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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From above , the inland sea is seen at its most beautiful , flowing north between
two ramparts of dark mountains into the lost centuries of Abyssinia : on the des -
ert horizon , in a desert light , the lake falls off the world into the sky . And seeing ...
high river bank just beside the falls , which washed away all noises but the clear
notes of for - est birds . Sometimes I climbed the stream above the falls , with its
hidden rock pools and small sandy beaches shaded by figs and tamarind , and ...
head passes a pelican , flapping and sailing on its way to distant water , but here
the thorn wood and dense dusty grass is empty , and as the morning turns to
afternoon , black man and white fall silent . An African landscape full of animals ...
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