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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I awaited him one morning by an olive tree , sheltered from the monsoon wind by
the crater rim . From the desert all around came a great silence , as on an island
where the sea has fallen still . An amethyst sun - bird pierced my eye , and a ...
There is a track up into the crater that crosses the fallen crater wall , and one is
able to drive a vehicle with four - wheel drive to eighty - four hundred feet , where
the forest opens out into a black lava tumulus , with a true montane flora of such ...
way of Embagai Crater , and coming out eventu - ally at Nainokanoka or
Ngorongoro . But this journey , potentially so much more exciting and rewarding
than a shooting safari , had never come about , though Myles and I still talk about
it , and ...
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