The Tree Where Man Was Born

The Tree Where Man Was Born

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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.

Title:The Tree Where Man Was Born
ISBN:9780140239348
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  • Kavita

    American naturalist Peter Matthiessen travelled throughout Africa and wrote three books, of which The Tree Where Man Was Born was the first one. Matthiessen starts his journey in today's South Sudan a...

  • Linda

    I purchased this book in anticipation of a journey to Africa. This chronicle is nonfiction, but it reads with the depth and intensity of poetry. Even though this book was written about the author’s ...

  • Adam

    The Tree Where Man Was Born is a series of belle lettres essays on various aspects of natural history and anthropology in northern Tanzania (with a bit of Ethiopia, Sudan, and Kenya thrown in). It is ...

  • Ryan

    This one's a mixed bag, with long sections describing the ethnology of the various tribes and peoples in places totally obscure to me, which I found tough to follow. Am I glad though, that I did not g...

  • Merilee

    I read this when it first came out - over thirty years ago - and I'm inspired to read it again along with Matthiessen's Snow Leopard. This has absolutely gorgeous photos by Eliot Porter, of Sierra Clu...

  • Dorothy

    This book had languished on my bookshelf for far too long. With the recent death of author Peter Matthiessen, I was reminded of its presence, and, somewhat shamefacedly, took it down and began to read...

  • John Benson

    I had paged through this book of my parents for years. They had a copy of this book that included Elliot Porter's THE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE photographs of East Africa, where I grew up. Many of the pictur...

  • James Frase-White

    In the early 1970's Boston Poet Robbie XII would read his latest love poem to Peter Matthiessen at weekly gatherings at Stone Soup, on Cambridge Street. Rereading this book I understand why he was so ...

  • Nate Jacobsen

    Visceral; like traveling back into pre-history....

  • Jacqui

    I bought this book before I knew who Peter Matthiessen was, namely, one of the greatest nature writers of all time. Because of the book's title, I thought the author would tie present day East Africa ...