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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a glowing leopard stretched full length on a rim of rock, in the flickering sun
shade of a fig; seeing man, it gathered itself without stirring, and flattened into the
stone as it slid from view. It is said that a leopard will lie silent even when struck
No animal was in sight, and their bellies were full, yet they glared steadfastly
away into the emptiness of plain, as if something that no man could sense was
imminent. Not far off there was a leopard; possibly they scented it. The leopard
lay on ...
At Gidabembe Hill, among the monoliths, baboons are raving, and there comes a
sudden brief strange sound that brings Giga from his cave. "Chui," he whispers.
Leopard. But the others shrug — how can one know? The Hadza never like to ...
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