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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Then a striped hyena rose out of the rock , a spirit of the gaunt mountain : it turned
its head to fix us with its eye before it withdrew into the shadows . This maned
animal of the night , with its cadaverous flanks and hungry head , is the werewolf
June had turned into July ; one morning we headed south . The winds and days
were much the same , yet the lake has turned from a clear blue to jade , and we
turned a last time to observe it from the southern mountains . From above , the ...
... world stood still . Flat wet dung raised its reassuring smell in halos of loud flies .
We turned west across wild pasture - cropped turf , cab - bage butterflies , and
cloven prints filled with clear rain — that rings the sedge swamp in the pit of the ...
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