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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There was a footpath to a point on the peninsula where a Shilluk tended a weir;
from here, in crude dugout canoes, the tribesmen crossed the river to a large
village in a grove of palms. Respecting crocodiles, I did not press to be taken
Taken aback, the dazzled Ophelia flared her ears and blared, but she had
sidestepped, losing the initiative, and now, thrown off course, she swung away
toward the river, trumpeting angrily over her shoulder. From high on the bank
came a ...
The Gidabembe rocks fall to the river edge, two hundred feet below. On the far
side of the river lies low heavy forest, and beyond the forest is acacia savanna
with big trees. Mbulu people have come down off the escarpment to clear
patches of ...
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