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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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 you!" Here in the Endobash last ...
Most of all, I dreaded that my battered Land Rover would break down beyond
repair at a crucial moment. In this gloomy hollow of sere thornbush, the gray
rainless sky of African summer seemed to weigh upon the earth, I remembered
The Land Rover had picked a poor place to collapse, but at least it had got me to
my destination, and the sun if not the heat would soon be gone. Any time now,
the airplane of Douglas-Hamilton, coming to meet me, would be landing on the ...
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