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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We soon set our eyes upon the dreaded warriors that had been so long the
subject of my waking dreams , and I could not but involuntarily exclaim , “ What
splendid fellows ! ' as I surveyed a band of the most peculiar race of men to be
found in ...
Soon the silence is intensified by a shy birdsong , incomplete , like a child ' s
question gone unanswered . The bird sings again , waits , sings again . Bees
come and go . Soon Mugunga reappears . The beast will not be chivvied out of
Soon the cricket stops its singing , and after a silence there is birdsong , the bell
note of the slate - colored boubou , the doves and turacos , a hornbill . At sun - up
comes an electric screeching that signals the passage of swift petal - colored ...
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