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The Lives of Beryl Markham [SIGNED] Unknown Binding – 1993

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 2nd. Imp. edition (1993)
  • ASIN: B0040G9H0E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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'As far as I'm concerned, I was more or less abandoned by my mother,' Beryl Markham conceded in her eighties. Read the first page
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By H. Rogers on 10 Dec. 2007
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A fascinating account of the first person to fly the atlantic east to west and, apparently, one of the most promiscuous females in Kenya high society in the 1920s and 1930s- her lovers were so numerous that at times the author simply lists them. In many ways Beryl Markham comes accross as a classic example of a european living in Africa in that era; energetic, independent, brave but completely amoral,self centered and self destructive. Her atlantic flight and the subsequent book (ghost written) brought her considerable fame, especially in the US. Unfortunately - like many Kenya types - she ended up a ''poor white'' in Kenya at the end of her days, dependent on the charity of others. An excellent well researched book for anyone interested in Keyna society in the 20s and 30s and the life of a forgotten aviation pioneer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Susan M. Ratcliffe on 10 Aug. 2009
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A very well written insight into the life of one of the charismatic characters of Kenya and of her life in both Africa and as one of the leading aviators in the early days of pioneer flying. It made reading her "own" biography "West with the Night" even more interesting. A very good read and one that I would recommend to anyone interested in women and their achievements.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. M. White on 30 Oct. 2014
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Great story. As I spent over 20 years in Kenya it brings back memories of the atmosphere and people that, unless you`ve lived there, you cannot appreciate.
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
I Should Have Stopped with "West with the Night" 25 Sept. 2001
By Karla J. Kuriger - Published on Amazon.com
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I am only a third of the way through this book, and am already deeply saddened by it's content. After reading "West with the Night," I was anxious to know more about the mysterious Beryl Markham. How common that this book seems to concentrate on her alleged promiscuity rather than on her remarkable achievements for a woman during the 1920's. It reads more like a transcript from a British Jerry Springer episode. It's like going to an art gallery, and listening to some jealous wannabe fool babble on and on about the artist's "intent" or their "mood" during the creation of the piece of art; piecing together their indictment from hearsay. This book would be just grand for subscribers of People magazine.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Finding Beryl Markham 4 May 2004
By Gerburg Frick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After reading "West with the Night" I wanted to know who is this brilliant woman? The biography is hard to follow because events and persons are mixed in a weird cocktail. The author does not follow a clear story line, has perhaps just as little writing talent as she claims Beryl Markham did. Beryl's uninhibited life in Africa and Los Angeles is documented, but not much credit given to her remarkable talents this woman obviously possessed. Her third husband Raoul Schumacher, a Hollywood ghostwriter, is believably credited with the authorship of "West with the Night". He couldn't have written so well without the vivid recollections about horsebreeding, aviation and animal behavior in Africa by his wife Beryl Markham, whom he adored.
This biography is a hodgepodge through which one most roam to come about facts. Like for instance what kind of monoplane did she fly from London to New York etc.? Was the year 1932?
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Did she or didn't she? 6 April 2004
By Ray L. Boettger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Several writers have suggested what is really a sensible solution - Beryl was not an author in the traditional sense, she wrote about her life and experiences, so her efforts when trying to write commercially were plagued by her disinterest and lack of ability. She did write beautifully in West as well as those of her stories presented in the first section of Splendid Outcast, but if you compare them with ones at the end of the book, that the author suggests were probably written jointly with Rauol, the stylistic differences are clear. She was not a "writer" who could churn out material for publication, she could write about the things she knew and loved.
As to being promiscious and occasionally ornery, she saw no reason to act any differently than men acted in her world, and good for her!
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Interesting woman 1 Nov. 2000
By "nancymaat" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book after reading West with the Night and Out of Africa. This biography gave me the background needed to understand the drama behind those two books and how the two authors were linked before those books were ever written. Trzebinski painted a detailed picture of the people and life style of the British Colonists surrounding Beryl in Kenya although several times I found myself flipping back to previous pages in order to keep the names straight in my head. Beryl Markham was certainly a stubborn, selfish, promiscuous woman, everything Trzebinski pointed out in this book. What I found tragic was how much less emphasized was her triumph as a pilot compared to her promiscuity. Towards the end of her life, she was more known as the author of West with the Night than as a woman who flew across Atlantic alone. Even on the cover of this biography, the caption on the bottom on the page reads "A biography of the author of West with the Night." But is she really the author of that famous book? You'll have to read this biography to find out.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Major disappointment 29 May 2009
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I chose to read this account of Markham's life based on other reviews here on Amazon, and I was sorely disappointed! The writing was awful. Sentences often did not make sense at all, and paragraphs felt like the had been cobbled together from different topics. The main idea of the book seems to be to list the amazing number of lovers that Markham had, and how she mooched off everyone around her. My advice would be to find a different biography, if you must read about her at all.
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