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One of the most beautifully crafted books I have ever read, with some of the most poetic prose passages I could imagine, such as the following, resonating with a stately and timeless quality so absent in our modern life:
There are all kinds of silences and each of them means a different thing. There is the silence that comes with morning in a forest, and this is different from the silence of a sleeping city. There is silence after a rainstorm, and before a rainstorm, and these are not the same. There is the silence of emptiness, the silence of fear, the silence of doubt. There is a certain silence that can emanate from a lifeless object as from a chair lately used, or from a piano with old dust upon its keys, or from anything that has answered to the need of a man, for pleasure or for work. This kind of silence can speak. Its voice may be melancholy, but it is not always so; for the chair may have been left by a laughing child or the last notes of the piano may have been raucous and gay. Whatever the mood or the circumstance, the essence of its quality may linger in the silence that follows. It is a soundless echo.Born in England in 1902, Markham was taken by her father to East Africa in 1906. She spent her childhood playing with native Maruni children and apprenticing with her father as a trainer and breeder of racehorses. In the 1930s, she became an African bush pilot, and in September 1936, became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
Markham's West with the Night was originally published in the early 1940s and disappeared, only to be rediscovered and reprinted in the 1980s when it became a smash hit. This latest incarnation is a lavishly illustrated edition. Though Markham is known for setting an aviation record for a solo flight across the Atlantic from East to West-hence the title-she was also a bush pilot in Africa, sharing adventures with Blor Blixen and Denys Finch-Hatton of Out of Africa fame. Hemingway, who met Markham during his safari days, dubbed the book "bloody wonderful."
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
EXCELLENTLY WRITTEN, VERY INTERESTING LIFE WRITTEN IN AN EXTREMELY REALISTIC WAY.Published 1 day ago by MARY ANN MYERS
Beryl markham never achieved the same notoriety as karen blixen, but they were contemporaroes in kenya in the pre war kenya. Read morePublished 2 days ago by William Hoover
Vivid, colorful writing style. The book is only incidentally about her flight across the Atlantic (the last 20 pages); it is far more about her life in Africa growing up... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Frederick G. Rozendal
Beautifully written! Read this after finishing Paula McLain's "Circling the Sun".Published 2 days ago by Debra K. Vetter
Bought this book after reading Paula McLain's recent hit "Circling the Sun" which is about Beryl Markham's life.....both are excellent. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Ruth
Fascinating autobiography of Betyl Markham who was born in England but grew up in Africa in a less than traditional way! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Magnolia Miss
Markham is a wonderful writer and tells engrossing stories from her life. I only wish I'd discovered her long ago. Highly recommended.Published 5 days ago by RicTaylorhard
A melange of fabric of life of Ms. Markham. Had never heard of her, and found her life quite fascinating. What courage and joie de vivre. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Devon