During the last two days I crossed the *Atlantic twice in a boat made of papyrus reeds I had already read Thor Heyerdahl s first work *twice in a boat made of papyrus reeds I had already read Thor Heyerdahl s first work one which made him famous regarding his Kon Tiki voyage from Peru to Polynesia However I don t remember being effected by that book as I was by this one Whether that is due to the slightly difference subject matter treated the change in the author
S Style Or Likelystyle or likely change in my own attitude I do not know While the book is like Kon Tiki primarily about sailing an ancient boat across a huge angry ocean it starts with about 100 pages of Thor traveling all around the world learning about reed boats and finding the things he needs to build oneI uess right now I just want to be an adventurer like him Perhaps an academic career is one of the only ways to see some parts of the world Antarctica and all those remote tribes that still live closely and harmoniously with the Earth aren t places you Den Of Lions A Novel go as a tourist Maybe I ll need to find some scientific pathway that willet me to the poles and do Anthropology fieldwork in college The Peace Corps sounds kind of attractive except that it s part of the US Government Something similar anyway There was a Peace Corps dude in the book who just drove around the Sahara alone in a jeep drilling wells in Arab towns to keep them from A January Chill going to war against their repressive Christian post colonialovernment in ChadI thought The Ra Expeditions would be a scientific and a bit drier change of pace from Phantastes to keep from using up all my magical fun books right away but I was wrong at least at the beginning it is practically the same book in a lot of ways except that it takes place in the real world That of course only makes it fantastical though I recommend this to you if you like Anthropology and adventures Not necessarily something you need to rip yourself away from Important College Work or Important Highschool Work for though This books captures all of the emotional sense of failure attached to Ra I which I remember reading about in the newspapers when it first happened It throws in a brief overview of the successful Ra II expedition Having spent time on these reed boats in Lake Titicaca I can attest to the fact that although they float they are so low to the round it must of taken king size balls to sail the Atlantic in a reed boat especially the second time I first read this book when in high school nearly 40 years ago and was surprised this time by some of the scenes I remembered in vivid detail. Ra tells of Heyerdahl's voyage from N Africa to S America in a 45' papyrus boat modelled on those depicted in Egyptian wall paintings A violent storm ended the 1st expedition but within a year the seven me.
Thor Heyerdahl ¹ 1 DOWNLOADHeir trash may have increased the supply of nutrients to the plankton HmmmTHAT might repay an investigation The first part of the book describes Heyerdahl s research into reed boats in various parts of the world Northern Africa the Mediterranean South America Then there is the preparation for and building of Ra A uick crew selection and the journey commences from Safi in Morocco The Journey of Ra is a leaning exercise and falls only a few hundred miles short of achieving the oal of reaching the Americas Barbados to be exact An interlude during the book presented as a conversation amongst the crew outlines the coincidences between the isolated cultures of the world as they evolved in isolation some Heyerdahl s suggests migration and dispersion but really only highlights the possibility and again the coincidence There is also some highlighting of pollution as an issue particularly oil in the sea but also plastics etcA new boat Ra II a repeat voyage this time arriving successful in BarbadosTaking place in 1969 and 1970 this is an entertaining read Heyerdahl s voyages precede others who recreate with accuracy of vessel historical sea voyages Tim Severin and the likes very interesting book I think that the first Ra expedition was a failure it wasn t of course like all scientific experiments even a failure yields information sometimes as in this case information vital to later success colored the tone of this book Kon Tiki and Fatu Hiva were both written by an admittedly younger optimistic Heyerdahl this one wasn t Still it s ood adventure and as fascinating as the other two I ve said it before and I ll say it again DIscovery NatGeo
History and all the other Great true adventure story It is amazingand all the other Great true adventure story It is amazing some people do in their life What courage As usual Heyerdahl keeps me spellbound I had already read the Kon Tiki and the Tigris Expeditions some years ago and after reading Ra I plan to take another look *at the other expeditions nostalgia I uess The possibilities touched during such expeditions leave me with a *the other expeditions nostalgia I uess The possibilities touched during such expeditions leave me with a lot of uestions especially about the Phoenicians Malta s possible part trans Atlantic crossings in the era BC etc I especially found intriguing the reference to the start of the Mayan calander which is 12083113 BC as this year is the year of the end of this calenderAs you can see this book just opens up a whole lot of uestions for me and leaves me eager to know Such books offer one a jolt a new or renewed interest something exciting to look up and think abou. F the Nile In the world of the Pyramid builders Out in the Atlantic Down the African coast to Cape JubyIn the clutches of the sea Into American waters RA II by papyrus boat from Africa to AmericaPostscript. This time the book was even interesting because I followed Heyerdahl s travels on Wikimapia and could zoom in on satellite photos of the topography he was describing including Lake Titicaca Lake Chad the Gulf of California Ethiopia and MoroccoIt was interesting to read again the evidence the author presented regarding a possible influence of Mediterranean or North African science and culture on the ancient empires of Central and South America This time however I had instant access to online resources to check out his assertions I was disappointed however to learn that nothing seems to have been discovered since 1970 to either support or dispell Heyerdahl s theories They are still dismissed by most scientists as pseudoarcheology At least this time I had Wikipedia to provide photographs of the evidence the author described and there are some truly amazing Olmec artificats that need explainingThe 1969 and 1970 Ra expeditions brought the author in intimate and prolonged contact with people of varied cultures including a Soviet shipmate during the height of the Cold War Heyerdahl s commentary on them and the eopolitics of that time made me realize that he has a rather casual Scandinavian way made me realize that he has a rather casual Scandinavian way looking south from the top of Europe that I find refreshing I bought this book in Oslo as a souvenir read and fell in love with the tale told by Heyerdahl The writing was lively and vivid as well as instructive The people involved with these two expeditions were wonderfully characterized and I was sad to say Manual Of Oregon Trees And Shrubs good bye to them when I closed the book at the end I will need to re read Kon Tiki I was a child and did not appreciate what aood writer Thor Heyerdahl was and what an adventure that journey represented Another ood adventure story by Heyerdahl Barely possible Yes Likely You decideWhat I remember most about this book is *The Crew On The First *crew on the first singing We
don t want a yellow submarine as the boat sankThe second try was less melodromatic butt want a yellow submarine as the boat sankThe second try was less melodromatic but and a lament about the filthy state of the Atlantic even that early Tar balls sewage various sorts of flotsamHeyerdahl points out in one of his books This one that nobody need starve at sea who has a fine cloth his crew used their shirts to seive out plankton This was also noted by Darwin in The Voyage of The Beagle but it may not be universally so Both the Beagle and the Ra expedition went by commonly traveled routes And I hadn t thought of this before but it may be that the freuent passage of ships and their tendency to jettison N had embarked on their 2nd journey in Ra IIOne riddle two answers no solution Why a reed boat To the Indians in the Cactus ForestWith Bedouin Buduma in the heart of AfricaAmong Black monks at the source