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A fascinating adventure as Thor Live Heyerdahl attempt to go back to nature on the island of Fatu Hiva in the late thirties There original intent was to live their lives on the island, but the experiment goes awry with tropical diseases and untrustworthy islanders I found it depressing that the two divorced in 1947 because she did not like being in the limelight and did not want to detract from his career True love often does not survive a lifetime Too bad A fascinating adventure as Thor Live Heyerdahl attempt to go back to nature on the island of Fatu Hiva in the late thirties There original intent was to live their lives on the island, but the experiment goes awry with tropical diseases and untrustworthy islanders I found it depressing that the two divorced in 1947 because she did not like being in the limelight and did not want to detract from his career True love often does not survive a lifetime Too bad I feel like this book was exactly what I needed in the period I read it It s surprisingly relevant today and it kind of answered some of my questions about giving up on civilization and moving to some primitive island, not that there are many left today Fatu Hiva Back to Nature is what I think of when I hear an old school real life adventure story It s an autobiography so it being true made it muchinteresting Although it happened relatively recently, there are many reasons why it I feel like this book was exactly what I needed in the period I read it It s surprisingly relevant today and it kind of answered some of my questions about giving up on civilization and moving to some primitive island, not that there are many left today Fatu Hiva Back to Nature is what I think of when I hear an old school real life adventure story It s an autobiography so it being true made it muchinteresting Although it happened relatively recently, there are many reasons why it s almost impossible to happen today and I got disappointed the moment I realized that because honestly I d love to go through the whole adventure myself D Overall the book is highly entertaining and very interesting The author is engaging, the style is very readable, and a lot of fun As fascinating as an adventure book fiction but this is a real adventure, as it actually happened, which makes it awesome both in the marvelous and terrifying sense. In the late 1930 s, Heyerdahl and his wife left western civilization right after their wedding to live on the South Pacific island of Fatu Hiv and try to return to nature Their plan and dream was to live a simple life without any modern inventions or worries Fatu Hiva gives adetailed background to Kon Tiki, as Heyerdahl begins to hypothesize about South Americans making their way to the South Pacific as he comes across carvings in the rocks and hears the stories of the islanders ancesto In the late 1930 s, Heyerdahl and his wife left western civilization right after their wedding to live on the South Pacific island of Fatu Hiv and try to return to nature Their plan and dream was to live a simple life without any modern inventions or worries Fatu Hiva gives adetailed background to Kon Tiki, as Heyerdahl begins to hypothesize about South Americans making their way to the South Pacific as he comes across carvings in the rocks and hears the stories of the islanders ancestors It s not as exciting as some adventure stories, because there are no major, life or death near escapes, just a lot of exploring and eating fruit and lounging in streams The most amazing thing about the book is how relevant it is today, when many people are trying to return to anatural way of living Heyerdahls final consensus is that it s sadly impossible to return to nature For example, at one point he and his wife get horrible, infected sores on their legs and leave the islands briefly to get medical treatment and avoid losing their legs There s much discussion of the ways in which colonialism changed the ability to live in nature Plus, there s just not enough room for us all to be sustained by foraging for fruit In his conclusion, Heyerdahl discusses how we invented progress and now it s pulling us along, without regard to what is actually good for us The idea of returning to a simple, carefree life of fishing and living in a bamboo hut on the beach really only works from the perspective of a man living on a tropical island While we have really crapped up the planet and made things very complicated, I don t think that the natural life of our ancestors was necessarily an easier orcarefree life I m thinking about women giving birth in the snow, then bleeding to death, then the baby starving Still, the message of the book resounds today we need to find balance ( Free ) ⚇ Fatu-Hiva: Back to Nature ♲ A young Heyerdahl spentwith his bride, Liv, on Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas Islands They wanted to escape civilization live strictly according to nature Without medical supplies, they came within inches of losing their lives, but they also found the serenity they were seeking They built a bamboo cabin lived off the land, struggling against myriad diseases They lived to tell of hazardous inter island voyages, their idyllic month long stay with the last surviving Polynesian cannibal, their mixed relations with the islanders, their failures successes in an entirely natural world Fatu Hiva was a turning point in Heyerdahl s life It was there that he began to pick up a trail that would lead to the Kon Tiki expedition Ancient stone figures, the presence of such flora as the pineapple local legends all pointed to an early migration from South America At the time, this theory was considered outrageous Heyerdahl would later prove it not only possible, but likelyList of IllustrationsFarewell to CivilizationBack to NatureWhite Men, Dark ShadowsExodusTabooOcean EscapeOn HivaoaIsland of Ill OmenIn the Cannibal ValleyCave DwellersIndex Thor Heyerdahl s memoir of he and his wife s first adventure living back to nature on the Pacific island of Fatu Hiva Pretty interesting description of what it was like at the time ca 1930s , but a little ethnocentric Towards the end of the book he starts talking about his theories about how the Pacific Islands were populated by Peruvians Recent DNA evidence disputes his theories, but it s still interesting. Back to nature and giving up all that technology has to offer is the theme of this book I enjoyed reading this book, it made me think about all that technology has given to society and all that it has taken away It makes me think about my life and how I can change my lifestyle to help me to connect with nature It also had me thinking about global warming and what I can do to help Another fascinating glimpse into the disappearing native culture of the south Pacific islands written between the two World Wars cf Head Hunting in the Solomon Islands by Caroline Mytinger Although Heyerdahl wrote it after Kon Tiki , it describes events and discoveries that led to the later voyage I m glad I read both books in the same order he wrote them. The library called back this book that it took me forever to get via the hold system Now I have a giant fine, so who knows when I ll finish it This is the account of Thor and his wife Liv s experiment in living entirely off the land In the 1930s They planned to do this for the rest of their lives Then World War II happened. The writing is sparse spartan, there is little in the manner of reflection, and the author never comes to a definite conclusion about the nature of progress and mankind, but the actual events, reported as they were, unfold fascinatingly The idea at the core of the novel is a captivating one, and it makes the book worth reading The writing is sparse spartan, there is little in the manner of reflection, and the author never comes to a definite conclusion about the nature of progress and mankind, but the actual events, reported as they were, unfold fascinatingly The idea at the core of the novel is a captivating one, and it makes the book worth reading