Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft

Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft

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by Thor Heyerdahl
     
 

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Kon-Tiki is the record of an astonishing adventure — a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, led by a mythical hero, Kon-Tiki. He decided to prove his

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Kon-Tiki is the record of an astonishing adventure — a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, led by a mythical hero, Kon-Tiki. He decided to prove his theory by duplicating the legendary voyage.

On April 28, 1947, Heyerdahl and five other adventurers sailed from Peru on a balsa log raft. After three months on the open sea, encountering raging storms, whales, and sharks, they sighted land — the Polynesian island of Puka Puka.

Translated into sixty-five languages, Kon-Tiki is a classic, inspiring tale of daring and courage — a magnificent saga of men against the sea.

Washington Square Press' Enriched Classics present the great works of world literature enhanced for the contemporary reader. This edition of Kon-Tiki has been prepared by an editorial committee headed by Harry Shefter, professor of English at New York University. It includes a foreword by the author, a selection of critical excerpts, notes, an index, and a unique visual essay of the voyage.

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ISBN-13:
9780528810350
Publisher:
Rand McNally
Publication date:
09/28/1984
Edition description:
35th Anniversary Edition
Pages:
303

Meet the Author


Thor Heyerdahl was a Norwegian explorer, adventurer, and writer. Born in 1914, he became famous for the 1947 Kon-Tiki expedition. His life of exploration, which took him all over the world, continues to capture the public’s imagination and inspire people to do incredible things.

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Kon-Tiki 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A tale of bold explorers risking life and liberty for an adventure and to prove an historical hypothesis. This is a great story that reflects 'freedom of spirit' in the world. Refreshing in this day of lazy, arm-chair, Monday morning quarterbacks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You want adventure? You want risk? You want thrills? You want a mind-out-of-body experience while reading? Then, by all means, read KON-TIKI! No one believed he could do it. They all said he was crazy. He didn't even know how to swim! But he sailed across the pacific and proved his controversial theory. I've read it 4 times and will undoubtedly read it 4 times more - at least. It's an amazing, thrilling read. Please don't miss this book. It's one of those books you never forget.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a piece of history well told. Everyone said they would die in the attempt, but they arrived where they set out to go and proved what they wanted to prove.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The premise of the book is very interesting (how the Pacific Islands were settled) but the book itself grew a little repetitive. I lost count of how many times a large fish came to investigate the raft, or a fish jumped or swam up onto the raft and became a meal. I would have liked the book more if it offered some insight into what the men on board were thinking. This was really not touched upon, instead I felt I was reading the same chapter over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kon Tiki is good read. Notice I said 'good'. This book gave me mixed feelings. At times it dragged on a little, yet at times, it really picks up. I am in the 8th grade, so thats probably why I wasn't as into it as other people. This is a good sea adventure book, unlike Treasure Island. Overall, I liked this book and thought it was a cool story. I would give it 3 1/2 stars, but in a way, it deserves 4. I hope you like this book, and I hope you won't get bored. :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
After a somewhat slow beginning, Kon Tiki is hard to put down. The book takes almost a documentary approach with Heyerdahl spending almost no time developing characters or leading the reader to extract a theme or moral. Just as well! The action is sustaining with ample discussions of storms, sea creatures, and challenges with the raft. Read the book and then remind yourself that it is a true story that took place during the Truman presidency. No sonar and accompanying yachts here--just pure adventure! Get a copy with photographs; they're terrific.
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Charlottes-son More than 1 year ago
One of those charming books that have been promoted for years. It is that good.
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Kon Tiki is the tale of how Heyerdahl and five other courageous men set out to prove the origins of the Polynesian people, conquering the Pacific Ocean using only a raft. It is full of experiences and exploits that make one believe that the ocean in the Life of Pi is realistic. Heyerdahl expertly recounts the true ingeniousness of the primitive people's construction of the balsa raft with their own replica, and its astounding sea-worthiness. Kon Tiki is a whale of a tale that does not disappoint. I recommend this book to anyone who is in need of an excellent non-fiction read,  and I especially recommend this book to those with interests in anthropological studies. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kon Tiki is an excellent book describing the adventure of six men crossing  the pacific in a raft.   I had to read a non-fiction book for 12th grade English, and Kon Tiki was no disappointment. It was a bit slow at times, but I recommend it to anyone who loves a good adventure. I highly recommend this book to people interested in anthropological studies, as Thor presents a solid case for his argument regarding the origins of the Polynesian peoples.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this many years ago and could hardly wait to get back to it. It is one of the best true adventure tales of the ages and I have given a copy to one of my grandchildren for Xmas along with another of Thor Heyerdahl's books. He is the best.
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I am in the middle of the book and am so excited even though I know the outcome. It is beautifullly written. So uplifting. I highly recommend it to anyone eho has an adventurous heart. I recently saw the new movie of the same name and enjoyed it so much that I had to read the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when it was first published by the origional, author, i prefer that edition, thor was an interesting man who was not afraid to test his theories even when he could not be sure of the outcome
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THIS IS AN AWESOME ADVENTURE TAKING PLACE ON THE SURFACE OF THE PACIFIC.
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