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 volcano filled the night like a great bell. Over Shombole and the Loita ... And
almost immediately we struck a Maasai cattle track over the ridges to the river of
black sand that winds around the base of the volcano. From the black river, the ...
Nairobi to Manyara, and again in the winter of 1 970, coming from Seronera to
Arusha, I got the pilots to circle the volcano. Buffeted by down- drafts, dodging
clouds, the light planes came in over the deep furrows of the flanks and made
cled by steep walls, and the mystery deepens when a fish eagle plummets to the
springs east of the lake and rises once more against the sky, in its talons a gleam
of unknown life from the volcano. We walked out into the silence of the flats.
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