West with the Night
Beryl Markham was the first woman to fly solo o ...more
"Did 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 ...more
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 hor ...more
Never mind that when he wrote his comments in a letter to a friend the ellipsis contained some typically misogynistic and fo ...more
Beryl 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.
Growing 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 Night.
Skinning 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 onl...more
You can be assured that this review will in no way be as well written as Beryl Markham's "West with t ...more
2017: So, I did read it again and, as Ernest Hemingway said, "I wish you would get it and read it because it is really a bloody wonderful book." For one thing, unlike some of Hemingway's ...more
(noun; idiomatic) An abundance or overabundance of something; too much of a good thing.
The above perfectly encapsulates my experience of re-reading Beryl Markham's stunning memoir. The only caveat I'd make is that the last part of the definition makes it sound like a bad thing, when in reality the plethora of descriptive and evocative prose to be found within the 294 pages of this book are about as close to reading nirvana as a I am likely to find in my lifetime.
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So Beryl's life in a nutshell: She moved to Kenya at the age of four and grew up in a farm. She became the first licensed female horse breeder in the world! She ...more
I ran on and on, following the barely audible bark of Buller, and the few drops of blood clinging at intervals to the stalks of grass or soaking into the absorbent earth. It was either Buller's blood or the warthog's. Most likely it was both.
Mahadma Ghandi said: Live as though you'll die tomorrow, but learn as though you'll live forever.
After many years I have finaly read this book. And what a joyous experience it was. Reading the author's own thoughts on the big events in her life, reminded me of reading the thoughts of Plato in his The Republic. Written so many thousands of years ago, The Republic still accommodates the spirit and mindset of one of the most influential people of all times. By reading his words, we can still hear a ...more
Really good - interesting and very well written. I admire her pluck more than I did before.
There is some controversy around this book, with some believing it was actually wr ...more
It is probably sacrilege to have read West with the Night and not to have loved it more.
To be fair, when I read the book I could hardly put it down. It was a charmingly written memoir of what must have been an extraordinarily interesting person. Beryl M ...more
I would recommend this book to all my free spirited friends.
After reading about Beryl Markham in Circling the Sun and giving it 5 stars, I'd heard this memoir was even better. Is truth better than fiction, I wondered.
Her memories flowed like sweet wine and many were familiar from reading the other book. The writing is lovely; impressive. But some of the early chapters dragged. It consistently put me to sleep, often right after making me think how perfect the word choices were. I suspect for me at least some of the story got lost amid the beauty ...more
OUTSTANDING and perfectly worded to nuance, beauty, dichotomies, dirt to mountain top reality of her East Anglican Africa (now Kenya farmland /plain prime) of the 1910's, 1920's and early 1930's. Rarely, rarely do you read this depth for physical base fact tied sublimely to the artistic judgment supreme- and not ...more
This book h ...more
It took me a while to get used to the structure – this is a set of discrete stories rather than a chronological narrative – but whe ...more
Some of the chapters were way more exciting than others. But overall the writing is quite impressive, considering she wasn't a professional writer. Things were so different in the time she wrote about! Everything was so new----automobiles, airplanes, telephones.
Beryl Markham grew up in British East Africa (now K ...more
"When you flight, you get a feeling of possession that you couldn't have if you owned all of Africa. You feel that everything you see belongs to you - all the pieces are put together, and the whole is yours; not that you want it, but because, when you're alone in a plane, there's no one to hare it. It's there and it's yours. It makes you feel bigger than you are - closer to being something you've sensed you might be capable of, but never had the courage t ...more
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She continued to be a non-conformist and trailblazer in both her professional and personal lives, marrying several ...more