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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.
Authors: Markham, Beryl
Title: West with the night
Publisher: San Francisco :, North Point Press,, 1983
Characteristics: 293 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Beryl Markham
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: Boston : Houghton, Mifflin, 1942
Contents: Message from Nungwe
Men with blackwater die
Stamp of wilderness
Why do we fly?
He was a good lion
Still is the land
Praise God for the blood of the bull
And we be playmates, thou and I
Royal exile
Was there a horse with wings?
My trail is north
Na Kupa Hati M'Zuri
Errands of the wind
Birth of a life
Ivory and Sansevieria
I may have to shoot him
Captives of the rivers
What of the hunting, hunter bold?
Kwaheri means farewell
Search for a Libyan fort
Benghazi by candlelight
West with the night
Sea will take small pride
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 0865471185
Branch Call Number: B-M343
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  • 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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