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Was told The writing from the first sentence escribing her plane the one she flew across the Atlantic is mesmerizing and then moves to the unbelievable Looking for the Toffees descriptions when she first arrived in Kenya as a little girl and in theays beyond simply beautiful writing I read an advanced copy and the publisher at the beginning reuests that you not uote anything until comparing to the final version so I won t But I really wish I could so I could give a little sense into how lush and Raising Gods Girl descriptive the writing is that makes you feel as if you are standing there on that farm in Kenya or can feel what Beryl is feeling and convince people that they should read this bookAbandoned as a young girl by her mother who leaves Beryl and her father to return to England Beryl forms a bond with her father and begins a life long love affair with Kenya She becomes an amazing independent woman a horse trainer in a worldominated by men and later an aviatrix flying solo across the Atlantic Her independent spirit fostered by her aloneness as she ran wild as a child and which couldn t be tamed by school by her father or her husbands is beautiful to see I have to say Of course the book s focus is Beryl but there are many other fascinating people many of whom are expats and the relationships they have to each other many of which are extramarital Everybody seemed to be in love with someone other than their spouse And some men with multiple women as in the case of Denys Finch Hatton But that was life in this tight Kenyan community So many free spirited people or careless The Gulag Handbook depending on your perspective It s heartbreaking at times but oh so uplifting at others You may not agree with everything Berylid but what a life what strength what motivation to The Beckoning Lady (Albert Campion do what she wanted tooIf you loved Out of Africa the book and or the movie you will be enthralled You ll see the same beautiful and wild Kenya and meet again with Karen Blixen and Denys Finch Hattan I wish I could Will in the World do justice to the wonderful story telling and writing by Paula McLain The author notes that Markham wrote a memoir called West With the Night and I look forward to reading itThank you to Random House Publishing Group Ballantine and NetGalley I haven t given my rare 5 star rating to a book in a long time but I am giving Circling the Sun 5 stars without any hesitation Paula McLain s fictionalization of the early part of Beryl Markham s life completely engrossed me I knew nothing about Beryl Markham before reading Circling the Sun but as told by McLaim she is a fascinating woman who grew up very unconventionally in early 20th century Kenya as the whiteaughter of a horse ranch owner It is If you are thinking of picking up this book make sure you fall within one of the following categories1 People who love horses2 People who love reading about insipid love affairs3 People who enjoy colonialist attitudes a Paula McLain s latest novel narrating the life and times of pioneering aviator and horse racer Beryl Markham is labeled as historical fiction that transports readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920s With that kind of a sales pitch you expect at least a halfway realistic portrait of the manners and social conditions of the times with than one token black character thrown in It is after all a novel set in Africa based on a historical figure Yet Circling the Sun is all about white colonialists and their self enclosed world on their plantations in the East African Protectorate where the natives are hardly than an exotic backdrop for the adventures and love affairs of a British floozy As somebody who considers Proust a page turner I cannot fault a book for portraying a select social circ Paula McLain s writing is so vivid and cinematic I felt I was right in the story rather than reading it In this book a fictional biography of Beryl Markham I could play alongside Beryl and her young companions be involved in training horses alongside Beryl and fly the Atlantic from England to the East coast of North America I could adventure on safaris rub elbows with royalty and experience the anguish and joys of love marriages and lovers I could feel a yearning for Africa her vast spaces Technicolor sunsets and stars that seemed like they wanted to perch on my shoulders Beryl Markham led an extraordinary life and Paula McLain s writing captures it all serving it with the flourish of a master chef This book is a beautiful banuet of escriptions and characters that are so real you can savour them on your tongue long after the banuet is overThis is a banuet you will not want to miss as it ignites all your senses and satisfies while leaving you wanting Until I was about to read Circling the Sun all I knew about Beryl Markham was of her record breaking voyage across the Atlantic in 1936Her extraordinary accomplishment I m reminded that a person s accomplishments and character are not always of eual measure Beryl Markham was a complicated female Baby and Child Vegetarian Recipes during times when being a complicated female was complicated The storytelling is emotionally wrenching yet intellectually rigorous On one hand its clear Beryl is a independent female yet a couple of the choices she makes had me wonder whyid she second guess herself and make The Confabulist dependent choices There was aevastating situation in Beryl s life that if happened to me I on t think I could breathe just so sad I asked myself was Beryl a woman to admire Was she a woman I Would Have Been Friends With have been friends with ll tell you one thing I m a little mad at the author Her book had me reading all night long Andnow I want to know a little about this woman s character Talk about her with others anyway Darn this author for writing a captivating book Perfect Book Club pick Look at values friendships marriages failed marriages births abandonment reams reams at all costs family loyalty gossip secrets loss love freedom I fully enjoyed this gorgeously written page turning historical novelThank you to the publisher and Netgalley The Hook I liked the writing in McLain s Paris Wife but not the subject After iscussing it with my book group and meeting the author I liked it better but still the subject anything to Spring Comes to Sanctuary (Welcome to Sanctuary, do with Hemmingway was not for me Circling the Sun sounded much intriguing and I knew it was a better fitThe Line The publisher has reuested that no uotes be used until the book is published late July I ll respect that and actually must as you lliscover if you read the rest of my commentsThe Sinker My sincere thanks to Ballantine Books for providing the e galley of Circling the Sun Procrastination found me 30 pages from the end when my copy expired Imagine my surprise when I stopped reading to watch a movie and came back to the book only to find that little box with the Ask the Past dreaded words expired or whatever it says A visit to Edelweiss confirmed itsemise My fault clearly but oh Riding Class (Saddle Club, did I mourn all my lost highlighting and notes etc I had planned toocument these the very next Silver Stirrups (Saddle Club, day as I knew I was getting close to the possible pulling of the title Now I ll just have to sum up my thoughts from what I remember and wait until the publication to read the ending I was hooked by Circling the Sun right from its first pages with Beryl now Markham getting ready for her transatlantic flight McLain immediately takes aetour here leaving the famous flight for someone else to probe She moves us backward in time to Beryl s childhood in Kenya and her early abandonment by her mother Though her father is a presence the lack of the woman s touch allows Beryl to grow into her own shoes resilient independent with a strong love for nature and the land After a few missteps she becomes not only a horse trainer but also owner and a woman with some tumultuous relationships with a variety of men The sweep of the story reminded me of Out of Africa and then I realized one of Beryl s triangular loves was Denys Finch Hatton who also was involved with Karen Blixen who under the pseudonym of Isak Dinesen wrote that stunning memoir I absolutely adored Circling the Sun It is well researched and like any good fiction the Sun It is well researched and like any good fiction on fact it will find me finally adding West With the Night to my TBR pile No matter that I idn t uite finish Circling the Sun I know a good book when I read one. Er falling in with the notoriously hedonistic and gin soaked Happy Valley set Beryl soon became embroiled in a complex love triangle with the writer Karen Blixen and big game hunter Denys Finch Hatton immortalized in Blixen's memoir Out of Africa It was this unhappy affair which set tragedy in motion while awakening Beryl to her truest self and to her fate to Circling the SunThe luscious writing of this novel will transport you to the ry rolling hills of Kenya and uench your thirst after a long Short Stories by Roald Dahl drought It is an e Circling The Sun caught my eye with its beautiful cover first and foremost I had this book for so long now never got to it It was timeOh the chain of events Or sometimes also called fate orestiny right I first read about Beryl Markham in Almost Famous Women Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman Beryl Markham piued my interest then especially when this remarkable women wrote an autobiography West With The Night which had Ernst Hemingway glowing from head to toeIn 1925 Ernest Hemingway in a letter to California restaurateur George Gutekunst wrote Did you read Beryl Markham s book West with the Night 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 this girl who is to my knowledge very unpleasant and we might even say a high grade bitch can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves as writers it really is a bloody wonderful book After reading Circling The Sun a fictional biography of Beryl Markhamborn Clutterbuck I understood why Hemingway Goldilocks the Three Bears did this This kind gentleman in part wanted to help a struggling independent woman to get on her feet However the bookid not stir too many pots in the 1940s but changed Markham s final years when it was republished in the 1980s and hailed as the masterpiece Hemingway thought it to be She could enjoy the final years of her life in comfortAnd what a life she lived in Kenya Softness and helplessness got you nothing in this place Tears only emptied you out Abandoned by her mother as a young girl growing up on a horse farm getting married several times and trying to make it on her own in a man s world and in 1936 became the first woman to fly solo and nonstop from east to west across the Atlantic Britain s Amelia Earhart Although she was born a Brit she was Kenyan in heart and soul I learned to watch to put my trust in other hands than mine And I learned to wander I learned what every reaming child needs to know that no horizon is so far that you cannot get above it or beyond it These I learned at once But most things came harder BERYL MARKHAM West with the Night We must leave our mark on life while we have it in our power KAREN BLIXEN Circling The Sun brought this unconventional woman s story alive in the most beautiful contemporary prose The author borrowed characters from Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen Karen Blixen to populate Beryl s story and establish the connection between Karin Blixen and Beryl Denys Finch Hatton Lord Delamere Berkeley Cole Karin Blixen and her husband baron van Blixen and a few Not keen on a proper education Beryl would ultimately be schooled by the men in her life insteadFirst it was her father who taught her everything she would ever need about horse training She would become the youngest licensed horse trainer and first women in the world at the age of eighteenHer childhood friend Kibii a child of the Kikuyu tribe taught her how to hunt to understand the rules of nature and to survive in the African bush He would remain her truest friend throughout her lifeDenys Finch Hatton and Berkely Cole inspired her to read and become the Schezerehade of her own life story Before Kenya was Kenya Green Hills was alive and my father loved me I could jump as high as Kibii and walk through the forest without making a sound I could bring a warthog out of its hole by crinkling paper I could be eaten by a lion and live I could o anything for I was in heaven stillBefore Kenya was Kenya I threw a spear and a rungu club I loved a horse with wings I never felt alone or small I was Lakwet Their story evenings would result in her elouent autbiography several years laterTom Campbell Black taught her everything about flying airplanes machines reading maps Denys Finch Hatton who was her lover was also her mentor in conuering the skies The nostalgia of the tough but idyllic life on the African

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are so vividly in this book A fine balance was established between background and story A perfect balance to be exactThe author portrayed the private Beryl The person nobody really understood THE ONE WHO HID HER PAIN one who hid her pain isappoinments She captured the emotions and thoughts of a scared young girl a gutsy young woman and a pioneering survivor of a challenging life The book is written in the same spirit as Kuki Gallman s books I Dreamed of Africa AND African Nights Many authors captured this magic of the African landscape Africa still has that allure always will have it Circling The Sun also settles comfortably into the same nostalgia as Alexandra Fuller s Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness AND Don t Let s Go to the Dogs Tonight although the two authors experienced two ifferent periods in colonial history However the ambiance of the British settlers s often promiscuous lifestyle with I Look Up To... Michelle Obama debauchery thrown into the social mix and the almost vulgar exploitation of wildlife mineral resources and African people were lightly mimicked in this book Very lightly compared to Doris Lessing whoid not mince words in Doctor Extraño destroying the settlerselusional self importance and grandeur But in this book the Brits s African lifestyle away from England s rigid society was still treated with understanding and even compassion They were spared A ifferent view but a wonderful read is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver There s no comparison between the two books of course It s just another excellent book which captures the soul of Africa very wellIt was a tough life emanding great sacrifice and creativity to survive Like your uinine for malaria Berkeley added A measure of good champagne helps too I Never Tell don t know what it is about Africa but champagne is absolutely compulsory here This was an excellent read Now fate will take its course I will have to read West With The Night by Beryl Markham herself Paula McClain says in her author s note From the moment I read even a few sentences West with the Night took powerful hold of my imagination Beryl sescriptions of her African childhood colonial Kenya in all its seasons and her extraordinary adventures fairly leap off the page but striking to me is the spirit behind the words She had so much nerve and pluck plunging fearlessly into vast gaps between the sexes and at a time when such feats were nearly unthinkable I hadn t ever encountered anyone uite like her a woman who lived by her own code instead of society s though that cost her much Who would have fit perfectly into Hemingway s muscular fiction but she actually lived Beryl was undoubtedly complicated a riddle a libertine a maverick A sphinx I rest my case I love Africa I love this book This makes a great companion read with Beryl Markham s memoir West with the Night which is about growing up on a horse farm in colonial Kenya in the early 20th century At age four her mother left the family to return to England and Markham grew up with a lot of self reliance learning to Feminism is for Everybody do hard farm work and playing mostly with Masai tribal children She succeeded in becoming a successful racehorse trainer and later a bush pilot the precursor for her achievement in the 30s as the first woman to fly across the Atlantic from east to west The wonderful vignettes about key points and epiphanies in her life in the memoir is well complemented by this linear narrative account of her story At first I wasisappointed on how pale this version was when it covered the same events But it made up for it by filling in the blanks left by the memoir and the fullness of her as an imagined person came alive for me as the novel spun her trajectory out in an emotionally engaging way not possible with the crafted and abstracted perspective of a retrospective autobiography Many may object to the enterprise of biographical fiction from the start What chutzpah a writer must have to try to create a simulacrum of a real person to project their feelings and thoughts and make up Deterring Democracy dialog and actions for her and others in her life based. As a young girl Beryl Markham was brought to Kenya from Britain by parentsreaming of a new life For her mother the ream uickly turned sour and she returned home; Beryl was brought up by her father who switched between indulgence and heavy handed authority allowing her first to run wild on their farm then incarcerating her in the classroom The scourge of gove.

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On the slimmest of outlines Often in historical fiction real people in history are just window Hunters Heart dressing to enhance the reality of the fictional characters In other cases history is being enacted as a play and the portrayal of important figures as a center in therama can represent a legitimate theory for how they came to contribute to significant events in history For such a golem to rise out of the pages as recognizably human the author needs to take chances and contrive the blood and guts and the confusion and espair that real life is full of Often McLain seems too respectful of the real Markham to make up such elements with believable lusts and rages and jealousies and she comes off as bland That turned out to only be a first impression But after 100 pages or so that feeling went away of her character took flight for me Beneath that stoic and brave exterior and moderated expression we can feel her passions and the sense of her foundation in the grace of understanding by three people her father the Masai Kibii Ruta as a man and sometime lover Denys The achievement was less about creating the real Markham and about midwifing an imagination of how someone like her could emerge as a special product of this place and time with seminal influences from family and friends How someone like her could acuire the capacity to meet and surmount the challenges she faced and become someone so ahead of her time as a woman not bound by the constraints of roles set for gender class and race In her play with the Masai children she made a special friend with a boy Kibii learned to compete and hunt with him using spears and gained a respected identity and tribal name from his father Much later as an adult rinking in a club in the village that was Nairobi she could make a story of herself for others Before Kenya was Kenya I threw a spear and a rungu club I loved a horse with wings I never felt alone or small I was LakwetSomething in McLain s writing that really sings for me is her vision of how she came to see the tragedy of abandonment by her mother as an important wellspring for Markham s character Gradually it became harder to remember my mother s face things she had said to me Nazi Gold days we had shared But there were manyays ahead of me They spread out further than I could see or wish for the way the plain Mr Majeika and the School Inspector did all the way to the broken bowl of Menengai or to Kenya s hard blue peakIt was safer to keep looking forward to move my mother to the far edge of my mind where she couldn t hurt me any or to imagine when Iid think of her that her going had been necessary A kind of forging or honing my essential test as LakwetI am huge fan of stories that capture how the place of one s origin shapes our identity The continuation of the cited passage from early in the book rises high on my pleasure meter This was certain I belonged on the farm and in the bush I was part of the thorn trees and the high jutting escarpment the bruised looking hills thick with vegetation the Selected Poems deep folds between the hills and the high corn like grasses I had come alive here as if I been given a second birth and a truer one This was my home and though one ay it would all trickle through my fingers like so much red ust for as long as childhood lasted it was a heaven fitted exactly to me A place I knew by heart The one place in the world I Doctor Strange, Vol. 2 d been made forMarkham was unlucky in love Whenrought and impending bankruptcy forces her father to plan a move to Capetown she makes the mistake of marrying an older man at age 17 as a ticket to staying in Kenya Unfortunately he turned out to be a violent runk She manages to break away and survive as a horse trainer She makes a valuable friend with Karen Blixen a charismatic coffee plantation owner later known to the world through her book Out of Africa Her example as a married woman unafraid to have affairs gives her courage to try out her own forays of the heart while pressing for a ivorce But her most persisting love was for a man she couldn t have one Denys Finch Hatton an adventurer and safari guide who also was the love of Karen s life The very ualities of a wild independent spirit that they both loved made Denys as one who wasn t for having I hadn t loved him any perfectly and i understood that fondly we had both I understood that fondly We had both for the sun and had fallen lurching to earth again tasting melted wax and sorrow Denys wasn t hers or mine He belonged to no one and never hadEventually she finds love with a ifferent sort of man a gentle and wealthy aristocrat from England who claims a esire to fulfill her ambitions to have her own horse farm in the land she calls home But on a visit home with her and their infant son he changes his mind under the influence of his No Reason To Die dominating snobby mother The scenes with her visiting her son telling him stories of Africa and promising to show it all to him someday were particularly moving for meThe transition to becoming an aviator comes late in the book The connection to ridingangerous unruly stallions is not hard to make Despite the experience of a number of friends Naked Risk (Shatterproof dying in airplane crashes she can t resist the opportunity of learning to fly from her friend Tom I loved McLain s account of her affinity for this new challenge and way of seeing the world Itoes seem like pure freedom I told him If you can forget the risk that is The fear never completely goes away It makes everything sharper Tom kept us up tracing a wide circle over our valley towards Njoro to the east and Molo to the north The tipoff the wing was like a bright silvery wand Watching it I felt a whisper of hope and something like redemption It wasn t God I saw at this height but my rift valley It stretched in every Raking The Ashes direction like a map of my own life Here were Karen s hills the flat shimmer of Nakuru in theistance the high ragged lip of the escarpment White bellied bird and red Ellie (Ellie, dust Everything I lived through lay unfurled below me every secret and scar where I Dear Office-Politics d learned to hunt and jump and ride like the wind where I been Thomas Harriott devoured a little by a good lion where arap Maini had stopped to point at a clover leaf shaped print in therying mud saying Tell me what you see Lakwet This valley was than my home It beat in me like the A Mistletoe Kiss drum of my own heartI have come to believe that fiction can often be true than non fiction What can we really know from all the poses and roles that people from real life leave behind in letters or memories of those around them After going through a couple ofivorces I ve learned clearly how people have to compose simplified stories to make sense of their own complicated lives Maybe this book oesn t help me know the real Beryl Markham but I am happy with a potent version of someone very much like her The short version of her life as she ponders future challenges rings as true to me or at least as a truth I would survive them the way I had long ago when my mother boarded a train and became smoke had long ago when my mother boarded a train and became smoke tribe had found me then and given me my true name but Lakwet was only a name after all I had forged her myself out of brokenness learning to love wildness instead of fearing it I thrive on the exhilaration of the hunt charging headlong into the world even or especially when it hurt to o itMy thumbs had to go up from the homage McLain made to Beryl s memoir in her afterword THE STORY IS RECOUNTED HOW ITS PUBLICATION IN THE story is recounted how its publication in the s made only a blip in readership and Mr Majeika and the Lost Spell Book disappeared from common sight until republication in the 80 s McLain argues against accusations that Markham s husband who was a ghostwriter might have been the true author I also appreciated her acknowledgement of serious mysteries about her inner life while at the same time expressing amazement of how much she got into channeling Beryl Beryl was undoubtedly complicated a riddle a libertine a maverick A sphinx But strangely when I was writing her character and pitching myselfeeply into her world she became knowable and familiar to me in some ways than Hadley Hemingway in my novel The Paris Wife Beryl Markham is a flawed character certainly probably as flawed as the real person that this fictional autobiography is based on and as flawed as most of us but I could not find a flaw in the way this story. Rnesses and serial absconder from boarding school by the age of sixteen Beryl had been catapulted into a The Hidden Jewels disastrous marriage but it was in facing up to this reality that she took charge of her ownestinyScandalizing high society with her errant behaviour she left her husband and became the first woman ever to hold a professional racehorse trainer's licence Aft.
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