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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.
I read West with the Wind just after finishing Circling the Sun, the biography of Beryl Markham. Both quality reads. Circling is more gossip-laden though not really racy. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Macho Mama
A beautifully written story. Markham's writing is far better than any of Hemingway's or any of his cohorts. A pleasure to read.Published 3 days ago by Dave C.
Great reading her story. I had read the McClain book and then this. It was every bit as interesting.Published 4 days ago by Dodie Wooldridge
After reading Circling the Sun, I wanted to know more about Ms. Markham. No one other than herself could ever tell her story better. Truly lyrical writing.Published 5 days ago by Judith Craft
I loved this book. The author's writing style was so profound and I found myself drinking in every word.Published 8 days ago by chickchick
The book, a memoir by Beryl Markham, tells of a woman who was not afraid to try things that women weren't supposed to do like race horse training and flying solo. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Kindle Customer