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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 f. 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 and the complete erasure of the existence of the native populationUnfortunately since I don t fall within the three above criteria I despised this book I have never before read such a random and pointless book in my life Supposed to be the life and times of Beryl Markham adventuress extraordinaire the book reduced it to the horses and love affairs of Beryl Markham prize idiot It starts off promisingly enough with Beryl s childhood in Kenya but uickly deteriorated once she had to get married For pages and pages it was all about horses and then horses then horse races and then horses Once that was done Denys Finch Hatton makes an appearance and the most boring love triangle in the history of romance takes place between Denys Finch Hatton Beryl Markham and Karen Blixen Don t bother reading the book I can tell you all about it Denys is an asshole who hunts animals and considers Africa his goes around having affairs and claims he is a free spirit Karen is his main woman who spends her time pining for him when he isn t around and trying to force him into a marriage when he is Beryl is impressed with Denys stupid interest in poetry and slept with him a few times and goes about thinking there is a special connection between the three of them There you have the gist of the book in a nutshellThen at the last there are a few pages on Beryl learning how to fly I suppose we should thank the author for including anything at all that doesn t feature Denys Jerk ArseholeIf Beryl Markham were alive today she would sue the author for defamation The woman did so many interesting things and forged new frontiers for women But all that this book discusses is her fascination for some silly man and the illegal immigrants and their boring lives in Africa The writing is repetitive and banal and nowhere as evocative of Africa as the blurb would have you believe In fact this is a romance book of the most terrible kind masuerading as genuine historical fiction

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Circling the Sun

As a young girl Beryl Markham was brought to Kenya from Britain by parents dreaming of a new life For her mother the dream 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. 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 was told The writing from the first sentence describing her plane the one she flew across the Atlantic is mesmerizing and then moves to the unbelievable descriptions when she first arrived in Kenya as a little girl and in the days 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 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 world dominated 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 depending on your perspective It s heartbreaking at times but oh so uplifting at others You may not agree with everything Beryl did but what a life what strength what motivation to do what she wanted to doIf 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 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

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Rnesses and serial absconder from boarding school by the age of sixteen Beryl had been catapulted into a disastrous marriage but it was in facing up to this reality that she took charge of her own destinyScandalizing 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. 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 descriptions 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


10 thoughts on “Circling the Sun

  1. says:

    Paula McLain's latest novel narrating the life and times of pioneering aviator and horse racer Beryl Markham is labeled as historical fiction

  2. says:

    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 was told The wri

  3. says:

    The luscious writing of this novel will transport you to the dry rolling hills of Kenya and uench your thirst after a long drought

  4. says:

    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 adven

  5. says:

    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 white daughter of a horse ranch o

  6. says:

    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 or destiny 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 Hemin

  7. says:

    Until I was about to read Circling the Sun all I knew about Beryl Markham was of her record breaking voyage across the At

  8. says:

    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 and the complete erasure of the existence of the native populationUnfortunately since I don't

  9. says:

    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 do hard farm work and playing mos

  10. says:

    The Hook I liked the writing in McLain’s Paris Wife but not the subject After discussing it with my book grou

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