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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 quick 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 goal of reaching the Americas Barbados to be exact An interlude during the book, presented as a conversation amo 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 quick 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 goal 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 etc.A new boat Ra II, a repeat voyage, this time arriving successful in Barbados.Taking 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 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 This time the book was eveninteresting 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 Morocco.It was interesting to read again the evidence the author presented regarding a possible influence of 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 This time the book was eveninteresting 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 Morocco.It 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 explaining.The 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 geopolitics of that time made me realize that he has a rather casual Scandinavian way of looking south from the top of Europe that I find refreshing 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 ground it must of taken king size balls to sail the Atlantic in a reed boat, especially the second time. very interesting book. Great true adventure story It is amazing what some people do in their life What courage. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 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 good 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 ot 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 good 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 such channels owe a huge debt to Heyerdahl and his idea of putting anthropological theories to the test Another good adventure story by Heyerdahl Barely possible Yes Likely You decide.What I remember most about this book is the crew, on the first try, singing We don t want a yellow submarine as the boat sank.The second try was less melodromatic but becameanda 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 cre Another good adventure story by Heyerdahl Barely possible Yes Likely You decide.What I remember most about this book is the crew, on the first try, singing We don t want a yellow submarine as the boat sank.The second try was less melodromatic but becameanda 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 frequent passage of ships and their tendency to jettison their trash may have increased the supply of nutrients to the plankton HmmmTHAT might repay an investigation &FREE PDF ☝ The Ra Expeditions ↟ Ra tells of Heyerdahl s voyage from N Africa to S America in apapyrus boat modelled on those depicted in Egyptian wall paintings A violent storm ended the st expedition but within a year the seven men had embarked on their nd 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 of 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 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 guess The possibilities touched during such expeditions leave me with a whole lot of questions 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 12.08.3113 BC 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 guess The possibilities touched during such expeditions leave me with a whole lot of questions 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 12.08.3113 BC as this year is the year of the end of this calender.As you can see this book just opens up a whole lot of questions for me and leaves me eager to knowSuch books offer one a jolt, a new or renewed interest, something exciting to look up and think about Rousing adventure on the high seas with one of the great adventurers, Thor Heyerdahl and his multi cultural crew And a duck and a monkey I don t think I share his theories about Egyptian contact with the New World, but I really enjoyed the book I marveled at what audacity it took to sail a reed boat from Africa to the Caribbean hard to believe they came out of it alive I would never have the guts to do something like this What a crackpot I was inspired to read this after my visit to the Rousing adventure on the high seas with one of the great adventurers, Thor Heyerdahl and his multi cultural crew And a duck and a monkey I don t think I share his theories about Egyptian contact with the New World, but I really enjoyed the book I marveled at what audacity it took to sail a reed boat from Africa to the Caribbean hard to believe they came out of it alive I would never have the guts to do something like this What a crackpot I was inspired to read this after my visit to the Kon Tiki museum in Oslo otherwise I never would have given a thought to reading it Glad I did, and I intend to read all his other books now