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 un -
derstood , and my face was but a blur in his blind eyes , though the eyes were
cold and clear . In a letter dictated a few years ago , Kamande gave a "
description of ...
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
The red and blue beads swinging from his ears stood for sun and water , but now
the sun was out of balance with the rain , and the grass was thin . The Maasai
speak of the benevolent Black God who brings rain , and the malevolent Red
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