The Tree Where Man Was Born

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On the great East African plain it is the human who feels himself the intruder. Here, and perhaps only here, the world is that of the animals. It is they who belong, as humans do not. In the more sensitive traveler this evokes a feeling of being privileged to observe ancient forms, settings and behavior that have survived intact from pre-history.

"Matthiessen has the language to express this feeling of awe...Matthiessen also goes into the relationships between humans past and present in East Africa's great fauna ...

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Overview

On the great East African plain it is the human who feels himself the intruder. Here, and perhaps only here, the world is that of the animals. It is they who belong, as humans do not. In the more sensitive traveler this evokes a feeling of being privileged to observe ancient forms, settings and behavior that have survived intact from pre-history.

"Matthiessen has the language to express this feeling of awe...Matthiessen also goes into the relationships between humans past and present in East Africa's great fauna with many a flash of insight into the instincts each has bred in the other...This is the Africa book par excellence." (Saturday Review)

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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These dual Matthiessens, which launch the publisher's new "Nature Classics" line, profile the relationship between humans and nature in East Africa (The Tree, LJ 12/1/72) and in the United States (Wildlife, LJ 1/15/60). The latter volume has been expanded and updated for this edition.
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The idea for this book was to engage a writer and a photographer with the combined talents to create a book unlike any other on the human and natural history of East Africa-one of the world's last splendors and the greatest wildlife spectacle in the world. Usually working apart, and with no attempt to cover exactly the same terrain, Matthiessen and Porter roamed the ancient land of man's origins to create two parallel statements-one in words, the other in pictures-in one enduring book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140239348
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Series: Classic, Nature, Penguin Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Matthiessen was the cofounder of the Paris Review and is the author of numerous works of nonfiction, including In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, Indian Country, and The Snow Leopard, winner of the National Book Award.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Jane Goodall xiii

Author's Note xviii

Maps xx

The Tree Where Man Was Born

I The Tree Where Man Was Born 1

II White Highlands 18

III Northwest Frontier 37

IV Siringet 72

V In Maasai Land 89

VI Rites of Passage 112

VII Elephant Kingdoms 129

VIII Great Caldron Mountains 161

IX Red God 189

X At Gidabembe 208

Notes 255

Glossary 261

Selected Bibliography 263

Index 267

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