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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But distant anvil clouds and cumulo - nimbus herald the separate weathers of the
lake basin , and by late spring the plains animals are already moving down the
drainage lines that flow west toward the woodlands . In November , when the ...
But one calf older than the rest sprang away before the dog and made a brave
run across the plain in stiff - legged long bounces , known as " pronking , ” in
which all four hooves strike the ground at once . Like the electric flickering of the
I could still see it — I can still see it to this day - a thin still thing come to a halt at
last on the silent plain . The grassland soil is built of ash blown westward from the
volcanoes of the Highlands . Beyond the ash plain , in the vicinity of Seronera ...
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