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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More than a hundred moved slowly toward the sun ; the landscape stirred . The
small boat manned by two askaris — rangers in khaki shirts and shorts , rakish
safari hats , and long puttees — pushed through reeds and scudding nympheas
In his days as a hunter , Myles depended heavily on his Dorobo gun bearers and
trackers , who moved quietly and missed nothing : “ They ' ve incredible hearing .
Not only did they know that a big animal was laying up in there , but they ' d ...
One morning a great company of elephants came from the woodlands , moving
eastward toward the Togoro Plain . ... The four hundred moved in one slow -
stepping swaying mass , with the largest cows along the outer ranks and big bulls
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