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 fly with a more pounding beat , and the cacophony of both , departing
carrion , is an ancient sound of Africa , and an inspiring reminder of mortality .
young to look out for and more intelligence to look out with ; it is rare to see a
The zebra did not look diseased , and we searched it for sign of Sonjo ar - rows ,
but there was nothing ; it had merely died . Straightening up again , black men
and white stood stunned beneath a leaden firmament , await - ing impulse : there
He turns to look at us , shaking his head . We circle slowly to - ward the Udahaya
, striking it at midday far downriver . The hunt is over , and we walk bare - foot in
the water , shooting doves and hyrax with the . 22 as we return upstream .
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