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In the late 1930s, Thor Heyerdahl left his home in Norway and set off with his new wife for paradise. Fulfilling a long-held ambition to return to nature, the couple sought, and to a degree found, a natural and unspoiled world on the remote island of Fatu-Hiva in the South Pacific. Based on his original journals, Heyerdahl's documentary account charts how the dreams of a lifetime were transformed into a magical year of hope, excitement and unexpected danger. A timeless story of love and adventure, GREEN WAS THE also an impassioned plea for the preservation of the cities and the seas against the tide of pollution and the pursuit of profit, ideas and beliefs, a cry which would shape one man's life and the environmental concerns of successive generations. Powerful and poignant, GREEN WAS THE EARTH ON THE SEVENTH DAY is a very special kind of autobiography.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780349109879
ISBN-10: 0349109877
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 124mm x 22mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Abacus
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 2-Apr-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


US Kirkus Review » Explorer Heyerdahl (Easter Island, 1989, etc.) offers an engaging memoir of the South Seas idyll that launched him on his controversial anthropological theories and lifelong commitment to conservation. Fresh out of Oslo University, the wayfaring Norwegian (who turned 81 this year) resolved to escape civilization and get back to nature. With a like-minded young bride named Liv, he headed for the Marquesas, an archipelago about 1,000 miles northeast of Tahiti. In 1937, the venturesome couple set up housekeeping in the heights of Fatu-Hiva, above a gorgeous interior river valley. While able to live off the land, the Heyerdahls eventually learned that life in paradise involves certain trade-offs. Forced to seek medical attention for their dangerously ulcerated legs, they braved the open ocean to reach Hivaoa (where painter Paul Gauguin is buried). Back on Fatu-Hiva, the author and his wife quit the mosquito coast for the island's windward side. In time, however, their new Eden became untenable, owing to the animosity of local inhabitants, the descendants of cannibals, and the couple set out for home in 1938. Although fascinating, the quotidian details of Heyerdahl's maiden expedition are less important than the strong opinions he developed. During this initial sojourn, the author first conjectured that transoceanic travelers spread ancient cultures (as well as alien flora and fauna) around the world, a hypothesis he subsequently tested with the drift voyages of the Kon-Tiki and Ra II. Heyerdahl also formed deep convictions about the need for humankind to avoid disturbing nature's wondrous balances, in particular, those of the great life-sustaining waters that cover three-quarters of the globe. In closing, he makes a lyrical attempt to square the circles of creationism and evolution, concluding there's a divine spark in the universe, since neither DNA nor protein could have been fashioned by chance. The absorbing testament of a wise old Viking who remains one of planet Earth's most devoted and persuasive stewards. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Thor Heyerdahl

Thor Heyerdahl was educated as a biologist, he subsequently turned to anthropology. A prodigious explorer, he gained world fame in 1947 when he sailed a balsa wood raft from Peru to Polynesia. He was President Gorbachev's personal adviser on environmental issues.

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Easter Island by Thor Heyerdahl

Easter Island

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Kon-Tiki Expedition by Thor Heyerdahl

The Kon-Tiki Expedition

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Kon Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl

Kon Tiki

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