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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (220 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Matthiessen Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this classic volume, Peter Matthiessen exquisitely combines nature and travel writing to bring East Africa to vivid life. He skillfully and magically portrays the sights, scenes, and people he observed firsthand in several trips over the course of a dozen years: the daily lives of herdsmen and hunter-gatherers; the drama of the predator kills; the hundreds of exotic animals; the breathtaking landscapes; the area’s turbulent natural, political, and social histories; the adventures of the field biologists who pursue and investigate the habits of wild creatures; the anthropologists seeking man’s origins throughout the Rift Valley; and the lonely African, poised between the traditional ways and the conflicting demands of Western culture.

A finalist for the National Book Award when it was released in 1972, this vivid portrait of East Africa remains as fresh and revelatory now as on the day it was first published.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Entwined with...curiosity about the dim past is Mr. Matthiessen’s second and to me more engrossing theme: his observations of the natives, the landscape, the wildlife he encountered....[Eliot Porter’s] sense of composition is flawless...Taken together these two artists have discovered for me an Africa I have never seen or properly appreciated before.”

    Atlantic Monthly

  • “Stunning…The Africa [Matthiessen] evokes is finally timeless, majestic, throbbing with life, indivisible.”

    Saturday Review

  • “Dion Graham’s deep voice adds a poetic quality to the author’s descriptive writing as he talks about watching wild elephants or buffalo. Graham also brings life to Matthiessen’s meetings with Africans and Europeans.”


  • “The lush prose casts its own spell on a landscape observed with awe and inexplicable sadness…[Matthiessen’s] narrative powers are considerable.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Boyd Norton | 8/9/2013

    " The finest book ever written about East Africa. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lucia | 9/27/2012

    " wonderful book about Africa. Despite PM's pretentiousness and mild racism I love his writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elza | 6/13/2012

    " I always enjoy what I read by Peter Matthiessen, this one especially because I love Africa. Great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Divya | 5/28/2012

    " One of the best ever books I have read. "

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