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The Tree Where Man Was Born (Paperback)
The Tree Where Man Was Born (Paperback): Peter Matthiessen

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Peter Matthiessen

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Few nature books called 'classic' are as deserving of the appellation as this one, for no one writes about Africa with quite the same insight and enthusiasm as Peter Matthiessen. In the 1960s, the novelist and non-fiction writer Matthiessen travelled several times through East Africa. He wrote about everything he saw and his grasp of people, events, history, science, and conservation is exceptional. From the moment he rides through Sudan in the back of a truck (before Sudan became another example of drought and aid and turmoil) until the slow days spent at an ancient cave in the Maasai Mara, the book re-creates a journey away from Western life and into the world of tribal Africa. With his sympathy for and knowledge of the tribal peoples and the wildlife of Africa, Matthiessen has an uncanny ability to make us see a raw and untouched landscape where only those people who have adapted their lives to the patterns of nature truly belong. This is a place where we are the intruder, and it takes a rare writer to make us see it that way. On separate trips, the American photographer Eliot Porter devoted considerable time to the animals and humans in the same region, capturing their intimate lives. The result, published in 1972, was deservedly celebrated at the time. The intervening decades have seen great changes in the East African game reserves and conservation areas, and in our understanding of the land which has released so many secrets about the origins of humans, but this book remains as a testament of the importance of East Africa. (Kirkus UK)
Peter Matthiessen gives a detailed account of his travels in East Africa from the Sudan, through Uganda and Kenya to Tanzania. He describes the wildlife and the game reserves of the Serengeti, Maasai Mara and the Ngorongoro Crater, and the archaeological sites at Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli in the Rift Valley. During these travels he meets Iain and Oria Douglas-Hamilton, George Adamson and George Schaller, who all dedicated their lives to studying and protecting animals.


Imprint: The Harvill Press
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: October 1972
Authors: Peter Matthiessen
Dimensions: 320 x 250mm (L x W)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 168
ISBN-13: 978-0-00-211838-5
Categories: Promotions
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LSN: 0-00-211838-6
Barcode: 9780002118385

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