The tree where man was born
In this classic volume, Matthiessen exquisitely combines both nature and travel writing to bring East Africa to vivid life. He skillfully portrays the daily lives of herdsmen and hunter-gatherers; the drama of the predator kills; the hundreds of exotic animals; the breathtaking landscapes; and the area's turbulent natural, political, and social histories.
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"Silly old things," said Iain, scarcely looking up. "Frightful cowards, really. Silly old
elephants." He gazed at them with affection. "Oh, damn!" he said, as a big cow
came blaring through the bushes. "That's Big Boadicia — she'll charge us, ...
"These are the baddies," Iain said. He sat slumped behind the wheel of his idling
Land Rover, hands in pockets. "Horrible wild uncouth elephants!" he cried
suddenly, as if about to shake his fist. "Turn around, you bahstards, let's have a
look at ...
Apparently Iain noticed this, for when Oria murmured, "She won't jump," he
snapped at her, "Don't be so bloody sure." Nevertheless he carried on — I don't
think it occurred to him to stop — and a second later we were fatally committed.
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