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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... tusked pigs the size of hippopotami , and wild sheep as large as buffalo , as
well as such animals as the white rhi - noceros , once common on these plains .
... the Congo , it was once more common than its relative throughout the continent
Some two hundred thousand were in sight at once , with myriad zebra and the
small Thomson ' s gazelle . Eight wild dogs were hunting new gazelle left hidden
by their mothers in the tussocks ; one snatched a calf out of the grass only yards ...
cled by steep walls , and the mystery deepens when a fish eagle plummets to the
springs east of the lake and rises once more against the sky , in its talons a gleam
of unknown life from the vol - cano . One of the Ol Alilal moran was very sick ...
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