The Armchair Traveler Club


Posted by mukikamu on August 6, 2007


Is there a greater classic among adventure books than the reckless Thor Heyerdahl’s story about a 104 day long raft ride through the Pacific in 1947? It is just as crazy as it is heroic and makes your jaw drop everytime. The 6 men fighting the elements on a hand-made balsa wood vesel are at the mercy of the acient Gods of South America and the Pacific. Encounters with wonderful Verne-like creatures of the sea bring the Pacific to life. Squids and giant sharks are right under your feet, fish and octopus fly into your face daily. You just have to put your toothbrush in the water and a fish bites on it vehemently. Myths accompany the Scandinavian crew all the way, it’s an uplifting tale of a pursuit of dreams. Mandatory for armchair explorers. I am prepared to fight everyone who says it’s a children’s book.



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  1. Mukikamu,

    I was wondering if I could induce to read my new book. It’s called Voyage of the Manteño, and it is the true story of how my colleagues and I built and sailed a series of balsa rafts very similar to Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki. We made many important discoveries about the ancient culture that invented these rafts, and along the way we lived and survived many harrowing adventures. People have really enjoyed reading it, and I have recieved quite a warm outpouring of praise; nevertheless, I could sure use some online reviews from interested Bloggers. If you’re interested, I could send you the first chapter as a sample, as well as some beautiful photos of our balsa rafts. If you find the time, I hope you’ll check it out.


    John Haslett

  2. mukikamu said

    Dear John,

    I would be truly honored to review your book! To be perfectly honest, I feel ashamed of not having heard of your adventures before. After checking out your website I wonder how your mission was promoted in mass media. I would have thought a story like this would capture the imagination of journalists. It sure captures mine.
    It would be a treat to hear the details and a bit more about your inspiration.
    Best of luck,

    Cecilia Balint

  3. Not long ago i purchased a great little book entitled “KON-TIKI AND I” by Erik Hesselberg, published in 1951, though first published in 1949. It is page after page of illustration/drawings of the entire trip with notes , homourously sited! It is a jem indeed! 🙂

    They were brave men for sure!

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