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Summary Circling the Sun Circling the Sun review ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Paula McLain â 6 Free download 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. 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 Hemingway glowing from head to toeIn 1925 Ernest Hemingway in a letter to California restaurateur George Gutekunst wrote Did you read Beryl Markham s book West with the Night She has written so well and marvelously well that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer I felt that I was simply a carpenter with words picking up whatever was furnished on the job and nailing them together and sometimes making an okay pig pen But this girl who is to my knowledge very unpleasant and we might even say a high grade bitch can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves as writers it really is a bloody wonderful book After reading Circling The Sun a fictional biography of Beryl Markhamborn Clutterbuck I understood why Hemingway did this This kind gentleman in part wanted to help a struggling independent woman to get on her feet However the book did not stir too many pots in the 1940s but changed Markham s final years when it was republished in the 1980s and hailed as the masterpiece Hemingway thought it to be She could enjoy the final years of her life in comfortAnd what a life she lived in Kenya Softness and helplessness got you nothing in this place Tears only emptied you out Abandoned by her mother as a young girl growing up on a horse farm getting married several times and trying to make it on her own in a man s world and in 1936 became the first woman to fly solo and nonstop from east to west across the Atlantic Britain s Amelia Earhart Although she was born a Brit she was Kenyan in heart and soul I learned to watch to put my trust in other hands than mine And I learned to wander I learned what every dreaming child needs to know that no horizon is so far that you cannot get above it or beyond it These I learned at once But most things came harder BERYL MARKHAM West with the Night We must leave our mark on life while we have it in our power KAREN BLIXEN Circling The Sun brought this unconventional woman s story alive in the most beautiful contemporary prose The author borrowed characters from Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen Karen Blixen to populate Beryl s story and establish the connection between Karin Blixen and Beryl Denys Finch Hatton Lord Delamere Berkeley Cole Karin Blixen and her husband baron van Blixen and a few Not keen on a proper education Beryl would ultimately be schooled by the men in her life insteadFirst it was her father who taught her everything she would ever need about horse training She would become the youngest licensed horse trainer and first women in the world at the age of eighteenHer childhood friend Kibii a child of the Kikuyu tribe taught her how to hunt to understand the rules of nature and to survive in the African bush He would remain her truest friend throughout her lifeDenys Finch Hatton and Berkely Cole inspired her to read and become the Schezerehade of her own life story Before Kenya was Kenya Green Hills was alive and my father loved me I could jump as high as Kibii and walk through the forest without making a sound I could bring a warthog out of its hole by crinkling paper I could be eaten by a lion and live I could do anything for I was in heaven stillBefore Kenya was Kenya I threw a spear and a rungu club I loved a horse with wings I never felt alone or small I was Lakwet Their story evenings would result in her elouent autbiography several years laterTom Campbell Black taught her everything about flying airplanes machines reading maps Denys Finch Hatton who was her lover was also her mentor in conuering the skies The nostalgia of the tough but idyllic life on the African savannas are so vividly described in this book A fine balance was established between background and story A perfect balance to be exactThe author portrayed the private Beryl The person nobody really understood The one who hid her pain and disappoinments She captured the emotions and thoughts of a scared young girl a gutsy young woman and a pioneering survivor of a challenging life The book is written in the same spirit as Kuki Gallman s books I Dreamed of Africa AND African Nights Many authors captured this magic of the African landscape Africa still has that allure always will have it Circling The Sun also settles comfortably into the same nostalgia as Alexandra Fuller s Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness AND Don t Let s Go to the Dogs Tonight although the two authors experienced two different periods in colonial history However the ambiance of the British settlers s often promiscuous lifestyle with debauchery thrown into the social mix and the almost vulgar exploitation of wildlife mineral resources and African people were lightly mimicked in this book Very lightly compared to Doris Lessing who did not mince words in destroying the settlers delusional self importance and grandeur But in this book the Brits s African lifestyle away from England s rigid society was still treated with understanding and even compassion They were spared A different view but a wonderful read is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver There s no comparison between the two books of course It s just another excellent book which captures the soul of Africa very wellIt was a tough life demanding great sacrifice and creativity to survive Like your uinine for malaria Berkeley added A measure of good champagne helps too I don t know what it is about Africa but champagne is absolutely compulsory here This was an excellent read Now fate will take its course I will have to read West With The Night by Beryl Markham herself Paula McClain says in her author s note From the moment I read even a few sentences West with the Night took powerful hold of my imagination Beryl s descriptions of her African childhood colonial Kenya in all its seasons and her extraordinary adventures fairly leap off the page but striking to me is the spirit behind the words She had so much nerve and pluck plunging fearlessly into vast gaps between the sexes and at a time when such feats were nearly unthinkable I hadn t ever encountered anyone uite like her a woman who lived by her own code instead of society s though that cost her much Who would have fit perfectly into Hemingway s muscular fiction but she actually lived Beryl was undoubtedly complicated a riddle a libertine a maverick A sphinx I rest my case I love Africa I love this book

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Summary Circling the Sun Circling the Sun review ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Paula McLain â 6 Free download 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. 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 mostly with Masai tribal children She succeeded in becoming a successful racehorse trainer and later a bush pilot the precursor for her achievement in the 30s as the first woman to fly across the Atlantic from east to west The wonderful vignettes about key points and epiphanies in her life in the memoir is well complemented by this linear narrative account of her story At first I was disappointed on how pale this version was when it covered the same events But it made up for it by filling in the blanks left by the memoir and the fullness of her as an imagined person came alive for me as the novel spun her trajectory out in an emotionally engaging way not possible with the crafted and abstracted perspective of a retrospective autobiography Many may object to the enterprise of biographical fiction from the start What chutzpah a writer must have to try to create a simulacrum of a real person to project their feelings and thoughts and make up dialog and actions for her and others in her life based on the slimmest of outlines Often in historical fiction real people in history are just window dressing to enhance the reality of the fictional characters In other cases history is being enacted as a play and the portrayal of important figures as a center in the drama can represent a legitimate theory for how they came to contribute to significant events in history For such a golem to rise out of the pages as recognizably human the author needs to take chances and contrive the blood and guts and the confusion and despair that real life is full of Often McLain seems too respectful of the real Markham to make up such elements with believable lusts and rages and jealousies and she comes off as bland That turned out to only be a first impression But after 100 pages or so that feeling went away of her character took flight for me Beneath that stoic and brave exterior and moderated expression we can feel her passions and the sense of her foundation in the grace of understanding by three people her father the Masai Kibii Ruta as a man and sometime lover Denys The achievement was less about creating the real Markham and about midwifing an imagination of how someone like her could emerge as a special product of this place and time with seminal influences from family and friends How someone like her could acuire the capacity to meet and surmount the challenges she faced and become someone so ahead of her time as a woman not bound by the constraints of roles set for gender class and race In her play with the Masai children she made a special friend with a boy Kibii learned to compete and hunt with him using spears and gained a respected identity and tribal name from his father Much later as an adult drinking in a club in the village that was Nairobi she could make a story of herself for others Before Kenya was Kenya I threw a spear and a rungu club I loved a horse with wings I never felt alone or small I was LakwetSomething in McLain s writing that really sings for me is her vision of how she came to see the tragedy of abandonment by her mother as an important wellspring for Markham s character Gradually it became harder to remember my mother s face things she had said to me days we had shared But there were many days ahead of me They spread out further than I could see or wish for the way the plain did all the way to the broken bowl of Menengai or to Kenya s hard blue peakIt was safer to keep looking forward to move my mother to the far edge of my mind where she couldn t hurt me any or to imagine when I did think of her that her going had been necessary A kind of forging or honing my essential test as LakwetI am huge fan of stories that capture how the place of one s origin shapes our identity The continuation of the cited passage from early in the book rises high on my pleasure meter This was certain I belonged on the farm and in the bush I was part of the thorn trees and the high jutting escarpment the bruised looking hills thick with vegetation the deep folds between the hills and the high corn like grasses I had come alive here as if I d been given a second birth and a truer one This was my home and though one day it would all trickle through my fingers like so much red dust for as long as childhood lasted it was a heaven fitted exactly to me A place I knew by heart The one place in the world I d been made forMarkham was unlucky in love When drought and impending bankruptcy forces her father to plan a move to Capetown she makes the mistake of marrying an older man at age 17 as a ticket to staying in Kenya Unfortunately he turned out to be a violent drunk She manages to break away and survive as a horse trainer She makes a valuable friend with Karen Blixen a charismatic coffee plantation owner later known to the world through her book Out of Africa Her example as a married woman unafraid to have affairs gives her courage to try out her own forays of the heart while pressing for a divorce But her most persisting love was for a man she couldn t have one Denys Finch Hatton an adventurer and safari guide who also was the love of Karen s life The very ualities of a wild independent spirit that they both loved made Denys as one who wasn t for having I hadn t loved him any perfectly and I understood that fondly We had both tried for the sun and had fallen lurching to earth again tasting melted wax and sorrow Denys wasn t hers or mine He belonged to no one and never hadEventually she finds love with a different sort of man a gentle and wealthy aristocrat from England who claims a desire to fulfill her ambitions to have her own horse farm in the land she calls home But on a visit home with her and their infant son he changes his mind under the influence of his dominating snobby mother The scenes with her visiting her son telling him stories of Africa and promising to show it all to him someday were particularly moving for meThe transition to becoming an aviator comes late in the book The connection to riding dangerous unruly stallions is not hard to make Despite the experience of a number of friends dying in airplane crashes she can t resist the opportunity of learning to fly from her friend Tom I loved McLain s account of her affinity for this new challenge and way of seeing the world It does seem like pure freedom I told him If you can forget the risk that is The fear never completely goes away It makes everything sharper Tom kept us up tracing a wide circle over our valley towards Njoro to the east and Molo to the north The tipoff the wing was like a bright silvery wand Watching it I felt a whisper of hope and something like redemption It wasn t God I saw at this height but my rift valley It stretched in every direction like a map of my own life Here were Karen s hills the flat shimmer of Nakuru in the distance the high ragged lip of the escarpment White bellied bird and red dust Everything I d lived through lay unfurled below me every secret and scar where I d learned to hunt and jump and ride like the wind where I d been devoured a little by a good lion where arap Maini had stopped to point at a clover leaf shaped print in the drying mud saying Tell me what you see Lakwet This valley was than my home It beat in me like the drum of my own heartI have come to believe that fiction can often be true than non fiction What can we really know from all the poses and roles that people from real life leave behind in letters or memories of those around them After going through a couple of divorces I ve learned clearly how people have to compose simplified stories to make sense of their own complicated lives Maybe this book doesn t help me know the real Beryl Markham but I am happy with a potent version of someone very much like her The short version of her life as she ponders future challenges rings as true to me or at least as a truth I would survive them the way I had long ago when my mother boarded a train and became smoke The tribe had found me then and given me my true name but Lakwet was only a name after all I had forged her myself out of brokenness learning to love wildness instead of fearing it I thrive on the exhilaration of the hunt charging headlong into the world even or especially when it hurt to do itMy thumbs had to go up from the homage McLain made to Beryl s memoir in her afterword The story is recounted how its publication in the 40 s made only a blip in readership and disappeared from common sight until republication in the 80 s McLain argues against accusations that Markham s husband who was a ghostwriter might have been the true author I also appreciated her acknowledgement of serious mysteries about her inner life while at the same time expressing amazement of how much she got into channeling Beryl Beryl was undoubtedly complicated a riddle a libertine a maverick A sphinx But strangely when I was writing her character and pitching myself deeply into her world she became knowable and familiar to me in some ways than Hadley Hemingway in my novel The Paris Wife

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Summary Circling the Sun Circling the Sun review ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Paula McLain â 6 Free download 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

  • Hardcover
  • 384
  • Circling the Sun
  • Paula McLain
  • English
  • 22 February 2019
  • 9781844088287