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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In his days as a hunter, Myles depended heavily on his Dorobo gun bearers and
trackers, who moved quietly and missed nothing: "They've incredible hearing. Not
only did they know that a big animal was laying up in there, but they'd know ...
"Murder everything," Myles says. The Ikoma driver, one of the rare survivors of a
black mamba bite, remarked that all Maasai were cattle thieves, which of course
is true. The second ranger was Corporal Nyama- hanga, an Ikuria from the Mara
Solomon ole Saibull (Ngorongoro) Yvonne and John Savidge (Ruaha) Kay and
George Schaller (Seronera) Serekieli (Mt. Meru — Ngurdoto) David Stevens (
Manyara) Simon Trevor (Nairobi) Kay and Myles Turner (Seronera) Desmond ...
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