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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A mile to the westward, zebra herds moved steadily along the skyline. When the
rain thickened, the pups tumbled down into their den, and the adults gathered in
a pile of matted black and brindle hair to shed the huge tropical downpour.
of leaves and shrubs, while zebra, topi, and wildebeest are grazers; buffalo,
elephant, eland, im- pala, and most other antelope do both. Zebras will eat
standing hay, and wildebeests and kon- gonis half-grown grass, leaving the
newest growth ...
One man sings softly of zebras and lions. "Dong-go-ko gogosala . . ." Zebra,
zebra, running fast . . . The women are out gathering roots and tubers, and also
the silken green nut of the baobab which, pounded on a stone and cooked a little,
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