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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The elephants were upwind of us, and before we knew it we were right among
them, so close, in fact, that we dove for cover underneath the high bush beside us
when it quaked with the movements of the elephant behind. A moment later ...
Peter is brooding, but I am still excited by the hunt, and glad to be free of the
dense bush, and so I celebrate this moment of my life, the sparkle of gold mica on
my brown feet, a pair of pied kingfishers that racket from dead limb to limb, the ...
his bow and arrows, which rot in the bush behind his head; the sad old broken
arrows with their tattered vanes are the home of spiders. Mutu is back from
begging maize at an Mbulu shamba, and complains as ever of his feet, which are
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