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The Maldive Mystery

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Paperback, 367 pages
Published November 12th 1987 by Ballantine Books (first published 1986)
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David Bales
Thor Heyerdahl is one of the people whose lives I would have liked to have lived. A famous writer and adventure explorer, Heyerdahl from Norway became noted in the 1940s with his experiment of sailing from Peru to Polynesia in a balsa wood and reed sailboat, (immortalized in "Kon-Tiki") thus proving that it was at least possible for South American Indians to have populated parts of the Pacific. In the early 1980s he became fixated with a new mystery: that of the earliest inhabitants of the Maldi ...more
Taylor
The Maldive Mystery reminds me of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in that the archaeologist's later work involves a more speculative investigation to distill facts from myth and mystery, and less of a focus on the daring deeds of the "adventure archaeologist."

Comparisons to Crystal Skull are not pejorative, however: Heyerdahl IS one of the world's real-life adventure archaeologists, and his knowledge and curiosity draw you into his quest for the origins of the Maldivian cultu
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Emma
I had a hard time finding a book on the Maldive Islands, for the South Asian Challenge. Apart from tourist guides, my local library had basically only The Maldive Mystery. But that was also a great opportunity to finally read something by Heyerdahl.

I know he is sometimes criticized, and I understand, as I felt frustrated sometimes by repetitions in this book, and mostly because at the end of the book, I never got the real final answer that seemed to be originally promised.

Nevertheless, I found T
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Scott Williams
A wonderful mix of archaeology and adventure. I found it difficult to put down.
Dhonbefushi
it is about maldives
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See also ثور هايردال.

Thor Heyerdahl (October 6, 1914, Larvik, Norway – April 18, 2002, Colla Micheri, Italy) was a Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer with a scientific background in zoology and geography. Heyerdahl became notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition, in which he sailed 4,300 miles (8,000 km) by raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands. All his legendary expeditions are shown in th
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