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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On our right hand , the ridge dropped sheer into the black ravine ; to the left , one
would roll and bounce all the way to the ... It was late morning , with the steepest
rock of the volcano summit still to go , and already I was reduced to hands and ...
One bright day of August I went south from Nai - robi on the road that crosses the
Ngong Hills and descends through ever drier country , passing the site of hand -
axe man at Olorgesaille , and wind - ing down out of the hills to the magadi or ...
Soon he presents a bowl of water in which the right hand is to be dipped and
rinsed prior to eating , because here in the cave our posho , or ration , is eaten
from a common bowl . The Moslem washing of one hand comes up from the
coast by ...
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