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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The west foothills of the highlands, under Lema- grut Volcano, are steps made by
tilting and faulting of the earth's surface that only took place some fifty thousand
years ago, in the time when the Rift Valley was created. In this wet period of the ...
... of the mole cricket, whose mighty song attracts its females from a mile away,
the white turd of the bone-eating hyena, and the pyriform egg of a crowned plover
in water-colored camouflage that blends the rain and earth and air and grass.
Mt. Kenya is a shard of rock thrust upward from the earth, but Kilima Njaro, the
White Mountain, has ascended into the sky, a place of religious resonance for
tribes all around its horizons. The glacier glistens. A distant snow peak scours the
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