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 buffalo, on the other hand, turns quickly and is diligent in its pursuit. It is keen
of nose and eye and ear, and like the lion, is very difficult to stop once it attacks,
often persisting in the work of destruction for some time after the object of its rage
The Hadza here are now no less than thirty and a buffalo would feed everyone
for days. Many buffalo, as well as rhino and elephant, live in the forest below
Gidabembe. When Peter asks me if I wish to hunt, I tell him I will think about it.
I am considering a sudden movement, such as flight of my own, when I see a tail
in a thin shaft of light, and the tail tuft in fleeting silhouette, and grunt at Peter, "
Buffalo. " A sun glint on the moisture at the nostril; the animal is facing us. The tail
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