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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13 It was idle to address him, and I stood silent, for my words could not be
understood, and my face was but a blur in his blind eyes, though the eyes were
cold and clear. It is not easy to get to know the Natives. They were quick of
hearing and ...
Straightening up again, black men and white stood stunned beneath a leaden
firmament, awaiting impulse: there was no sound but our own boots on the
cinders. At midday Lengai loomed through the clouds and again vanished. Heat
Moments later we stood exposed in a bowl of sunlight. Buffalo and a solitary
rhino took mute note of us; the world stood still. Flat wet dung raised its
reassuring smell in halos of loud flies. We turned west across wild pasture —
cropped turf, ...
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