Every single example here is bad. You would think that, statistically, someone spewing this much stuff would come up with one evocative phrase. But the figurative language never once manages to be novel or clever or particularly apt. This is like a field guide to telling-not-showing.
Also, some of these phrases get bonus points for improper grammatical construction.
This book, incidentally, is not merely an anthropological or historical artifact. While the copyright date of 1984, it is still in print. Readers are powerless to resist.