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West With the Night

Markham, Beryl

(Book - 1983)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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: B-M343
Characteristics: 293 p. ;,21 cm

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One of National Geographic Explorer's Top 10 Adventure Books, this the story of Beryl Markham--aviator, racehorse trainer, beauty--and her life in the Kenya of the 1920s and '30s.


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Jul 17, 2014
  • BarbiesTomes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great true adventure of a young girl growing up in Africa and how she sets her goals and achieves them. She was either real brave or just tossed caution to the wind.

Jun 11, 2014
  • monicacole rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I think this was a beautifully written book, though at times the writing fringed on being distracting. Through the collection of stories, I began to feel as if I really knew Beryl, and at the end, I was nostalgic with her. I found some of the stories, particularly those about hunting, to be somewhat boring, but it is still a worthwhile read.

Jan 12, 2011
  • jrj9 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I picked this up by chance in a second-hand store, and was about to return it to the shelf when the review on the back caught my eye:

"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 on the job and nailing them together and sometimes making an okay pig pen. But [she] can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves writers. The only parts of it that I know about personally, on account of having been there at the time and heard the other people's stories, are absolutely true . . . I wish you would get it and read it because it is really a bloody wonderful book."--Ernest Hemingway

Needless to say, I bought it, read it, and read it again. Hemingway was many things, but in this, he was not wrong. The least interesting thing I can say about this book is that it's all true.

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