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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crossed a stone ridge where, in winter, a fine lion had made way for my Land
Rover; I stared about me. In every distance the plain was sparse and bare.
Strange pale shimmers were far oryx and gazelle, and an eagle crossed the sky,
and a ...
Leite cautioned against touching a certain euphorbia whose milk was hurtful to
the eyes, and showed me a small plant, ol-umigumi, taken as a stimulant with
meat before a lion hunt to give warriors courage. The moran surround a big male
Great herds had gathered at the Seronera River, where the local prides of lion
were well fed. Twenty lions together, dozing in the golden grass, could
sometimes be located by the wave of a black tail tuft or the black ear tips of a
lifted head that ...
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