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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Easing his nerves, Vesey hypothesized the converse of the bees: "Where the
bloody hell's the hive?!" "Right here, you idiot — it's always here." "Well, it bloody
well isn't!" By the time they get through discussing it, the hive is back in place: "
Altogether we are six: besides myself, Vesey-Fitz- Gerald and his friend George
Reed and a wildlife photographer and mountaineer named Brian Hawkes, and
the cook Chilufia, and the Meru ranger Frank who was with us last year on the ...
Most or all of the book was read by Dr. John S. Owen and Myles Turner, by
ecologists Desmond Vesey-FitzGerald and David Western, and by Hugh Russell,
who paid particular attention to the use and spelling of Swahili. In addition,
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