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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The Sonjo are a A cold night wind off the Gols whipped the steep walls of Ngata
Kiti , and this wind , by morning , had shifted into the northeast . “ Dry weather
wind , ” Myles muttered , sipping tea at the morning fire . “ Blows the dhows south
The birds were birds of high rock places — swifts , crag martins , the white
Egyptian vulture — riding the drafts and currents . Then a lark came strangely
near before bounding down across the deserts . On the wind this morning I had
heard an ...
And this morning is a soft green morning when death , which never seems
remote in Africa , but hangs about like something half - remembered , might come
almost com - panionably . . . be that as it may , I leave my doubts behind .
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