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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Awaiting us, she flared her teeth, and this time I saw the muscles twitch as she
hitched herself to spring: Ears back, eyes flat in an intent head sunk low upon her
paws, she was shifting her bony shoulders and hind feet. Apparently Iain noticed
At twilight one late afternoon near the drowned forest, a herd of elephants fed on
mats of dead typha sedge blown over from the far side of the lake. The animals
waded to their chests in the greasy waves, trunks coiling in and out, ears blowing.
Here the young warrior, mounting the rock, made a grand sweeping gesture of
his cape to- ward the horizons of Maasai Land, and sighed with all his being. The
red and blue beads swinging from his ears stood for sun and water, but now the ...
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