West With the Night

West With the Night

Book - 1983
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West with the Night is the story of Beryl Markham--aviator, racehorse trainer, beauty--and her life in the Kenya of the 1920s and '30s.
Publisher: San Francisco : North Point Press, 1983.
ISBN: 9780865471184
Branch Call Number: 629.13/MARK
Characteristics: 293 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jan 23, 2021

The text of the e-book is not congruent with the text of the audiobook narrated by Julie Christie. The fate of the leopard that dragged Buller, the dog of the author, from the hut where he and she were sleeping, is not discussed in the e-book, but is discussed in the audiobook. There are perhaps other differences.

Aug 10, 2020

I’m so glad I came across this book. It reads like poetry, telling a fascinating story of an independent, talented woman growing up in Africa, learning to train thoroughbred horses, fly planes in the African back bush while leading safaris and becoming the first person to cross the Atlantic from England to New York. Beryl Markham’s life story makes for a fabulous read

Jun 01, 2020

I enjoyed the book very much and had a lot of admiration for what she did in her life. However, I wish the author had provided more dates & details.

Jan 10, 2020

Beryl Markham’s British family moved to Africa at the turn of the 20th century. A white girl, she grew up as familiar with the native tribal culture as her own British heritage. She was one of the first women to train race horses there, and was highly successful at it. She was one of the first female aircraft pilots, and the first woman to fly across the Atlantic on the more difficult east-to-west route. And she was a superlative writer. Now, any one of those things would be enough to make for a good book, but West With the Night gives you all of that and more, and this autobiography has the additional fascination of being a true story.

Sep 02, 2019

I too got this because of having read Circling the Sun, but Markham wanders off into elaborate descriptions and away from the storyline. Didn’t hold my interest.

Jun 14, 2019

What a lot of spoiled people!!

Jun 07, 2018

I read this book when it first came out. It’s heautifully written and I highly recommend for teens and adults. Meryl Markham was a wonderful pioneer.

Jun 06, 2018

Beautifully, beautifully written. This is a book to share the author's feelings and impressions of her adventuresome life, mostly in east Africa as it transitioned into the 20th Century. It is not a detailed recounting of biographical facts.

Apr 07, 2018

Aviatrix Beryl Markham's beautifully crafted memoir recounts an unconventional life, passionately lived, as a race horse trainer and pilot in 1920's,'30's Kenya. She is best known
as the first pilot to successfully fly solo west across the Atlantic. Paula McClain's fictionalized
biography,"Circling the Sun" ( which I also read) felt anemic in comparison.

Jan 14, 2018

Autobiography of aviatrix who grew up in colonial East Africa, telling tales of youth and culminating in a recounting of her solo westward flight across the North Atlantic, the first such flight. Remarkable book.

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