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 was born in New York City in 1927 and had already begun his writing career by the time he graduated from Yale University in 1950. The following year, he was a founder of The Paris Review. Besides At Play in the Fields of the Lord, which was nominated for the National Book Award, he has published six other works of fiction, including Far Tortuga and Raditzer. Mr. Matthiessen's par...moreMore about Peter Matthiessen...