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West with the Night by Beryl Markham
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May 15, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: very-favorite
Recommended for: adults
I own a copy

Daring and tough, Beryl Markham bore much, loved hard, and wrote beautifully about a life worth emulating. She was the person Hemingway made himself out to be and whom, in my rare best moments, I aspire to follow. This is The book to give your daughter, when she's old enough.
postscript: Wow, I discover now, that Hemingway was a contemporary and admired her. Did I read that, long ago and subconsciously remember it?

‎...adding a note to an old favorite. It's inspiring to find that there are people like this, still. The note is a discovery she had a ghost writer which makes me sad. Does it change the book? Of course not. Does it change her? Obviously. The deeds are the same, but surely the personality recedes behind a veil of the author's translation. Can you fall for someone utterly and then find you don't really know them? I guess I did. She never said she was perfect: still smitten.

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