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.
Results 1-3 of 38
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
The eighth of February was a day of low still clouds, waxy gray with the weight of
rain. On the plain, the herd animals were restless, and the gnu, crazy-tailed, fled
to the four winds, maddened by life. At Naabi Hill, the eastern portal of the ...
white clouds cross the black thunderhead behind Naisera; lightning came, and a
drum of rain on the hard ground across the valley. On the taut skin of Africa rain
can be heard two miles away. Bird calls rang against Naisera's walls, which on ...
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ljhliesl - LibraryThing
I saw this title in my goodreads feed because a goodsreads-only acquaintance added it her to-read list without commentary. I immediately requested it from the library. Most of the books I read before ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - satyridae - LibraryThing
Lovely prose, absolutely gorgeous words. Why did I have to stumble over this? Why did no one ever say to me, "Hey, you read all that nature stuff, there's this guy you positively have to read!" I ... Read full review
The Tree Where Man Was Born
7 other sections not shown