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Absolutly spellbinding--it is a plane ride to another world,
By A Customer
This review is from: West With The Night (Paperback)
I visited Kenya last year and saw this book all over the shelves, and I picked it up. Little did I know, I was picking up one of the best written and most evocative books of all time. I was swept away immediatly by her involving narrative and descriptions. And let me tell you, the descriptions capture the Kenyan landscape and people remarkably well. It is just as wonderful and mysterious as Markham writes. This book transported me to the dazzling age of the 1920's and 30's in Kenya--which is full of fascinating trailblazers. I read a lot of the novel outloud, and her thoughts seemed to become my thoughts. Her anecdotes and experiences are so poignant that they seem to shoot me right through the heart. I want to reread this novel again and again, it is wonderous. Hemingway was right when he said " it is a bloody wonderful book." If you like Markham, you should read Isak Dineson's classic Out of Africa. However, Markham does more soul-searching and delving into herself than Dineson does. You'll recognize some familiar charactars as well. Both are true stories!
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Initial post: Mar 15, 2012 8:06:06 PM PDT
A Searcher of Life says:
This book is WONDERFUL! But those who know, say she did not write it...Google her, and you will see oh, so much more!
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2012 12:18:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 22, 2012 12:19:32 PM PDT
After reading her biography and writings of those who knew her - there is no doubt that SHE DID NOT WRITE West with the Night. Rather, it seems like one of her husbands, a Hollywood script written penned this famous book. Markham was a rather sad, pathetic character at the end of her life. She used people. She would never credit her husband with his exceptional work - only one of the many ways she injured the people around her.
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