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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To judge from the rapid - ity with which the askaris cocked their rifles , we were
too close ; the beasts took a few steps for - ward . Wet nostrils elevated to the
wind , they wore an aggrieved , lowering expression . There were no handy trees
Because we would have to approach on foot to get close to these strange
elephants , he needed gun support ; Oria would take the pictures . We walked
quickly and quietly down the river road . The elephants were upwind of us , and
before we ...
A sun glint on the moisture at the nostril ; the animal is facing us . The tail does
not move again . We stand there for long seconds , at a loss . Enderlein cannot
get a fair shot in the poor light , and at such close quarters , he does not want a ...
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