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Sukhomvit

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Quoted from Out of Africa by I. Dinensen

"The Somali town lay exposed to all winds and was shadeless and dusty, it must have recalled to the Somali their native deserts. Europeans, who live for a long time, even for several generations, in the same place, cannot reconcile themselves to the complete indifference to the surroundings of their homes, of the nomadic races."

Author wrote about Somali town near Nairobi of Kenya. I am not quite sure on meaning of the 2nd sentence especially bold words. Who are nomadic races here? European or Somali? or both? Thanks
 
  • dojibear

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    English - Northeast US
    Nomadic races must be Somali. "Nomadic" means "moving your home often; not living in the same place".

    The sentence says that Europeans are not nomadic: they live in the same place for a long time.

    "Europeans (who live for a long time, even for several generations, in the same place) cannot reconcile themselves to the complete indifference to the surroundings of their homes of the nomadic races."
     
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