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Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
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Apr 16, 2015

it was amazing
bookshelves: read-2015

Beryl Markham was brought to Kenya by her British parents. But her mother could never settle there and left soon home with Beryl's older brother. Beryl was then brought up by her father who let her run free on the farm and no governesses or school could tame the wild Beryl and she was barely seventeen when she married for the first time.

Paula McLain has painted a vivid picture of this strong wild girl who grows up to be just a strong wild woman who defied the social norms for women at the time. She knew the writer Karen Blixen; both women loved Danys Finch Hatton. She was a great racehorse trainer and she loved to fly.

I enjoyed reading this book immensely. I love the movie Out of Africa and it was a great pleasure to read about Beryl Markham and get another insight into the lives of Karen Blixen and Denys Finch Hatton and, of course, get an insight on Beryl herself. In many ways she just had a very tough life, abandon by her mother and later on her father and her two marriages that were portraited in the book were both disastrous. And, the love of her life was she sharing with another woman and their time together was cut short.

I had a hard time reading the ending because I knew how it would end for her and Denys. That's the negative thing about reading a book about real people. You know how it all will end. Also, it was a bit hard to read about her and Denys because in my mind he and Karen have always been a couple since the first time I saw Out of Africa. I loved Beryl and Denys together, but at the same time, I felt that they were betraying Karen. It's tough sometimes to read books.

I received this copy from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review! Thank you!
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Reading Progress

April 16, 2015 – Shelved
April 16, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
April 16, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read-netgalley-edelweiss
July 30, 2015 – Started Reading
July 31, 2015 – Shelved as: read-2015
July 31, 2015 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Murkypoke (new)

Murkypoke I'm looking forward to your review...


Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede Murkypoke wrote: "I'm looking forward to your review..."

Thank you, I will do my best to express how much I enjoyed the book! :D


christopher campbell Sounds good! I might read the book.


Margitte Love your review, Magdalena. Loved this book too.


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