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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One day we came upon a Thomson's gazelle, dead of disease, that the carrion-
eaters had not yet located, and also a young Grant's gazelle that must have been
taken by the two huge lappet- faced vultures that we drove away, for the kill was ...
At twilight one late afternoon near the drowned forest, a herd of elephants fed on
mats of dead typha sedge blown over from the far side of the lake. The animals
waded to their chests in the greasy waves, trunks coiling in and out, ears blowing.
To my touch, his afflicted flesh feels rubbery and dead. Once Mutu walked as far
east as Mbulu, where he came by his disease. "Things like this" — and he flicks
his ruined flesh, contemptuous, lip curling around a villainous old mouthful of ...
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