Green Was the Earth on the Seventh Day: Memories and Journeys of a Lifetime

Green Was the Earth on the Seventh Day: Memories and Journeys of a Lifetime

by Thor Heyerdahl, Heyerdahl
     
 

The bestselling author of Kon-Tiki and Aku-Aku set out for the far Pacific and a place where he could throw his watch away and meet nature in its purest form. It was the start of many journeys to prove that ancient man had traveled far and wide, and was far more daring, sophisticated, and wise than had been thought. 24 photos.  See more details below

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The bestselling author of Kon-Tiki and Aku-Aku set out for the far Pacific and a place where he could throw his watch away and meet nature in its purest form. It was the start of many journeys to prove that ancient man had traveled far and wide, and was far more daring, sophisticated, and wise than had been thought. 24 photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the mid-'30s, Heyerdahl and his bride, Liv, embarked on a year-long project to study local animals on an oceanic island to find out how they got there. The Heyerdahls selected Fatu-Hiva in the Marquesas; it was lightly populated and so remote that there was no regular ship service. They wanted to be totally independent of civilization and to live off the land; their only human-made products were an iron pot and a long-handled machete. Heyerdahl gives an engaging account of their adventures and their relations with the island's inhabitants. An elderly man who remembered the practice of cannibalism told of a tradition that the island had been settled by people from the east. Heyerdahl had noticed that many of the edible plants-pineapple, papaya, sweet potato-were native to South and Central America. Those discoveries launched him on his epic voyages (Kon-Tiki, Aku-Aku) tracing early human migrations and the theory that the diffusion of humans is linked to the spread of cultivated plants. In the final chapters, Heyerdahl makes a plea for saving Earth and its waters. Photos not seen by PW. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Accompanied by his wife, Liv, and fresh out of college, Thor Heyerdahl set out for Fatu-Hiva, a small, lightly inhabited island of the Marquesas group in the South Seas, to research how local animals had come to live on an isolated island in the Pacific. This title recounts his adventures on Fatu-Hiva. He had always felt that humanity was not necessarily making a better world for itself by distancing itself from nature in the name of progress. Deciding to live in harmony with nature, Thor and Liv tucked away their suits and shoes and set out to live off the land like the natives. Scraping away the roots and stones to clear some land for a home, they encountered ancient artifacts from the islands' first inhabitants. From the natives' tales and the artifacts themselves, Thor got his first clues that the founders were from South America and had traveled to the islands in a balsa craft. Later, he was to try the journey himself, recording the adventure in his book Kon-Tiki (1954). Although the end of this memoir contains preachy overtones regarding humans' abuse of the environment, it is an enjoyable read. Recommended for public and academic libraries.-Kathy Ellerton, Missouri Research & Education Network, Columbia

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ISBN-13:
9781568361826
Publisher:
Kodansha International
Publication date:
04/01/1997
Series:
Kodansha Globe Ser.
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.88(d)

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