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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At midday Lengai loomed through the clouds and again vanished. Heat and
silence became one. Adding their silence to the silence, the griffons waited. The
Land Rover retreated westward, toward the east face of the Gols. A band of green
I listened to a solitary nightjar, fixed in the rigidity of its shrill song that under
Lengai was a part of the moon silence. With Hawkes at daybreak I set off toward
the mountain. Each carried a small knapsack of tea and water, nuts and raisins, ...
Lenana, 1 IS Lengai (Mountain of the God), 10— 11, 112, 115-116, 118, 119, 120
, 162, 174, 176, 190-191, 193-197, 202, 203, 206, 208 Leopards, 107, 108, 116,
117, 120, 130-131, 138, 139, 171, 225 Libya, 29 Lions, 28, 35, 53, 94-95, 108, ...
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