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Fatu-Hiva by Thor Heyerdahl
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Dec 30, 09

bookshelves: sailing-cruising
Recommended for: Adventurers in Paradise
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One of Heyerdahl's lesser known works. This is another one that I read so long ago that my review is necessarily of the impressions that remain. The most incredible thing about the book is the story of how he somehow convinced his new bride to go tramping through the jungles of Fatu Hiva without the benefit of much of anything to protect them from the elements, particularly the insects. If you've been to Fatu Hiva (I have) you know what a rugged, savage, unforgiving place it is. It's an astounding story and served as part of the inspiration for my recent novel which is also set in the Marquesas Islands.

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