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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They have odd ways , granted , like all Arabs , but they stick to their word , and
they stick to their code , like it or not — once I saw half a Samburu in the fork of a
tree here ; he ' d been dragged up by a leopard after the Somali had caught up to
... creatures themselves , hunted mastodonts , gorilla - sized baboons , wild saber
- tusked pigs the size of hippopotami , and wild sheep as large as buffalo , as well
as such animals as the white rhi - noceros , once common on these plains .
Some two hundred thousand were in sight at once , with myriad zebra and the
small Thomson ' s gazelle . Eight wild dogs were hunting new gazelle left hidden
by their mothers in the tussocks ; one snatched a calf out of the grass only yards ...
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