Some time ago, and long before the film came out, I posted about one of the most marvelous books I grew up with - Kon-Tiki and I, by Erik Hesselberg.
At the time I was able to provide a link to the contents of the book itself, and many of you were able to enjoy a few pages.
Unfortunately, and, naturally, this link has now been severed due to copyright. Doubly unfortunately the re-print of this book is out of print too.
Many have read Thor Hyerdahl's account, but Hesselberg's is mostly a single-person viewpoint, and its delightful, drawing-based narrative and its humble nature belays the controversy of the undertaking and challenges the team experienced in floating across the Pacific on a balsa raft.
On page 34, Hesselberg likens the raft to an insect:
"For a time the wind and sea pretended not to see the curious insect. They left the impudent creature to the mercy of the current which does not care if one is a splinter or a big steamer. But then they perceived that the insect was in earnest. And so they set to work to shake it off."
"All things must have an end - and so the dirty weather stopped being dirty and we felt we had everything very shipshape and pleasant. The little cabin was better than the Bolivar in Lima itself, we thought. And here we need not put on suits and ties for meals either. At one end lay Herman, Thor, Bengt and I. Knut lay at our feet and at the other end lay Torstein with the wireless and Lorita*"
So I show here a few pages, just re-iterate what a delightful and unique book it was, and encourage you to buy yourself a copy if you ever see one. There must be a few still in second-hand bookshops.
I have two copies and am looking for a third so I may bequeath a copy to each of my young people.
So if you see two copies, please send me the address of the store!
* Lorita the parrot.