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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in expectation of the rains , were turning west dullest beast in Africa , but one has
only to watch again toward the woods . Great herds had gath - a file of lions
setting off on the evening hunt to ered at the Seronera River , where the local
And I turn my head to watch him bellow at the universe . Three months after our
stay at Gidabembe , Peter would write as follows from hospital in Arusha : At dark
, we go with drink onto the rock over the cave and roll a smoke , and stare out ...
In the afternoons , we bathe in the river and stand on the cool banks to dry , and
toward twilight almost every night we climb onto the toppled monolith that forms
the roof over the cave , and smoke , and watch the sun go down over Sipunga .
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