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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These first wild lion I had ever seen were stirring , turning their heads without
haste to regard the lights , then vanishing in matched bounds into the dark , one
to each side . I stared at the dusty grass where they had gone , but the night was
North of the Merille the first dromedaries appear , a small herd in the shelter of
the thorns ; their keeper is nowhere to be seen . Far cones jut out of the desert ,
and a group of peaks has a shark - fin appearance , as if swept back by ancient ...
It is said that a leopard will lie silent even when struck by stones hurled at its
hiding place — an act that would bring on a charge from any lion — but should its
burning gaze be met , and it realizes that it has been seen , it will charge at once .
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