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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At midday Lengai loomed through the clouds and again vanished . Heat and
silence became one . Adding their silence to the silence , the griffons waited .
owls emerged , and in the growing dark , the white bellies of gazelles flashed
back and ...
Lengai was clear of clouds , and the distance to the lava fan seemed perhaps six
miles . But in the bad light of the night before , we had made camp on the wrong
side of a grid of steep ridges , and between the ridges lay steep bush - choked ...
Buffeted by down - drafts , dodging clouds , the light planes came in over the
deep furrows of the flanks and made tight circles over the sickening vat . In its
brim - stone smokes , dead grays , sulfurous yellows , there was no hint of green ,
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