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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Beyond the shadow , spreading away in a haze of sand and golden grass , sun
rays and cloud shadow , lay lion - colored plains that have changed little in
millions of years . Occupation by man ' s ancestors of the Olduvai region at the
edge of ...
Halfway up , big fig trees burst from ledges green softened the short grass , but in
the shadow and crevasses , the bare roots feeling their way of the rain , despite
massed clouds in all the dis down to sustenance one hundred feet below .
regeneration cannot keep pace with the destruc - the cobra shadows of a dead
tree , and glinted on tion , and in lain ' s view , these lovely trees will be a file of
driver ants on the way to raid a termite gone ... Sun and shadow , light and death .
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