Review: Beryl Markham’s “West with the Night”

by writereaderly

Beryl Markham was a Kenyan contemporary of Karen Blixen (aka Isak Dinesen, author of Out of Africa), a Jockey Club registered horse trainer at 18, inventor of elephant hunting from the air, and the first pilot to fly from England to the Americas. This is a ripping memoir of her life between about  1910 and 1940, full of yarns, philosophy and adventures.It was just what I needed to contrast with the trapped women of the last diaries I read, both delightful and fascinating. I concurred with Martha Gellhorn (as she tells in her introduction) when she regrets that she was so glib and judgemental on her one meeting with BM, instead of learning more about her. A great read, increasingly gripping.

Where it came from: Opshop
Time and manner of reading: Big train-read and some solid couch-reads
Where it went: MOD
Reminds me of: Other tales of women’s historical derring-do, Isabella Bird, Catalina de Erauso, etc.
Who I’d recommend it to: Seekers of literary adventures
Also reading: Rabbit #5

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