Kon Tiki Across the Pacific by Raft Author:Thor Heyerdahl, F. H. Lyon (Translator) "Am going to cross Pacific on a wooden raft to support a theory that the South Sea islands were peopled from Peru. Will you come?... Reply at once." — That is how six brave & inquisitive men came to seek a dangerous path to test a scientific theory. On a primitive raft made of 40' balsa logs & named Kon-Tiki in honor of a le... more »gendary sun king, Heyerdahl & five companions deliberately risked their lives to show that the ancient Peruvians could have made the 4300-mile voyage to the Polynesian islands on similar craft.
Life on the raft was strange and wonderful. Perhaps the most amazing part of the whole voyage was that not once during the 101 days were the men bored. The always present danger of storms (and the storms themselves), the eternal, ever-changing sea and sky, and their own ingenuity took care of that; That, and the huge company of fish. They encountered the rare whale shark --"Walt Disney, with all his powers of imagination, could not have created a more hair-raising monster"-- and they were the first men ever to see a live snake mackerel.
On every page of this true record -- from the actual building of the raft thru all the dangerous and comic adventures on the sea to the spectacular crash-landing & the native islanders' hula dances -- each reader will find a wholesome and spellbinding escape from the 20th century.« less
ISBN-13: 9780671813147 ISBN-10: 0671813145 Publication Date: 1977 Pages:238 Edition:Oceanic Society ed Rating:
Read this book over 40 years ago, and found it so inspiring that I never forgot it. I would highly recommend it for any age from adolescence on. An amazing account of what the human spirit is capable of.