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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And when the wounded lion knows it must break out of that circle , and charges ,
and gets one of them down , he just curls up under that buffalo - hide shield . The
others are in there so quick that he ' s up a second later . I saw two lions killed ...
We descended the steep bank under the camp and made our way downriver to
the hide . The herd was busy at the pool , but I disliked our position very much .
The animals were cut off ; their only escape was straight back down the river past
We descend quietly , watched from hiding by the inhabitants . This place is
Sangwe , Maduru whispers , and eight Hadza live here . They are very shy and
hide behind the huts , though they have recognized Maduru , and been greeted .
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