Sand Rivers (The African Trilogy #3)
In late 1979, the writer and naturalist Peter Matthiessen and the wildlife photographer Hugo van Lawick joined a safari into the Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania, one of the largest yet least-known strongholds of wild animals left on earth. Sand Rivers is their beautiful account of a remarkable trip into this quintessential East African wilderness.
Hardcover, 213 pages
Published April 9th 1981 by Viking Adult
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My dad gave me this after I read and loved Douglas A. Chadwick's The Fate of the Elephant. I couldn't help but compare this book to that one, which is actually one of my favorite books. I like Matthiessen's writing--he has some really beautiful and vivid descriptions of Africa's plants, landscapes, and especially of its fauna. I just didn't find the "plot" very compelling. The point was to describe the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania, to let people know what it was like, that it was a last stron...more
Having been a fan of Matthiessen's nonfiction for some time, and having visited the Selous Game Reserve myself several years ago, I was eager to dive into this simple but beautifully-written account of the author's journey there in 1979. I felt myself transported back to the Selous by his gorgeous prose, though I can't say that I was nearly as lucky with my wildlife-viewing as he was (it helps to have a month's worth of tramping around with a former warden).
Peter Matthiessen is the author of more than thirty books and the only writer to win the National Book Award for both non-fiction (The Snow Leopard, in two categories, in 1979 and 1980) and fiction (Shadow Country, in 2008). A co-founder of The Paris Review and a world-renowned naturalist, explorer and activist, he died in April 2014.More about Peter Matthiessen...