|Issues & Viewpoints Book Discussion|
Event Type: Adults|
Age Group(s): Adults
Start Time: 1:30 PM
End Time: 3:00 PM
West with the Night: A Memoir by Beryl MarkhamDonald W. Reynolds Library Serving Baxter County
Location: Studio 300
A facilitated and open forum discussion on the book – West with the Night: A Memoir by Beryl Markham.Contact: Vincent Anderson
Ask to check out a copy of this book at the Circulation Desk.
A new edition of a great, underappreciated classic of our time Beryl Markham's West with the Night is a true classic, a book that deserves the same acclaim and readership as the work of her contemporaries Ernest Hemingway, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and Isak Dinesen.
If the first responsibility of a memoirist is to lead a life worth writing about, Markham succeeded beyond all measure. Born Beryl Clutterbuck in the middle of England, she and her father moved to Kenya when she was a girl, and she grew up with a zebra for a pet; horses for friends; baboons, lions, and gazelles for neighbors. She made money by scouting elephants from a tiny plane. And she would spend most of the rest of her life in East Africa as an adventurer, a racehorse trainer, and an aviatrix-she became the first person to fly nonstop from Europe to America, the first woman to fly solo east to west across the Atlantic. Hers was indisputably a life full of adventure and beauty.
And then there is the writing. When Hemingway read Markham's book, he wrote to his editor, Maxwell Perkins: "She has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer . . . [She] can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves as writers . . . It is really a bloody wonderful book." (goodreads.com)
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