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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Even in camp, wild things were going on about their business — tiny red pepper
ticks with bites that itch for days, and a small scorpion, stepping edgily, pincers
extended, over the bark bits by the camp table, and ant lions (the larvae of the ...
Worldly as Iain is conservative, she shares his intensity about the present and
fatality about the future, and the camp was much more civilized for her presence. I
had not been in Ndala a half-hour before Iain had us in emergency. A cow-calf ...
Near Leakey's camp, we had come upon a black- maned lion in the grass, and
Legaturi, seated beside me, had hurled defiance at the king of beasts, splitting
my ears with the blood-curdling whoops and chants used by the lion-killing mo-
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