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

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A very young Thor Heyerdahl sets out with his new wife for paradise - a natural and unspoiled world that they sought and, to a degree, found in the South Pacific. It was the first of many journeys that would lead to expeditions and explorations, to a vocation, to the testing of theories against the currents of oceans and history, to books that would include Kon-Tiki, Aku-Aku, and Easter Island, and would bring him worldwide fame and renown. This warm, spirited, amusing memoir of Heyerdahl's youth is the key to ...
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New York, NY 1996 Hard Cover First Edition, 2nd Printing New in New jacket BRAND NEW Copy. Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002) is known for his ... Kon-Tiki expedition, in which he sailed 4, 300 miles by raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands. This volume recounts time spent on Fatu Hiva in the Pacific, and side trips to Hivaoa and Mohotani---an early trip a young Heyerdahl, fresh out of college, took with his new bride. The narrative draws on journals kept during their travels. Read more Show Less

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A very young Thor Heyerdahl sets out with his new wife for paradise - a natural and unspoiled world that they sought and, to a degree, found in the South Pacific. It was the first of many journeys that would lead to expeditions and explorations, to a vocation, to the testing of theories against the currents of oceans and history, to books that would include Kon-Tiki, Aku-Aku, and Easter Island, and would bring him worldwide fame and renown. This warm, spirited, amusing memoir of Heyerdahl's youth is the key to his future life. We see the early emergence of certain of his basic ideas and beliefs: that ancient man, previously believed to he primitive and confined by the oceans, knew more and traveled farther than had been suspected; that the natural world was even then endangered and was well worth preserving; that individuals and peoples could live peacefully together, find common problems and uncommon joys. This is a love story, an adventure story, a documentary based on journals the young Thor kept at the time, and a prophet's brief but unrestrained, unabashed sermon-polemic on why the seas, like the cities, should no longer be unthinkingly polluted in the pursuit of profits, and why the contempt for nature is as much a crime against the planet as a capital offense against humanity.
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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.)
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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
Alice Joyce
Well-known adventurer and naturalist, Heyerdahl first journeyed to Polynesia as a newly married young man. His memoir is a fascinating account of that inaugural trip and the life he and his wife, Liv, shared in their tropical paradise. During that time, Heyerdahl gathered a great deal of botanical, anthropological, and zoological data. Evidence of transoceanic migration routes between South America and the Marquesan Islands was to be the high point of the experience. Ten years later, Heyerdahl sailed the Kon-Tiki raft, crafted of balsa logs, from Peru to the Polynesian Islands. Heyerdahl's seemingly endless desire to understand how our human ancestors lived on this fragile yet miraculously fecund planet enlivens his narrative. At book's end, the evolution of all species is broached--that, as well as the need to cease polluting the environment and to treasure earth's natural resources.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679440932
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/12/1996
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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