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 no great elephant came down the animal trails on the crater side , only a
buffalo that plodded from the crater woods at noon and subsided in a shower of
white egrets into the shallows . Sun and grass : in my shelter , the air was hot .
Between Kilimanjaro and Mt . Meru , off the road that winds around the side of
Ngurdoto Crater , are soft ponds where hippos push and blow , and here vast
beds of floating vegetation , papyrus and pale sky blue petals of nymphea drifting
On foot in Africa , one will have this experience sooner or later , and Thomson ' s
encounter with a buffalo in this region could have described our own : Men were
running on all sides as if the ground had yawned to swallow them up .
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