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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villages in this area were evacuated , and Savidge and his wife were upset by the
elephant damage to the lovely winter thorn and baobab near park headquarters ;
they wanted an elephant control program set up at once . While their feelings ...
head passes a pelican , flapping and sailing on its way to distant water , but here
the thorn wood and dense dusty grass is empty , and as the morning turns to
afternoon , black man and white fall silent . An African landscape full of animals ...
Soon the young hunters , returning homeward , come in single file between the
trees , skins black against black silhouetted thorn . One has an mbira , and in
wistful monotony , in hesitation step , the naked forms with their small bows pass
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