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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This eastern region of the plain lies in the rain shadow of the Crater Highlands,
and is very dry. In winter, Serengeti days are made by the prevailing southeast
winds, which lose their precipitation when they strike the east wall of 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 flank ...
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 unseasonal rains of late January continued into
February, falling mostly in late afternoon and in the night; many days had a high ...
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