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 lain ...
The animals waded to their chests in the greasy waves , trunks coiling in and out ,
ears blowing . Night was falling in the shadows of the Rift , which rose in a black
wall behind the elephants , and from dusky woods came a solitary fluting .
The red and blue beads swinging from his ears stood for sun and water , but now
the sun was out of balance with the rain , and the grass was thin . The Maasai
speak of the benevolent Black God who brings rain , and the malevolent Red
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