West with the Night : A Memoir
by Beryl Markham , Sara Wheeler
Editor: North Point Press
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A new edition of a great underestimated classic of our time Beryl Markham of the West with the Night is a true classic, a book that deserves the same praise and number of readers as the work of his contemporaries, Ernest Hemingway, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and Isak DinesenIf the first responsibility of a memoirist is to lead a life worthy of being written about Markham succeeded beyond any measureBorn Beryl Clutterbuck in the middle of England, she and her father settled in Kenya when she was a young girl, and she grew up with a zebra for a pet; horses for friends; baboons, lions and gazelles for neighborsShe makes money by scouting elephants from a small planeAnd she was going to spend the rest of her life in East Africa as an adventurer, a racehorse trainer, and an aviator – she became the first person to fly non-stop from Europe to America, the first woman to fly solo east to west across the AtlanticHis was undoubtedly a life full of adventure and beautyAnd then there’s the writingWhen Hemingway read Markham’s book, he wrote to his publisher, Maxwell Perkins: “She wrote it so well, and wonderfully well, that I am ashamed of myself as a writer[She] can write rings around all of us who consider us writersIt’s really a fucking wonderful book.”With a new introduction by Sara Wheeler–Markham is little legitimate literary heirs–West with the Night should once again take its place as one of the greatest adventure stories
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