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 two days passed in Malakal , awaiting a ride south , I spent mostly on a long
peninsula which cut off a swamp along the Nile edge . There was a footpath to a
point on the peninsula where a Shilluk tended a weir ; from here , in crude ...
One day we passed a small man with a bow , sitting on a rock by a small pool .
Two weeks later , when we came back through , he was still there ; he hadn ' t
moved He ' d got one zebra in the interim . ” According to Myles , the wild Tindiga
Soon it passed over a great silent valley . “ That ' s the Yaida , ” Turner told me . “
That ' s where those Bushman people are , the Watindiga . ” Down there in that
arid and inhospitable stillness , cut off from a changing Africa by the ramparts of ...
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