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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Today the three fishers wore mission shorts who only a few years ago had worn
fish skins or gone naked Hundreds of feet above the lake is a strange old rock
with two parallel lines of thirteen holes in its flat surface , carved for the ancient ...
Somewhere upwind , in the tawny grass , there is a lion . a glowing leopard
stretched full length on a rim of rock , in the flickering sun shade of a fig ; seeing
man , it gathered itself without stirring , and flattened into the stone as it slid from
In the still heat that precedes rain , a skink , striped brown , raised its head out of
the rock as if to sniff the flowers and putrefaction . A variable sunbird , iridescent ,
sipped from a fire - colored leonotis , blurred wings a tiny shadow on the sky ; it ...
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