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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Then the short rains fall , and the great herds , drawn by the first flush of new
grass , return to the open plain in the annual movement , known as ... This
eastern region of the plain lies in the rain shadow of the Crater Highlands , and is
very dry .
... was a day of low At the mouth of Ngata Kiti is Ol Doinyo Rabi still clouds , waxy
gray with the weight of rain . — the Cold Mountain — named for the chill wind On
the plain , the herd animals were rest that sweeps the Gol in summertime ...
white clouds cross the black thunderhead behind aisera ; lightning came , and a
drum of rain on the hard ground across the ... I lay content beneath the raining
canvas , head propped upon my kit , and gazed through the tent flap down past ...
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