West With the Night

West With the Night

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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
0865471185
Branch Call Number: 629.13/MARK
Characteristics: 293 p. ; 21 cm.

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Luckybe
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

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MariaMJohnson
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.

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N13m4nd
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.

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matcat44
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.

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kvantrump
Jun 14, 2019

What a lot of spoiled people!!

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clancystein
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.

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mwphelan
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.

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orange_lobster_23
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.

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fred98115
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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DorisWaggoner
Feb 04, 2017

Having read the novel "Circling the Sun" about Markham's life, and "Out of Africa," Isak Dinesen's memoir, in which Markham appears, I was eager to read Markham's own memoir. While she's a wonderful descriptive writer about Africa, the book disappoints. The edition I read has an intro by Sara Wheeler, which points out that Markham doesn't mention any of her three husbands, or her son. A private person, indeed. Dinesen's memoir says that Denys Hatton Finch invited her along on what turned out to be his fatal flight; Markham claims it was her, and never mentions Dinesen at all. But Dinesen's ex, "Blixt" has a prominent role in the elephant hunting section. All this is confusing. Yet Beryl's description of her African childhood rings totally true: barefoot, Swahili as her first language, a pet zebra, taught to hunt by the Native boys, as does her mutual adoration for her horse-trainer father. A completely passionate person, how does she later switch completely from horses to flying? The book feels more like a string of well-written, but too often disconnected, essays than a well put together memoir.

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