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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light , and against this light , on the rock pinnathem as darkness fell , aware of a
strange scream - ing in my ears . Then I came to , and moved away from the
shadows of the rock . A pale band in the wild manic howlings at my head . white ...
Buffeted by down - drafts , dodging clouds , the light planes came in over the
deep furrows of the flanks and made tight circles over the sickening vat . In its
brim - stone smokes , dead grays , sulfurous yellows , there was no hint of green ,
I also made tea and boiled two eggs for breakfast , to dispense with fire - mak -
ing in the dawn . As yet I had no energy to think about tomorrow , much less
attempt makeshift repairs ; the cool of first light would be time enough for that .
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