West with the Night



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Born in England Beryl Clutterbuck Markham moved to a farm near the Great Rift Valley in Kenya then British East Africa with her family when she was four years old She spent an adventurous childhood among West with PDF/EPUB ² native Africans and became the first licensed female horse trainer in KenyaShe continued to be a non conformist and trailblazer in both her professional and personal lives marrying several.

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  • Paperback
  • 294 pages
  • West with the Night
  • Beryl Markham
  • English
  • 23 March 2016
  • 9780865471184

10 thoughts on “West with the Night

  1. says:

    ”Being alone in an aeroplane for even a short a time as a night and a day irrevocably alone with nothing to observe but your instruments and your own hands in semi darkness nothing to contemplate but the size of your small courage nothing to wonder about but the beliefs the faces and the hopes rooted in your mind such an experience can be as startling as the first awareness of a stranger walking by your side at night You are the stranger” Beryl Markham was the first woman to fly solo over the Atlantic going East to West She made it to the coast of Nova Scotia by the skin of her teeth Ice had clogged the air intake to her last fuel tank greatly reducing the amount of fuel getting to the carburetor The Vega Gull’s engine kept dying She kept nursing it back to life until finally the coast appears She crash landed without killing herself and put herself in the record books She grew up in Kenya and always wanted to do what the boys were doing She had a native boy who was a close friend This association allowed her to learn the ways of the tribe She has to be one of the few white girls from that period of time or any period of time who was allowed to go on hunts with the men ”So there are many Africas There are as many Africas as there are books about Africa and as many books about it as you could read in a leisurely lifetime Whoever writes a new one can afford a certain complacency in the knowledge that his is a new picture agreeing with no one else’s but likely to be haughtily disagreed with by all those who believe in some other Africa”There are a lot of factors in how people experience a place As travellers it might rain the whole time you are somewhere or you might have one rude experience with a waiter Paris and I should have knocked the bastard on his doughy fat ass or you might be experiencing the final days of a doomed love affair On the other hand the weather might be sunny and breezy or you might have an amazing hour with a knowledgeable art curator or you might find new love All of those factors can certainly color our perceptions of a place When you live anywhere for an extended period of time like Beryl did in Kenya you have a better chance of experiencing a true KenyaBut then there is a difference growing up an English privileged rose who has horses and all that her heart desires compared to say a young black Kenyan woman who might have a completely different experience growing up in Africa Beryl made one generalization about a local tribe that smacked of the imperial colonial view of a local population But physically the Kikuyu are the least impressive of all It may be because they are primarily agriculturists and generations of looking to the earth for the livelihood have dulled what fire there might once have been in their eyes and what will to excel might have been in their hearts They have lost inspiration for beauty They are a hardworking people from the viewpoint of Empire a docile and therefore a useful people Their character is constant even strong but it is lustreless I have a friend who happens to be a Kenyan from the Kikuyu tribe I shared this uote with her and she had a few opinions about the description ”The wench that was my favorite yet another ignorant white privileged bourgeois colonial story which paints a pretty picture of the land but knows next to jack shit about the locals Only what they saw in passing I would gladly tell the dead colonial to stick to horses and planes But really? We lost our spark because of the earth? We killed for that land We shed blood and tears for it Most of it white And we continue to struggle for it To buy our own to raise our children on And what did she mean lost our spark? We don't have diamond eyes Or wear contacts Or have eyes that shine like the ocean blue eyes of a Victorian damsel who wouldn’t know dust if it drowned them See? And my thoughts are a lot less polite” Mwanamali Mari Yes I know I’m a pot stirrer I probably missed my calling as a journalist Of course all of us know that when we make a generalized statement about a culture or a people we leave ourselves susceptible to criticism The point is during this period of time in the pre world war two era especially books are rife with irritatingly simplistic condescending statements about native population This was the only one I caught Mwanamali reading this book might catch even than the one that I did but in her defense Beryl did love many native Kenyans that she met and worked with over the decades of her life Her father experienced some financial difficulties due to a lack of rainsomething being the son of a farmer that I’m very familiar with Beryl as a teenager became a horse trainer and did well It was a boy’s club of course so it took longer than it should for her to get the business she deserved but then Beryl was not unfamiliar with being at a disadvantage from the moment she came out of the womba girl There was this great moment in the book where a filly called Wise Child that Beryl had resurrected from the dead races against the top stallion in the racing world at the time She did such a great job setting the scene and then describing the race that I felt like I was as invested in the outcome of that race as Beryl I had tears in my eyesMarkham is a lyrical writer whether she is describing horses planes landscape or even the process of writing ”Silence is never so impenetrable as when the whisper of steel on paper strives to pierce it I sit in a labyrinth of solitude jabbing at its bulwarks with the point of a pen jabbing jabbing”I did have a moment of real doubt when Beryl took a job flying big game hunters into the wilds of Kenya to shoot elephants The money was really good but there is something soulless about shooting elephants She even said ”It is absurd for a man to kill an elephant It is not brutal it is not heroic and certainly it is not easy; it is just one of the preposterous things that men do” You may not pull the trigger but if you are helping these hunters find their prey via an airplane you are as responsible for the death of the elephant as the men who fire the bullet She had some wonderful inspiring descriptions of how smart the elephants were and how many times they would fool the hunters Those stories confirmed me in my belief that elephants are intelligent sacred animals and should be left in peace So why do some people feel so driven to hunt these beautiful animals or put themselves in other death defying situations? One of the Kenyan guides remarked to Markham ”White men pay for danger we poor cannot afford it”It kind of makes it all sound fake Men trying to prove themselves in manufactured situations I did have some issues with Beryl but I also found her to be a groundbreaker and certainly a woman whom other women can look up to She took on men toe to toe and proved she could compete with them whether it be on the horse track in the air or in the bedroom She was friends with Karen Blixen better known by her pen name of Isak Dinesen She was such good friends with her that she even shared a man with her by the name of Denys Finch Hatton an adventurer and hunter The interesting thing about this book is that her love life has been carefully kept off screen Markham was notorious for her marriages and her affairs She was attractive to men and she was attracted to men Her love life fits with the way she lived her whole life as free as any man and so than most Straight on till morning”No map I have flown by has ever been lost or thrown away; I have a trunk containing continents” The world was hers If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

  2. says:

    This letter from Ernest Hemingway to Maxwell Perkins in 1942 sums up the book better than I ever couldDid you read Beryl Markham's book West with the Night? I knew her fairly well in Africa and never would have suspected that she could and would put pen to paper except to write in her flyer's log book As it is she has written so well and marvelously well that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer I felt that I was simply a carpenter with words picking up whatever was furnished on the job and nailing them together and sometimes making an okay pig pen But she can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves writers The only parts of it that I know about personally on account of having been there at the time and heard the other people's stories are absolutely true I wish you would get it and read it because it is really a bloody wonderful book Ernest HemingwayHemingway almost NEVER sang the praises of other writers especially not his contemporaries As result his acclaim for Markham's work can be seen as high praise indeed I've read this book twice and it truly is a wonderful read Her writing is beautiful and seems nearly effortless There is however uite a bit of controversy surrounding this book and its authorship Some scholars believe that Markham did not actually write the book that it was acutally penned by Raoul Schumacher a scriptwriter and acuaintance of Markham's Either way the point is moot this truly is a bloody wonderful bookOne item of note notice the ellipsis in the last sentence of Hemingway's letter I looked it up online to see if anything significant was omitted The answer is YES in this part of the letter Hemingway describes Markham as being a supreme bitch

  3. says:

    I do not read many autobiographies but when I do I seem to hit the jackpot West with the Night is the memoir of amazing Beryl Markham In case you did not know I didn’t she was the first solo female to fly the Atlantic from East to West Beryl was an English woman who grew up in Kenya together with his father on a farm She was raised among Masai warriors learned to hunt with a spear and to understand animals Her first major passion were horses not flying At 18 she was the first woman horse trainer in Africa As you can see she had an extraordinary exciting life one we cannot even comprehend but we can learn so much from reading about Africa for her was home and her love for the continent is obvious from the poetic praise and the emotion she manages to transmit whenever she writes about the subject Africa is mystic; it is wild; it is a sweltering inferno; it is a photographer’s paradise a hunter’s Valhalla an escapist’s Utopia It is what you will and it withstands all interpretations It is the last vestige of a dead world or the cradle of a shiny new one To a lot of people as to myself it is just ‘home’ It is all these things but one thing — it is never dullBeryl was a person who did not like to hold still she felt the need to change and to find new provocations She starts flying with the help of a friend and after she buys a plane she uses her new hobby as a mean for living giving up on horses At some point Africa becomes too small for her and decides that it was time for her to go back to her place of birth England Africa is never the same to anyone who leaves it and returns again It is not a land of change but it is a land of moods and its moods are numberless It is not fickle but because it has mothered not only men but races and cradled not only cities but civilizations — and seen them die and seen new ones born again — Africa can be dispassionate indifferent warm or cynical replete with the weariness of too much wisdomI was enticed by her adventures but also by her extraordinary writing skills Some chapters really warmed me inside with the poetry sage and beautiful insights The chapters written from a horse point of view will always remain in my memory I highly recommend this book to anyone it is literature and autobiography in the same time a story of Africa and a story of the beauty and loneliness of flying

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    I feel honoured and privileged to have had the opportunity to read this remarkable memoir Beryl Markham’s story is outstanding enough by itself What makes this memoir even spectacular is the writing On the cover is a uote from Ernest Hemingway “Markham can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves as writers It really is a bloody wonderful book”Never mind that when he wrote his comments in a letter to a friend the ellipsis contained some typically misogynistic and foul references to Beryl Markham as a woman the bare fact of his accolade is perhaps even powerful because of it wrung out of his wrinkled heart through a mangle stronger than his biasUnder the authentic and authoritative voice of Ms Markham’s prose Africa in all its splendor and terror came alive for me in a way that set me down into its myriad contrasts and changes and variances both heart and soul I can’t think of a way I could possibly read this book without feeling completely that I was there and witnessing it all at first hand – living it myselfThis memoir is now historical of course and as happens with much of history there was no such thing as political correctness Even though there was one aspect involving Ms Markham’s flying career that is now so obviously illegal back then it wasn’t; and I am certainly not about to flog the flyers of the day for actions taken in a context where it was normal and even desirable at the time There were times while reading this novel that I was moved to tears; there were even times where I was enraptured by sheer undiluted wonder Ms Markham arrived in Africa when she was 4 years old and as she grew up some of her oldest friends were the African children she played with and learned from and even went hunting with She accomplished adult feats in her first few years of life in Africa than most people could claim in a lifetime The sense of wonder doesn’t end there for this woman led an astonishing life of adventure and achievement unparalleled at the time – and possibly for all timeThis story is one of the best most absorbing reads I have had the good fortune to encounter This is a book to be experienced and savouredSome food for thought “Nairobi has a frontier cut to its clothes and wears a broad brimmed hat but it tends an English garden; it nurtures the shoots of custom grafted from the old tree It dresses for dinner passes its port wine clockwise and loves a horse race”“I could never tell where inspiration begins and impulse leaves off I suppose the answer is in the outcome If your hunch proves a good one you are inspired; if it proves bad you are guilty of yielding to thoughtless impulse”“And his were solemn dreams They were solemn dreams and in time he made them live Tom Black is not a name that ever groped for glory in a headline or shouldered other names aside for space to strut in It can be found in the drier lists of men who figured flights in terms of hours or days instead of column inches” “If a man has any greatness in him it comes to light not in one flamboyant hour but in the ledger of his daily work” Tom Black was her flying teacher her mentor and her friend right through until his death“I am incapable of a profound remark on the workings of destiny It seems to get up early and then go to bed very late and it acts most generously toward the people who nudge it off the road whenever they meet it”“A word grows to a thought – a thought to an idea – an idea to an act The change is slow and the Present is a sluggish traveller loafing in the path Tomorrow wants to take”

  5. says:

    Africa was the breath and life of my childhood It is still the host of all my darkest fears the cradle of mysteries always intriguing but never wholly solved It is the remembrance of sunlight and green hills cool water and the yellow warmth of bright mornings It is as ruthless as any sea uncompromising than its own deserts It is without temperance in its harshness or in its favours It yields nothing offering much to men of all racesI cannot help but liken this alluring memoir to a love story – a romance of sorts between Beryl Markham and Africa – its landscape its people its dangers and its wonders Probably like most readers I’d first learned of Markham from Paula McLain’s fictional work Circling the Sun I was so inspired by her character in that one that I knew I’d have to read this one someday I have to admit I put it off for nearly four years I wasn’t uite sure it would measure up to my expectations I mean Markham was an adventuress – a wild child a horse trainer a pilot How could she possibly write an engaging memoir? Well she did that and Not only did the descriptions of her life and of Africa hold me spellbound I was completely intoxicated by the beautiful prose She spoke of her childhood living on her father’s farm in Njoro in what is now known as Kenya She learned to hunt with the Nandi boys and men She kept a trusty dog Buller by her side He was there through thick and thin I had to gasp at many of the perilous encounters and close calls she narrates Elephants horses birds warthogs and lions – she speaks of all creatures with such elouence The distant roar of a waking lion rolls against the stillness of the night and we listen It is the voice of Africa bringing memories that do not exist in our minds or in our hearts — perhaps not even in our blood It is out of time but it is there and it spans a chasm whose other side we cannot seeI’ve been on a horse only on rare occasions but Markham’s admiration for this noble creature is contagious She strikes out on her own to train race horses after her father’s farm fails and he uits Africa for Peru What courage this young woman must have had to gallop away on her Pegasus from all she’d known since the age of four to a place where she must start anew It is while living in Molo that she will later embrace a new passion – flying The dooryard of Nairobi falls into the Athi Plains One night I stood there and watched an aeroplane invade the stronghold of the stars It flew high; it blotted some of them out; it trembled their flames like a hand swept over a company of candles Thus began a new love affair with the airplane Speaking of love affairs you will not glean much from this memoir While Markham may mention these men often with fondness we don’t really get any juicy tidbits in that department You’ll have to look elsewhere for that gossip You can assume from her writing and from a little research that Tom Black was one of these lovers however Under the training of Tom Black Markham earned her ‘B’ license allowing her to make a career of her latest obsession I was amazed at all she accomplished Apparently she was the only female pilot in Africa at the time from aiding safaris to making medical emergency runs and everything in between Eventually she became the first person to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean solo from west to east thus the title of this memoir What a tremendous life she led I’ll admit that there are naturally portions of her story that she did not touch on I could not deem her perfect yet my admiration for her joy for living and risk taking is uite genuine I’d recommend this memoir to anyone that loves gorgeous writing Africa and strong daring women Beryl Markham will teach you to make the very most out of your dreams and opportunities I learned what every dreaming child needs to know — that no horizon is so far that you cannot get above it or beyond it

  6. says:

    This memoir was so lovingly written that I'm going to have to reread it to fully appreciate itBeryl Markham was born in England but moved to Kenya with her family when she was 4 She has amazing stories about surviving a lion attack becoming a bush pilot training racehorses and flying solo across the Atlantic and she flew the difficult way from east to west against the wind She is my favorite kind of woman to read about she's tough and adventurous but also romantic and sentimental I listened to this on audio which was narrated well by Anna Fields I also enjoyed her audio performance of Ann Patchett's Bel Canto but Markham's prose was so lovely that I wish I had read this in print lingering over the paragraphs and pages Some of the long stories were occasionally confusing and I think it would have been easier to follow with a print copyI don't recall how Beryl Markham first got on my radar but suddenly she was hugely popular thanks to the new historical novel Circling the Sun by Paula McLain I wanted to read Markham's own book first before checking out the fictional version and I'm glad I did Highly recommended especially for those who like traveladventure memoirs or stories about AfricaFavorite uotesTo see ten thousand animals untamed and not branded with the symbols of human commerce is like scaling an unconuered mountain for the first time or like finding a forest without roads or footpaths or the blemish of an axe You know then what you had always been told that the world once lived and grew without adding machines and newsprint and brick walled streets and the tyranny of clocksWe fly but we have not 'conuered' the air Nature presides in all her dignity permitting us the study and the use of such of her forces as we may understand It is when we presume to intimacy having been granted only tolerance that the harsh stick fall across our impudent knuckles and we rub the pain staring upward startled by our ignorance To an eagle or to an owl or to a rabbit man must seem a masterful and yet a forlorn animal; he has but two friends In his almost universal unpopularity he points out with pride that these two are the dog and the horse He believes with an innocence peculiar to himself that they are eually proud of this alleged confraternity He says 'Look at my two noble friends they are dumb but they are loyal' I have for years suspected that they are only tolerantThere are as many Africas as there are books about Africa and as many books about it as you could read in a leisurely lifetime Whoever writes a new one can afford a certain complacency in the knowledge that his is a new picture agreeing with no one else's but likely to be haugthily disagreed with by all those who believed in some other Africa Being thus all things to all authors it follows I suppose that Africa must be all things to all readers Africa is mystic; it is wild; it is a sweltering inferno; it is a photographer's paradise a hunter's Valhalla an escapist's Utopia It is what you will and it withstands all interpretations It is the last vestige of a dead world or the cradle of a shiny new one To a lot of people as to myself it is just 'home

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    I was very pleasantly surprised at the magical prose and window into worlds of East Africa provided by this memoir Markham is an interesting historical figure for her achievements in aviation and adventuring For example she was the first female bush pilot in the continent the first woman to complete an East to West nonstop crossing of the Atlantic ending into a near crash landing in Cape Breton and a legendary race horse trainer And she was a bit of a celebrity among the glitterati that set down or passed through Naibobi in her time a circle that included the famous Swedish safari hunter Baron Blixen and his wife Karen who wrote “Out of Africa” under the name Dinesen I understand that about these connections is to be found in Maclean’s “Circling the Sun” This book is on the line of essays that showcase Markham’s skills in portraying her developing vision on life as shaped by her growing up and early adulthood in British East Africa now Kenya The book is looking out rather than looking inward typical of true autobiography There is nothing on her love life and little in the way of details on her family schooling or usual troubles with growing up Instead the book seems as if it was written to address these issues Why she likes the wilderness of nature in Africa Why she loves the African people Why she loves horses Why she loves flyingWithin the framework of that structure it’s wonderful Somehow she is a natural at storytelling pacing and lyricism without purple patches all without the benefit or corrupting influences of an MFA program that writers are nurtured on these days She grew up at a fairly remote horse farm managed by her father with no one but tribal children to play with members of the Nandi and Masai peoples In growing subsistence gardens the encounters with serious wildlife on their land such as lions and elephants made it clear how tenuous the invasion of civilization from the edges into the heart of the continent was at the time Crops easily getting trampled by wild beasts is one thing but the description of saving her poor dog from death after it was hauled away by a leopard made a pretty personal and harrowing story In another exciting story she recounts how as a girl of six or so she was mauled by an old lion she got too close to on their property but still felt bad when her heroic father put it down by rifle Here are a couple of choice uotes on the wildness of nature she grew up with You could expect many things of God at night when the campfire burned before the tents You could look through and beyond the veils of scarlet and see shadows of the world as God first made it and hear the voices of the beasts He put there It was a world as old as Time but as new as Creation's hour had left itAfrica is mystic; it is wild; it is a sweltering inferno; it is a photographer's paradise a hunter's Valhalla an escapist's Utopia It is what you will and it withstands all interpretations It is the last vestige of a dead world or the cradle of a shiny new one To a lot of people as to myself it is just 'homeThere are significant sections about horses both in riding and caring for them as a girl and in training them for racing as a young adult after her father moved away due to a serious drought I actually didn’t think there was enough focus on this subject to render a clear picture of what the work really involved Perhaps the topic didn’t fit that well with the themes specific to Africa Much coverage is spent on her relationship with a specific dog Buller possibly a cross between an English sheep dog and a bull terrier A constant companion he showed his mettle on a boar hunt Markham took as a young teen with her Nandi friend Kibii and his father using spears in the traditional way I felt bad about the implications of cruelty in Buller getting terribly ravaged in bringing down a speared boar along with the native’s dogs but dogs were bred and raised for just that purpose so I had to glide over distaste on that score Her ability to read her favorite animals and see their nobility and courage was uplifting Here is her thoughts on their affinity with their obviously competent wild brethren To an eagle or to an owl or to a rabbit man must seem a masterful and yet a forlorn animal; he has but two friends In his almost universal unpopularity he points out with pride that these two are the dog and the horse He believes with an innocence peculiar to himself that they are eually proud of this alleged confraternity He says 'Look at my two noble friends they are dumb but they are loyal' I have for years suspected that they are only tolerantAs a budding bush pilot it was hard for Markham to resist delivering services to wealthy game hunters for their safaris She makes a delightful portrait of a major customer Baron Blixen that touches on the absurdity of his passion infused with admiration on his skills and style no hint of any possible love relationship Thankfully it was an incredibly difficult challenge for hunters to bag a big bull elephant and Markham lets slip some relief that Blixen refrained from a killing shot when days of effort finally brought them close Here is some of her critical thoughts on elephant hunting It is absurd for a man to kill an elephant It is not brutal it is not heroic and certainly it is not easy; it is just one of those preposterous things that men do like putting a dam across a great river one tenth of whose volume could engulf the whole of mankind without disturbing the domestic life of a single catfishI suppose if there were a part of the world in which mastodon still lived somebody would design a new gun and men in their eternal impudence would hunt mastodon as they now hunt elephant Impudence seems to be the word At least David and Goliath were of the same species but to an elephant a man can only be a midge with a deathly stingIt is clear that Markham respects the wisdom and integrity she found in native peoples whom she befriended and learned from At one rare point she touches elouently on the social issues of race relations and colonialism What a child does not know and does not want to know of race and colour and class he learns soon enough as he grows to see each man flipped inexorably into some predestined groove like a penny or a sovereign in a banker's rack Kibii the Nandi boy was my good friend Arab Ruta the same boy grown to manhood who sits before me is my good friend but the handclasp will be shorter the smile will not be so eager on his lips and though the path is for a while the same he will walk behind me now when once in the simplicity of our nonage we walked togetherI sought the book out with a special interest in the flying For conveying the wonderful sense of solo flying in the wilderness her poetic descriptions were marvelous giving me much of the same pleasures I got from Saint Exupery’s superb “Wind Sand and Stars” Her early experiences and bush pilot episodes were pleasurable for me that the later chapter on crossing the Atlantic Here is a sample of some of my favorite passages We swung over the hills and over the town and back again and I saw how a man can be master of a craft and how a craft can be master of an element I saw the alchemy of perspective reduce my world and all my other life to grains in a cup I learned to watch to put my trust in other hands than mine And I learned to wander I learned what every dreaming child needs to know that no horizon is so far that you cannot get above it or beyond it Harmony comes gradually to a pilot and his plane The wing does not want so much to fly true as to tug at the hands that guide it; the ship would rather hunt the wind than lay her nose to the horizon far ahead She has a derelict uality in her character; she toys with freedom and hints at liberationLike night the desert is boundless comfortless and infinite Like night it intrigues the mind and leads it to futility When you have flown halfway across a desert you experience the desperation of a sleepless man waiting for dawn which only comes when the importance of it's coming is lost You fly forever weary with an invariable scene and when you are at last released from its monotony you remember nothing of it because there was nothing thereThere is some debate on how much her editor husband contributed to the writing but her biographer reportedly defended the view of her as the true author see Wiki When it was published in 1942 it received little attention but later praise by Hemingway let to its rediscovery and a well attended second publication in 1983 So glad it came to my attention Now I have a good perspective to approach the fiction of “Circling the Sun”

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    45 Stars After reading Paula McLain's Circling The Sun I could not wait to read about the adventurous life of Beryl MarkhamGrowing up in Kenya this amazing and fearless lady was not only a wild animal hunter horse trainer and accomplished pilot she was also a great story teller and writer IMHO as evidenced in West With The NightSkinning animals running with the native hunting parties for wild boar surviving a baboon attack in her room and a near death encounter with a lion are only some of the extraordinary stories you will find in this memoir And while I had hoped to learn about the true facts of Beryl's relationship with Denys Finch Hatton the data is disappointingly not included here which will probably take me to yet another Markham novel in the near futureExcellent Read as for the rumors re BM not actually writing this memoirIGNORED

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    425 stars English hardcover I have dyslexia What a lady what an adventures in Kenya in the 20 30 s One of my favoutite lady's in history When I was in the libary someone hand me a copy of this book An older man I think you have to read this novel And surely it was 😀🦋🌹🌷

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    “To see ten thousand animals untamed and not branded with the symbols of human commerce is like scaling an unconuered mountain for the first time or like finding a forest without roads or footpaths or the blemish of an axe You know then what you had always been told that the world once lived and grew without adding machines and newsprint and brick walled streets and the tyranny of clocks”You can be assured that this review will in no way be as well written as Beryl Markham's West with the Night Markham was one hell of a woman yet her story seems to have been lost to history Born in England but raised by her father in Africa she never stepped back from a challenge and relished opportunities to look fear in the eye and have fear blink first She was one of the first African bush pilots the first racehorse trainer in the continent and later the first person to fly non stop east to west from England to North America And yet I'd never heard of her until I read Paula McClain's excellent Circling the Sun last year In addition to her many other talents the woman can write Hemingway famously praised this book by writing to a friend Did you read Beryl Markham's book West with the Night? She has written so well and marvelously well that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer I felt that I was simply a carpenter with words picking up whatever was furnished on the job and nailing them together and sometimes making an okay pig penIn this memoir Markham invites us to experience certain episodes of her life note it's not a chronological or complete memoir by any stretch The writing is so evocative we are there with her in the air gripping the controls as her plane shakes back and forth in stormy turbulence; our hearts race with hers as she and her childhood companions move past a lion that has crossed their path; and we are jumping up and down in the stands in the final lap of a horse race Markham's writing is meant to be savored Slow reading is a must for this book Skimming will make your mind wander and leave you unsatisfied 45 stars

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