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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Few forests are so beautiful , so silent , and here the silence is intensified by the
apprehended presence of wild beasts ... Because these creatures are so scarce
and shy , the forest paths can be walked in peace ; the only fierce animal I saw ...
The animals are not bad , for we and they all dwell in the forest together . The
intelligence of animals is not like that of people , but it is not very different , for
animals also are intelligent . All animals of the forest are alike , though we eat
Serekieli , in forest green , carried a shotgun . Like many people come lately to
boots , Serekieli tends to clump , but he clumps quietly and is very surefooted ; he
is a lean handsome man of sad eyes and enchanted smile . Every little while he ...
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