aku (1972) 1 exemplar
Hablan los vencidos (1996) 1 exemplar

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Guy who’s afraid of boats and can’t swim decides to prove that ancient settlers of Polynesian islands came from South America, and he does so by recreating the journey they may have made on the kind of craft they would have used. Impressive, but apparently the account of such a journey is not my jam. I just couldn’t get interested in it.
electrascaife | 52 andra recensioner | Jul 9, 2023 |
Testing a theory by making a trip, with adventures along the way, and context to explain why.
mykl-s | 52 andra recensioner | May 28, 2023 |
Thor Heyerdahl ezúttal nem egy lélekvesztőn hajózik az óceánon, hanem egy csapattal a Húsvét-szigetre utazik régészeti feltárásra. Az 1950-es években ez volt az első komolyabb feltárás, érdekes olvasni ahogy egyre többet tudunk meg a sziget történelméről a felfedezések miatt, izgalmas a szerzővel együtt rácsodálkozni ezekre. Nekem úgy tűnt sok olyant tudást is megosztottak vele a szigetlakók amik pár évtized múlva elvesztek volna a modernizáció miatt. Még éppen időben érkezett és sikeresen elnyerte a helyiek bizalmát.

A könyv kezdeti érdekes része után egy idő után túlzottan hosszan olvashatunk arról, hogy miként próbálta Heyerdahl megszerezni a bennszülöttek titkos barlangban elrejtett gyűjteményeit. Kicsit kényelmetlen ezt a részt olvasni, ahol a fehérember próbál "kincseket" szerezni, kihasználva a helyiek babonaságát. Ugyanakkor az is igaz, hogy a bennszülöttek is teljes erejükkel azon vannak, hogy átverjék a messziről érkezett embert, és saját faragványaikat adják el neki jó pénzért ősi kincsnek beállítva. Szóval tulajdonképpen mindketten egymást próbálták becsapni.

A könyv végén az expedíció elment még pár közeli (pár ezer km.) szigetre, de ez a rész nagyon rövid.

Még egy apróság: Klausztrofóbiások óvatosan olvassák a könyvet. A barlangászásról szóló részek elég nyugtalanítók időnként.
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asalamon | 15 andra recensioner | Mar 4, 2023 |
I just finished reading reading Aku-Aku: The Secret of Easter Island by Thor Heyerdahl. This book must have sat on my parent's shelf since the early-to-mid 1960's. I had heard of Kon-Tiki, which they didn't have. Finally, curiosity got the better of my and I started reading it in late November. I really plunged into it late last month and finished it tonight. What a book!

This book is far outside what I normally read. Thor Heyerdahl admits, at the close of the book, that his theory about east-to-west Southern Hemisphere is not purely scientific. His reasoning is guided in part by by his own "Aku-Aku's" or, roughly translated, speculation or superstition. Spoiler alert; the term Aku-Aku, loosely translated, are good or evil spirits, what we would call in Yiddish "bubbe meise" or old-wives' tales. But it's more than that; there are definite parallels among the peoples and cultures of Inca South America, Easter Island (the subject of the book) and Polynesia that defy easy explanations.

Every one in a while every one should read this kind of book.
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JBGUSA | 15 andra recensioner | Jan 2, 2023 |



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