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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Vultures run like gimpy thieves , making off over the ground in cantering hops ,
half - turned , with a cringing air , as if clutching something shameful to the stiff
stale feathers of their breast . The marabou , with its raw skull and pallid legs , is ...
The calf , still bouncing desperately , veered back and forth across the paths of
the spurting dogs , and the dog to the eastward snatched it from the air ; the other
two were on it as it struck the ground . of the river crossed the road , a yellow ...
The ratel moves quickly , low to the ground , and in its dealings with man is said
to direct its attack straight at the crotch . Another day , observing hyenas with
Hans Kruuk , I was lucky enough to see a pangolin , which has overlapping
armor on ...
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