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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As the sun sank to the escarpment , the western sky took on a greenish cast , and
the last light of storm caught the whiskers on the pointed lips , the torn flutings of
the ears , the ragged switch of a wet tail on ancient hide . The dead forest , the ...
Buffeted by down - drafts , dodging clouds , the light planes came in over the
deep furrows of the flanks and made tight circles over the sickening vat . In its
brim - stone smokes , dead grays , sulfurous yellows , there was no hint of green ,
I also made tea and boiled two eggs for breakfast , to dispense with fire - mak -
ing in the dawn . As yet I had no energy to think about tomorrow , much less
attempt makeshift re - pairs ; the cool of first light would be time enough for that .
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