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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The sun turned orange in a tawny sky , then luminous in the strange way of
desert suns ; it melted the Bura Galadi Hills on the horizon . At dark , in the
northwest corner of the desert , the cars reached the oasis at North Horr , where a
... into the lost centuries of Abyssinia : on the des - ert horizon , in a desert light ,
the lake falls off the world into the sky . And seeing such splendor as he saw it ,
one regrets that Teleki named so strange a place after a Hapsburg princeling ...
The Irakw tribes , which include the pit - dwelling Mbulu cultivators of the plateaus
behind Lake Manyara , are that obscure group of strange archaic language that
has been tentatively related to those proto - Hamite hunters who were the first to ...
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