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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Then everybody but the two Americans, who had none, got out blankets and lay
down upon the desert. The cold of the desert night, toward four, was the cold of
the dark universe descended. Dawn came at last, and an hour later, a faint
Far cones jut out of the desert, and a group of peaks has a shark-fin appearance,
as if swept back by ancient winds off the High Semien, in Ethiopia. This is called
the Kaisut Desert, but in June, just after the rains, the black outcroppings of lava ...
The lava flow forms the north wall of an ancient lake bed called the Chalbi Desert
, a vast reach of ash and dead white soda that gives off the heat waves of mirage:
for fifty miles, brown columns of dust pursued our caravan westward. Gazelle in ...
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