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African Silences is a powerful and sobering account of the cataclysmic depredation of the African landscape and its wildlife. In this critically acclaimed work Peter Matthiessen explores new terrain on a continent he has written about in two previous books, A Tree Where Man Was Born -- nominated for the National Book Award -- and Sand Rivers.
Through his eyes we see elephants, white rhinos, gorillas, and other endangered creatures of the wild. We share the drama of the journeys themselves, including a hazardous crossing of the continent in a light plane. And along the way, we learn of the human lives oppressed by bankrupt political regimes and economies, and threatened by the slow ecological catastrophe to which they have only begun to awaken.read more
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.read more
Matthiessen traveled in central and west Africa in 1961 and writes about what is vanishing from this wonderful continent - elephants, rhinos, gorillas. This is a worthwhile read to gain perspective on what we continue to lose decades later.read more
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A superb vicarious experience of Africa that provides a dazzling, if dismaying, report on the state of the environment. Map. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved