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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Few forests are so beautiful , so silent , and here the silence is intensified by the
apprehended presence of wild beasts ... Because these creatures are so scarce
and shy , the forest paths can be walked in peace ; the only fierce animal I saw ...
In the ground - water forest , a green monitor lizard , four feet long , crosses a
brook , and the speckled Charaxes butterflies flicker through the shades . In an
open glade a fastidious impala lifts its hind leg to shed big drops of rain . At day ...
Podocarpus belongs to a primitive group of conifers related to the yews and , with
the East African cedar , forms forests of ... and one is able to drive a vehicle with
four - wheel drive to eighty - four hundred feet , where the forest opens out into a
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