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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In its torpor and detachment , the lion sometimes seems the dullest beast in Africa
, but one has only to watch a file of lions setting off on the evening hunt to be
awed anew by the power of this animal . One late afternoon of March , beyond ...
The others watch Maduru go , and Magandula would say that in time they , too ,
will depart , leaving Magawa to the lions . Nangai and Maduru know of a great
rock with red paintings , which in this land may be thousands of years old ; more ...
In the afternoons , we bathe in the river and stand on the cool banks to dry , and
toward twilight almost every night we climb onto the toppled monolith that forms
the roof over the cave , and smoke , and watch the sun go down over Sipunga .
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