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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Soft hills inset with outcrops of elephant-colored boulders rose beyond a bright
stretch of blue river, and elephants climbed to a sunrise ridge from a world that
was still in shadow. More than a hundred moved slowly toward the sun; the ...
Also, Lengai was gathering its clouds, which would make the climb more difficult.
But we had worked too hard to give up now; the going could get easier at any
moment, and from the mountainside we might perceive a better route back to the
5 The light in my small camp under Shombole was the one light left in all the
world. Staring up at the black cone that filled the night sky to the east, I knew I
would never climb it. There was a long hard day ahead with nothing certain at the
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