The Tree Where Man Was Born

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Penguin Group USA, 1995 - Nature - 430 pages
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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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Review: The Tree Where Man Was Born (The African Trilogy #1)

User Review  - KarmA1966 - Goodreads

Nature through the eyes of Peter Matthiessen is not the hazy, romantic view observed by a poet, horizontal in a field, flowers in his hair, giving anthropomorphic shapes to the clouds overhead: a hawk ... Read full review

Review: The Tree Where Man Was Born (The African Trilogy #1)

User Review  - Brendan Riley - Goodreads

A wonderful reading experience. Serene, measured, contemplative. A rich narrative that draws from the author's extensive first-hand experience on the ground in East Africa, and considerable background ... Read full review

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Contents

The Tree Where Man Was Born
1
White Highlands
27
Northwest Frontier
55
Copyright

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About the author (1995)

Nature writer and novelist Peter Matthiessen was born in New York City on May 22, 1927. He graduated from Yale University in 1950. He worked as a commercial fisherman and the captain of a charter fishing boat and made several scientific expeditions to Alaska, Peru and New Guinea. He and Harold L. Humes founded the Paris Review, and Matthiessen was its first fiction editor. Matthiessen's nature books include "Wildlife in America," "The Cloud Forest: A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness" and "Under the Mountain Wall." His fiction includes "At Play in the Fields of the Lord," which was made into a movie starring Tom Berenger and was nominated for the National Book Award. Matthiessen's other awards include the John Burroughs Medal and the African Wildlife Leadership Foundation Award.

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