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 short rains had failed entirely and the cow gnu or wildebeest, lacking milk,
abandoned many of the calves; the following year there were no calves at all. But
herd animals are adapted to calamities, and by the winter of 1969, when I ...
In their search for new growth, wildebeest are often seen trooping steadfastly
over arid country toward distant thunderstorms, which bring a flush of green to the
parched landscapes. Some two hundred thousand were in sight at once, with ...
Zebra, impala, and wildebeest are all shy and scarce, and a wildebeest bull
struck at long range fails to come down. The day is dry and very hot, and much of
this landscape south and west of the Sipunga has been burned by the Mangati;
on a ...
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