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Expedition Kon-Tiki (1950)

av Thor Heyerdahl

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On April 28, 1947, an expedition was led by Norwegian biologist Thor Heyerdahl. The journey by raft spanned 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean and was hailed as one of the most fantastic feats of daring and courage of its time. Heyerdahl and his crew duplicated the legendary voyage of Kon-Tiki, the mythical hero who led the settlement of the South Sea Islands by sailing on a balsawood raft from Peru to the Polynesian islands.… (mer)
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    Fatuhiva : tillbaka till naturen av Thor Heyerdahl (VivienneR)
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    American Indians In The Pacific : The Theory behind the Kon-Tiki Expedition av Thor Heyerdahl (Waldstein)
    Waldstein: This massive volume is the closest to scientific study Heyerdahl ever came to. The theory behind the Kont-Tiki expedition is more substantial and better argued than many people give him credit for. It may have been wrong, but it was no crackpot fantasy.
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Only the elements mattered. And the elements seemed to ignore the little raft. Or perhaps they accepted it as a natural object, which did not break the harmony of the sea but adapted itself to current and sea like bird and fish. Instead of being a fearsome enemy, flinging itself at us, the elements had become a reliable friend which steadily and surely helped us onward.

I don't think i've ever had much respect for explorer/adventurer types. I’m not saying thats a good thing it just is. There always seems like it took a lot of people to get the one or two you’ve heard of where they wanted to go. Plus the use of natives for african/mountain expeditions is practically cheating ;) . Even with the arctic expeditions lets face it the huskies were doing most of the heavy lifting :P .

Anyway... these guys i can respect... because they’re idiots! I mean, not only no natives who might know what they’re doing but they don’t even have any sailors at all on they’re experimental sea voyage. Just 6 crazy scandanavians on a type of raft that hasn’t been used for hundreds of years.

I love that this is experimental archeaology, and as always with that, they learn a lot of interesting stuff no one knew before.

The writing is far better than i expected too. For non-fiction it has aquite a flourish to it at times. Some of the incidents might be a little truncated compared to what you might get in a hollywoodized version but its still very compelling.

In fact i havn’t read anything which made the oceans sound this interesting since Verne and 20,000 Leagues... except this is real!

For long stretches it seems like this was far easier a voyage than you might expect but then here and there you realise just how close it all came to disaster. I also reallu like how much science stuff was being done onboard, testing different things, sending data to various institutes etc.
Its like a space mission at times, in more ways than one, as it soon becomes apparent that the raft can’t be turned araound or even slowed, so anything thing (or anyone) that goes overboard is just going to drift away with no chance of rescue, very space like.

Due to how well its written i was already on 4 stars, then raised it to 5 due to all the info i was getting i hadn’t heard before. And that was even before many of the really compelling incidents occurred so absolutely 5 stars.

PS. They don't eat any Dolphins. They keep referring to the Doradoe, aka Mahi Mahi, aka the dolphinfish as a Dolpin, that was annoying, its just a fish :lol . Although they are pretty beligerant to some of the other aquatic life, but not Dolphins!

Edit: New research might support Thor's theory https://sciencenorway.no/archaeology-history-society-and-culture/new-research-su... . ( )
  wreade1872 | Nov 28, 2021 |
My mom grabbed a copy of this book at Goodwill and brought it home for me when I was visiting over summer break. When she handed it to me and started describing the plot, the way she recounted so many details of something she hadn’t read in decades promised an exciting and memorable reading experience. Kon-Tiki didn’t disappoint.
  gracefromspace | Sep 1, 2021 |
Indeholder "1. En teori", "2. En ekspedition bliver til", "3. Til Sydamerika", "4. Over Stillehavet. I", "5. Halvvejs", "6. Over Stillehavet. II", "7. Til Sydhavsøerne", "8. Blandt Polynesiere", "Kort over Kon-Tikis rute og Sydhavsøernes folkeslag".

Rejseberetning om en tur på tømmerflåde fra Sydamerika for at bevise at det var en mulig rejsevej i tidligere tider. ( )
  bnielsen | Aug 7, 2021 |
I found a sort of folio society edition of this book in a charity bookshop and it immediately caught my eye because of the cover illustration. I knew the name Kon-Tiki but wasn't really aware that the book was a true account of a crazy expedition. As soon as I read the blurb on the inside jacket I knew that I had to buy this book.

Heyerdahl had a theory that the Polynesian islands could have been settled by people from South America but the question of transport remained unanswered, so, he wanted to explore the possibility. He wrote to National Geographic magazine about the possibility of the trip being funded in return for the exclusive story of the expedition. In what must have been one of the few times National Geographic has got it wrong, they turned it down. As a result the trip was financed by a combination of private resources and the lending of equipment and facilities by some national military forces.

The team of six people was put together in a fairly haphazard fashion with the final member meeting them during the construction phase and asking if he could tag along. They all managed to get on really well and they all brought different skills to the team. They were fortunate that the Peruvian authorities allowed them use of a dockyard to construct a raft made of balsa wood using ancient materials and methods. One thing I found very interesting is that once they were at sea (without any support) they calculated that they had to finish the journey before a certain time otherwise the raft would become waterlogged and would sink. They seemed remarkably un-fussed by this and oblivious to the dangers that they faced.

The recalling of the expedition is really good and the later stages get to be very exciting indeed. In the end, Heyerdahl's theory has been largely disproved but this remains a very good book about a very interesting and exciting expedition. I really want to go to the museum near Oslo to see the raft they have there now. ( )
  Brian. | Jul 25, 2021 |
Récit d'aventure et de voyage. Une expédition extraordinaire de 7000 km en radeau dans le pacifique

Le 28 avril 1947, le Norvégien Thor Heyerdahl prend la mer. Il quitte le port péruvien de Callao sur un radeau composé de troncs en balsa et assemblés avec des cordes de chanvre. Pour tout abri une cabane en bambou !! Il part rejoindre la Polynésie avec quatre compatriotes et un suédois. 7000 km de traversée dans des conditions spartiates !
Il entend ainsi démontrer au monde scientifique - qui le prend pour un illuminé - l'idée qu'il défend depuis un séjour dans les îles Marquises en 1937 : le peuplement de la Polynésie a des origines Sud-américaines. Jusque là, l'hypothèse admise penche sur une colonisation venue d'Asie, la traversée de l'océan pacifique aurait été impossible aux précolombiens.

Puisque c'est "impossible", faisons-le !! Et dans les conditions de l'époque (-500 avt JC). Seule une radio sera concédée à la modernité et permettra de garder aléatoirement et au hasard un lien avec l'un ou l'autre des radios amateurs.
Le radeau est chargé de provisions, baptisé Kon-Tiki (nom d'un Dieu Inca), remorqué au large de Callao et laissé à ses 6 aventuriers auquel un perroquet s'est joint.

Découvertes de la navigation, de la dérive, du maniement de la voile et de la gouverne. Découvertes du monde animal marin (pieuvres, requins, baleines, tortues de mer géantes, dorades, poissons volants, ...). Découvertes des tempêtes, des creux, des vents, des courants. Passage près de l'île de Pâques. Expérience folle, tendue par moments, reposante aussi, excitante, enivrante, dépaysante.

Succès !
L'Atoll de Raroia (archipel des Tuamotou) est atteint le 7 août.

C'est cette expérience dont témoigne l'auteur dans le livre "L'Expédition du Kon-Tiki".

Le livre fera grand bruit, édité et réédité dans de multiples traductions et versions. Un documentaire suivra et recevra un Oscar en 1950. Un musée sera ouvert à Oslo avec le radeau. Un film romancé sera tourné en 2012 (le plus gros budget jamais investi pour un film norvégien, à l'image de "Das boot" pour l'Allemagne en 1981).
A défaut d'académisme fermement et notoirement reconnu, l'auteur aura atteint la notoriété, la célébrité et l'aisance utile a de futures expériences "archéologiques", "ethnologiques".

Livre vivant à l'écriture assez fluide, certains passages s'avèrent très drôles, quelques autres (peu nombreux) sont très descriptifs et détaillés. Cela ne nuit néanmoins que peu au rythme de lecture qui finalement s'accommode assez bien aux diverses conditions que l'on peut imaginer en plein océan. On avance au grès des vents, du temps et des conditions de vie d'un groupe de six Nordiques venus tâter... à moins que ce ne soit tenter... le Pacifique.

Bonne lecture somme toute, agréable, hors âge (enfant/adulte) et hors temps (Homère ne fait-il dans l'épopée ?). Vernes reste l'un des auteurs les plus lus dans le genre. De la fiction au réel, il n'y a qu'un pas. Heyerdahl le démontre.
Ce récit est d'autant plus attrayant qu'il s'agit sans doute de l'une des dernières expéditions (la dernière ?) ou quelques hommes - avec des moyens d'apprentis bricoleurs (ou presque) - ont pris en main leur sort et leur destin pour en faire une aventure tout à fait unique et extraordinaire.

L'eau à la bouche ?
Croisiéristes, avant le paquebot, prenez le radeau.
On dit : "Pas d'eau, pas de vie" ! Le Kon-Tiki ? Ici ? Que d'eau ! Que de vie ! De l'eau-de-vie, pardi. Bien beau ( )
  JMK2020 | Apr 24, 2021 |
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No storm-clouds with low pressure and dirty weather held greater menace for us then the danger of psychological cloudburst among six men shut up together for months on a drifting raft. In such circumstances a good joke was often as valuable as a life-belt.
There were swarms of journalists and a clicking of cinema cameras; indeed, the only things that were lacking were a brass band and a big drum. One thing was quite clear to us all - that if the raft went to pieces outside the bay we would paddle to Polynesia, each of us on a log, rather than dare come back there again.
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On April 28, 1947, an expedition was led by Norwegian biologist Thor Heyerdahl. The journey by raft spanned 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean and was hailed as one of the most fantastic feats of daring and courage of its time. Heyerdahl and his crew duplicated the legendary voyage of Kon-Tiki, the mythical hero who led the settlement of the South Sea Islands by sailing on a balsawood raft from Peru to the Polynesian islands.

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