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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.
Amazingly written story of a remarkable woman who lived in the birthplace of humankind with the strength and courage of the lions and the wind.Published 18 hours ago by Lori
I have lived in east Africa, working in aviation out of Nairobi. Beryl wrote of this place in a way that it took me back to Africa more effectively than I could even describe to... Read morePublished 1 day ago by NICOLE
An autobiography of a young white woman of English descent, reared in Africa. She grows up to become a race horse trainer, then a bush pilot in Africa. Beautiful word pictures.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Beryl is a delightful author. She tells the exciting tale of her life with happiness, expertise and pure joy. Add this to a must read list!Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Reading this book transports you to another time and place. I enjoy the romps, the hunts and races with Beryl. I hope you do too!Published 11 days ago by Terrie Rowley
This is a beautifully written memoir about Africa at the turn of the century. It was a daring time of unique people. A great read if you like great writing.Published 11 days ago by Nancy F.