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I hate doing this, as I'm reviewing the edition, not the book itself - which looks very interesting. But anyone thinking of buying this book should know.
Ms Markham's early life is told in a matter-of-fact way, which takes it for granted that, when at 17, your father decides to leave Africa for Peru, you jump on your horse and head North, with no food, one change of underwear, little education, but a deep knowledge of horses and expect to land on your feet. Which is exactly what she does, co-incidentally meeting many yet-to-be-famous people on the way.
Hunter; horse-trainer; aeronaut; most people would be happy to excel in any one of these professions, but Beryl does it all with surpassing ease. Her style is self-effacing and matter-of-fact; you would imagine that being 'moderately eaten' by a lion would warrant more than a couple of paragraphs, but it only gets included here, I suspect, on the strength of Bishon Singh's wonderful rhetoric in describing the event. She also has a knack of striking up instant and longlasting relationships with people from every race, creed and social status - I don't believe she even saw those differences; be he a Murani warrior or a colonial Governor, they both get treated to the same open-minded friendship.
A book to read & read again.
It's interesting how her Atlantic flight that gives the book its title is briefly summarised in a single chapter--clearly she was not going to brag about something that was not a major part of her life, as opposed to the African landscape and race horses, which clearly were. Another point of interest is that she apparently managed to be married thrice in the time period covered by the book and this is not mentioned by a single word, perhaps indicating that this is a biography of her work life, rather than an insight into her private life.
And yes, there is the florid language, and perhaps this is necessary to convey the vastness of the terrain.
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Incredible book. Beautifully written with incisive touching description of events throughout he extraordinary life. Wonderful to re read.Published 2 months ago by Michael
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Having lived in Kenya during the 70's I found this a really lovely book to read. It brought back so many wonderful memories (not all good haha). Read morePublished 6 months ago by Vivienne-Claire