West with the Night: A Memoir

By | February 8, 2020
West with the Night: A Memoir Author Beryl Markham
ISBN-10 0865477639
ISBN-13 9780865477636
Year 2013-01-22
Pages 293
Language English
Publisher North Point Press
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A new edition of a great underappreciated classic of our timeBeryl 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 Exupry 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 aviatrixshe 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 With a new introduction by Sara Wheelerone of Markham s few legitimate literary heirsWest with the Night should once again take its place as one of the world s great adventure stories

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