A fascination for- and appreciation of the ""miles and miles of bloody Africa"" and the most untouched terrain of this country sharpen these pieces which are based on four journeys taken through Southern and Eastern Africa. And it is a genuine feeling for the character of the continent, its immensity, its emptiness, its vague sense of menace, its most truly primitive tribes and the superb spectacles of wild animals in their natural surroundings which is self evident here. The gentle giraffe, the gorilla ""a most forgiving ape"", the impala and the hyrax, the elephant with his ""air of quiet inevitability"", the torpid hippopotami, the maribou, wild dogs and buffalos all cross the pages here; there is regret at man's waste of the animal kingdom- and recrimination against the ""poisoned arrow""; there are vivid sketches of little known native tribes, of the changing landscape down the course of the Nile, back of beyond to the isolated salt Lake Rudolf, to various reservations and sanctuaries..... Some of these pieces appeared in somewhat different form in the New Yorker and they have an expected ease along with a fastidious eye for visual detail. Selection by the Book of the Month Club will perhaps widen the appeal, deserved to be sure, for an audience which may seem a little difficult to isolate over and above the recognition value of the author's name.