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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Ma- gandula is a game scout and the prestige of his bunduki, or rifle, entitles him
to two porters, Gimbe and Giga. Magandula is loud and opinionated; Gimbe and
Giga are quiet. Magandula and Gimbe have Isanzu fathers, but Giga, smaller ...
Magandula curls up with his bunduki, and Giga is hooked close to the embers.
They murmur in their soft deep voices, which drop away one by one. Soon Giga
is asleep, and all night he breathes rapidly, like a wild creature stunned and
Magandula has borrowed a wood comb from Giga; perched on a rock, he combs
his head for a long time without discernible results. According to Magandula, it is
only the influence of civilization that prevents the Sipunganebe from deserting ...
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