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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But the pleasure we took in it was shadowed by the knowledge that the estimated
dis - tance to Koobi Fora was long past , with dark upon us . We stopped for a
conference . At midday , I had felt uneasy about travel in desert country with two ...
I said , as I skipped with agility behind a tree , and peered cautiously past the side
in the direction indicated — for be it known that there is not a more dangerous or
dreaded animal in all Africa . 2 be the most aggressive animal in Africa , much ...
For then some image of that epic Africa of hope and innocence that lay off there
in the blue , the Africa of the ivory hunters , Selous and Neumann , Jim
Sutherland and Kara moja Bell , would no longer lie safe in the past and future
but in the ...
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