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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... concluded that the Dinka had less character than dogs (perhaps Sir Samuel
had stern British dogs in mind) due less to this abominable nudity than to what Sir
Samuel perceived as an unconscionable absence of rules and regulations in ...
But one calf older than the rest sprang away before the dog and made a brave
run across the plain in stiff-legged long bounces, known as "pronking," in which
all four hooves strike the ground at once. Like the electric flickering of the flank ...
While unable to run down his prey in the way of the wild dog or hyena, or even
rush it swiftly as the lion does, man would have used such lion tactics as driving,
ambush, and encirclement, and come upwind to the quarry, as lions have never ...
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