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Circling the Sun
Circling the Sun: A Novel | Paula McLain
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Paula McLain is considered the new star of historical fiction, and for good reason. Fans of The Paris Wife will be captivated by Circling the Sun, which . . . is both beautifully written and utterly engrossing.Ann Patchett, Country LivingPaula McLain, author of the phenomenal bestseller The Paris Wife, now returns with her keenly anticipated new novel, transporting readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920s. Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating womanBeryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen wrote the classic memoir Out of Africa.Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of natures delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships.Beryl forges her own path as a horse trainer, and her uncommon style attracts the eye of the Happy Valley set, a decadent, bohemian community of European expats who also live and love by their own set of rules. But its the ruggedly charismatic Denys Finch Hatton who ultimately helps Beryl navigate the uncharted territory of her own heart. The intensity of their love reveals Beryls truest self and her fate: to fly.Set against the majestic landscape of early-twentieth-century Africa, McLains powerful tale reveals the extraordinary adventures of a woman before her time, the exhilaration of freedom and its cost, and the tenacity of the human spirit.Praise for Circling the SunIn McLains confident hands, Beryl Markham crackles to life, and we readers truly understand what made a woman so far ahead of her time believe she had the power to soar.Jodi Picoult, author of Leaving TimeEnchanting . . . a worthy heir to [Isak] Dinesen . . . Like Africa as its so gorgeously depicted here, this novel will never let you go.The Boston GlobeFamed aviator Beryl Markham is a novelists dream. . . . [A] wonderful portrait of a complex woman who liveddefiantlyon her own terms.People (Book of the Week)Circling the Sun soars.NewsdayCaptivating . . . [an] irresistible novel.The Seattle TimesLike its high-flying subject, Circling the Sun is audacious and glamorous and hard not to be drawn in by. Beryl Markham may have married more than once, but she was nobodys wife.Entertainment Weekly[An] eloquent evocation of Beryls daring life.O: The Oprah MagazineMarkhams life is the stuff of legend. . . . McLain has created a voice that is lush and intricate to evoke a character who is enviably brave and independent.NPRBold, absorbing fiction.New York Daily NewsPaula McLain has such a gift for bringing characters to life. I loved discovering the singular Beryl Markham, with all her strengths and passions and complexities, a woman who persistently broke the rules. Shes a rebel in her own time, and a heroine for ours.Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before YouFrom the Hardcover edition.
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IuliaCG
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Exploring Kenya in the first part of the 20th century, under the sun, through this wonderful story

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ReadandDrinkCoffee

Good book. Great story about a really interesting women!

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wideeyedreader
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In my opinion, the main character of this book is a bit of a #mardybum — she complains a whole lot! Though, I didn‘t finish this one so maybe she gets better #ayupaugust

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choice!! I couldn‘t stand her!! 3mo
wideeyedreader @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Me either, as you can see! 3mo
Cinfhen I heard this is a good book but now I‘m not so sure🤷‍♀️ 3mo
wideeyedreader @Cinfhen I didn‘t like it, but that‘s just me! 3mo
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agrondin44

Loved every minute of it. Makes you feel like you want to move to Kenya and gives you some guts to follow through with what you really believe in life.

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CoffeeNBooks
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#WanderingJune #FlyAway This is a story about Beryl Markham, the pioneering aviator in the early 1900s.
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BarbaraBB Well chosen! ✈️ 5mo
Cinfhen I was originally thinking about this book #GreatMinds 5mo
LRSmith I love her memoir—as fascinating for what she leaves out as for what she includes.... 5mo
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CoffeeNBooks @LRSmith I enjoyed this book. I heard that West in the Night is really good and tells more of her story, but I haven't read it yet 5mo
LRSmith @CoffeeNBooks Hemingway (jerk though he was) expressed admiration for Markham‘s writing. It really is beautifully done. 5mo
Jaimelire I enjoyed this book. 5mo
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rsteve388

I havent actually started thia book yet. But it is yhe next on the list.

Walked 8.00 miles Today and 6.5 yesterday.

I totally forgot about the weekly check in woops.

Volunteered at a fundraising event and worked my ass off. So.tired will update later #BFC19 #BookFitnessChallenge

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Sounds like a great day! 5mo
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Cinfhen
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A few weeks ago I went to visit my parents in Florida. While there I got to speaking with Beverly, a friend of my mom, who also enjoys reading. She told me Paula McLain is one of her favorite authors & she particularly liked Circling The Sun. And today a copy arrived from Beverly!! #SurpriseBookMail ❤️What a sweet and lovely gesture!!!! Totally brightened my day 😊🌞🌻

MellieAntoinette Loved this book! 5mo
Cathythoughts People can be so kind ♥️👍🏻 5mo
KarenUK That‘s lovely! I‘ve read two of hers, but not this one..... 💕 5mo
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Mollyanna What a wonderful lady! How thoughtful of Beverly. I‘ll have to check out the book. 5mo
squirrelbrain What a lovely thought! ❤️ 5mo
Bklover Hi there! I‘ve been off the grid for a while and am just catching up with everyone. How‘s your husband feeling?? Sounds like you‘ve been through a scary time. Send you a very late but heartfelt hug!! 💕💕💕💕 5mo
TrishB Really enjoyed this one 👍🏻 5mo
Hooked_on_books This one wasn‘t what I expected, but I enjoyed it. 5mo
Megabooks How nice! I have this from BOTM but haven‘t read it. 5mo
Cinfhen Maybe we can buddy read @Megabooks since GOLD FAME CITRUS was a bust and you didn‘t love Monkey God as much as I did!!!! 5mo
Cinfhen Hi @Bklover I‘m hanging in there!! Hubby went from maybe I‘m getting a sinus infection to a full blown flesh eating virus 🥵it was/is literally insane and a nightmare. He‘s improving but it‘s slow going and I‘m mentally and physically exhausted. Thanks for the hugs ~ MUCH APPRECIATED 😘😘 5mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen That would be fun! I think part of the reason I didn‘t like Monkey God was that I did it as an audiobook. Definitely the wrong format!! For the buddy read maybe sometime in July or August?? 5mo
Cinfhen I‘m thinking September @Megabooks because I‘m meant to travel much of July & August and I‘d rather not bring extra book weight with me😉 5mo
Megabooks And dear, I‘m so sorry about the hubs!! How terrible!!! I will pray that his healing is as quick and uneventful as possible! 🤗🤗🤗 5mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Good with me!! I hope your husband is healthy to travel if he‘s coming! 💙💙 Enjoy your trips 😁✈️ 5mo
Cinfhen Well we‘ve canceled our trip to Amsterdam on Monday @Megabooks 😣and hoping but not certain we‘ll be able to go to Sweden July 7😫 praying he can travel to states July 15!!! 🙏🏻we have smaller trips planned once we get to US so we will see 🤞🏼🤞🏼 5mo
Cinfhen And airlines and hotels are ASSHOLES!!! Im literally fighting with them about receiving a credit not even a refund!!! @Megabooks 🤬🤬🤬 5mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Definitely 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 and 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 for you!! 5mo
Cinfhen Thank you @Megabooks 😘😘😘 Hows Mom & dad feeling???? (edited) 5mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I think mom and I are wearing dad out! Mom is doing better and in less pain. She‘s been getting out with friends, which is great but is still having trouble driving. I‘ve been depending on dad to go to some out of town doctor‘s appointments. So he‘s a shuttle service!! Overall we‘re pretty good though. Hopefully they‘ll figure out my mystery vomiting at my endoscopy Monday! 5mo
Cinfhen Oh God! Take care of yourself, Meg @Megabooks 5mo
Bklover Good grief! This sounds terrifying! And I‘m so sorry this messes with all your travel plans. I‘m sure you‘re taking wonderful care of him- make sure to take care of you too! 😘😘 5mo
Cinfhen It‘s been hell @Bklover but today, Thank G-D has been a good day 💜 5mo
Reviewsbylola Fantastic book! 5mo
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Kaylark
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I love this so much!

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SimplyShelia
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What a fascinating woman Beryl Markham was! I look forward to reading her biography. She dared to carve out her own life at a time when she was given a quite narrow definition of what a woman's life is. Overall, this is a pick, with few reservations. I would've preferred less attention on her love life, but I suppose that was a large portion of her life and needed to understand her choices.

Mynameisacolour Loved this one!💕 7mo
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Kaylark
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“Sometimes when you're hurting, it helps to throw yourself at something that will take your weight.”

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Kaylark
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This looks so good! I can‘t wait to read it!

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erzascarletbookgasm
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A couple of books from my tbr shelf with noticeable #sky .
#showusyourcover

Kaye Perfect and both very pretty sky books. I‘ve read the first but not the second. 9mo
LeahBergen The Corfu Trilogy!! 😍😍 9mo
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R.L.Walker
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I was excited to read about a female aviator since my husband is a pilot. However, there was little in this book related to planes or flying. At best it was a bad romance novel that taught me a bit about bush life in Africa.

smilingshelves You should read Beryl's autobiography! It was so much better, and talked a lot more about flying. 10mo
R.L.Walker @smilingshelves thank you! I've read The Aviator's Wife which was better. I will add this one. It sounds like she had an interesting life, sadly Circling the Sun gave me a negative impression of Beryl. Perhaps this book will help redeem her character. She had great accomplishments, it is sad not to know more about those. 10mo
Kaye I thought parts of the book were ok, but I‘m with you. Leave out the Romance stuff. Ruins a perfectly good book. 10mo
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Kristy_K
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Mehso-so

My iffy feeling about this book is slightly my fault. I thought it would deal a lot more with Markham‘s aviation achievements than with her personal relationships when in reality this book is heavily focused on Markham‘s romantic relationships. It was decent for what it was, but if you‘re like me and want a historical fiction about a pioneering female aviator then I suggest The Aviator‘s Wife about Anne Morrow.
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I didn‘t care for this one at all... 11mo
Kristy_K @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It really dragged in parts for me and I kept waiting for her to fly when that ended up being about a chapter out of the book. 11mo
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I just finished Beryl's autobiography, West with the Night. Now to start the book I'm actually supposed to be reading for book club. I'm very curious to see how Paula McLain handles the story of this woman's amazing life!

SilversReviews LOVE the books on the shelf. 12mo
smilingshelves @SilversReviews Thank you! ☺️ 12mo
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LoverofLit
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This was a wonderful read. McLain has the talented ability to let the reader fill in gaps between the story being told, which I feel is a compliment to the intelligence of the reading community. Beryl Markham's life in the 1920's as the first female certified horse trainer and also licensed female pilot in the wild but oddly cultured English occupied Africa, was so interesting and at times equally heartbreaking and frustrating. Highly recommend!

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LoverofLit
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"We can only go to the limits of ourselves. Anything more and we give too much away. Then we're not good for anyone."

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LoverofLit
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"Who knows what anyone deserves? We like to play judge and jury, but we're all a rotten mess under our skins."
Ain't that the truth.

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LoverofLit
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"We are all of us afraid of many things, but if you make yourself smaller or let your fear confine you, then you really aren't your own person at all are you? The real question is whether or not you will risk what it takes to be happy."

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LoverofLit
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Early morning reading before I head into work. I got this one from our local bookstore downtown when I took the kiddos there for their birthday. Mama's gotta get something too right? Anyone read this one? Only tell me if you liked it! 😉 #justkiddingnotreally

AmyG I really liked this book. Enjoy! 13mo
Thousand-Lives I loved this book! Hope you do too! 13mo
TrishB Loved it 💕 13mo
teainthelibrary I actually thought this book was decent! Made me want to read more books set in Africa 13mo
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MellieAntoinette
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Day 1 of #tarottakeover. My pick for #thesun is both a literal and figurative interpretation! @WhiskeyMistress @ErinSueG #octoberphotochallenge

ErinSueMreads Oh I love Her! This book synopsis is a lot going on!! 13mo
MellieAntoinette @ErinSueG It was so good though! Worth every word! 13mo
ErinSueMreads That‘s awesome! I‘ll have to stack it. I love historical fiction! 13mo
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TrishB
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I loved it - didn‘t know much about Beryl but I always feel a pull to women that refuse to stay in the box! And Beryl was certainly not getting in the box. Even if I didn‘t necessarily agree with her decisions - I supported her need to make them.
Interested in reading a bit more about her now!

Velvetfur Oohh, I've got Beryl's own 'West With The Night' lined up to finish off the Around The World reading challenge, so if you can wait for me to finish the current 2 I'm reading then read Beryl's book, I'll pass it on to you when I've finished it! 14mo
Reviewsbylola I loved this book! I‘ve never seen this cover before but I really like it! 14mo
AmyG I loved this book, too. 14mo
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emilyhaldi Love this cover 😍 14mo
TrishB @Velvetfur thank you, that would be fab 😘 I‘d been looking at that one! 14mo
TrishB @Reviewsbylola @AmyG I like when a book creeps up and surprises you 😁 14mo
Cathythoughts I have it on my kindle .. must get to it ! Sounds great 14mo
Velvetfur @TrishB Ok well I'm quite far into my current Sartre so should be finishing soon, then I'll read the Beryl one and pass it on after 😊 Oh by the way, I'll be in Liverpool on 8th Oct, are you around then at all? I'll be arriving on 7th & apparently the giants will be there that day! 14mo
Caroline2 Oh sounds good! Stacked!! 😉 14mo
Cinfhen Love this review!!! 13mo
TrishB @Velvetfur I‘ve lost the thread with your email address in to send my address! Mine is Trish.barker@liverpool.ac.uk 13mo
Velvetfur @TrishB Cool, thanks, I just emailed you 👍 13mo
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Lcsmcat
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I finished listening on my drive home tonight. The narrator is good, and the story kept my interest, but I would have liked more detail about her record breaking flight. It did add West with the Sun and Out of Africa to my TBR though.

Bloomingjen I loved the movie Out of Africa. It led me to buy the book but I never could get into it. I was about 17 at the time so I should probably give it another go 14mo
Daisey Reading this put both West with the Night and Out of Africa on my TBR as well. I appreciated West with the Night, but didn‘t enjoy it as much as the novel. I‘m just now finally getting started on Out of Africa, and the description of the scenery is great. 14mo
Reviewsbylola I loved this one a lot! 14mo
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Desha After reading this I also read West with the Night and really enjoyed her stories 💖 14mo
Crazeedi I just read this one, will have to check yours out 14mo
Lcsmcat @Bloomingjen I keep meaning to read it, but my copy is a mass market paperback and those are so awkward to hold. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 14mo
Lcsmcat @Daisey @desha Good to know! 14mo
Lcsmcat @Crazeedi Did you enjoy it? 14mo
Lcsmcat @Reviewsbylola 👍🏻 14mo
Crazeedi @Lcsmcat it was as good as her others, but it was also very sad 14mo
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Deborah42
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Historical fiction based on Beryl Markham, a horse trainer who eventually became a bush pilot after a record-breaking flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1936. I loved the descriptions of Africa and the story of her professional achievements, but I wish there had been a bit less about her personal life.

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emilyhaldi
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Beryl is raised in Kenya and is a bit of a wild child. She struggles through many disastrous relationships before falling in love with Denys and uncovering her passion for flying planes. I struggled with this book and although it‘s based on a fascinating true story, I was bored 😕
#flyingonthewingsoflove
#septemberdanes

BookBabe Yeah...I bought this and at least 2 other books by her, and both her books I‘ve read so far have left me bored. 😕 1y
Reviewsbylola Wow, I just loved this. I was sure you would too! 1y
Reviewsbylola Also perfect choice for this prompt! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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Kalalalatja I saw another Litten post about this today, who felt the same way. Maybe the memoir is better? 🤷‍♀️ 1y
Mdargusch I started this one and never finished it. 1y
kspenmoll I was not thrilled with it either. 1y
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youneverarrived
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Historical fiction account of Beryl Markham who is known for being an aviation pioneer. I was hoping for more of that in this book. I didn‘t not like it but it didn‘t knock me over either. I‘m interested in reading her memoir. #flyonthewingsoflove #septemberdanes

Centique Oh bother, I bought this online thinking it was a bio... 😬 (edited) 1y
youneverarrived @Centique 😂 are you gonna send it back or keep it and give it a go anyway? 1y
Centique @youneverarrived I‘ll give it a go! What a dummy I am 😂 1y
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Loreen
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Bookwormjillk
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My fourth book of this vacation. It‘s been a while since I got this much reading done! I owe it all to the Libby app!

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TheSpineView
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@TheReadingMermaid #bookaweekchallenge

Here is what I need to read soon. There is another ebook that I should include The Witch of Willow Hall. It is an ARC and I don't have any cover art to post for that one. Of course, this does not include 200+ book unread on my shelves and 500+ on my Kindle. On a good year I can read 100 books. That is over 7 years worth of reading!! Holy cow!😱

TheSpineView For the four I will read for this challenge, they are: November Road, Melmoth, Salvation and Problems in Prague. 1y
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Samplergal
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I did enjoy listening to this and will likely try to get ahold of Beryl Mecham‘s book. Four finishes for #24b4monday

Jaimelire Good book😍 1y
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janeycanuck
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I missed a couple of the discussions but really enjoyed this #BOTMbuddyread - it wasn‘t quite what I had expected, I thought there would be more about the time she was flying, but the early part of Beryl‘s life was pretty fascinating!

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Thanks everyone for joining in on our great discussions every week!

Any final thoughts?

I‘m in agreement with the needing of a book 2 based on just her flying adventures!

@TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

#botmbuddyread

Andrew65 Thanks for another great discussion @MrsV @TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks , thanks for all the time and work you put into. It is greatly appreciated by all of us! 🙌🙌🙌👏👏👏👍👍👍😍😍 Also thanks to everyone for their contributions, you‘re all a great group 👏😍❤️ (edited) 1y
Andrew65 Bring on Amor Towles! 1y
TheBookHippie I'm glad we read it!!!! I certainly need more information !!!!! 1y
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TheBookHippie @Andrew65 I'm so excited!!!! I still miss The Count! 1y
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Me too! Still a stand out book for this year! 1y
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 I agree! I adored it. 1y
kspenmoll Thanks everyone! This was a great read for discussion! Indebted to @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MrsV @TheBookHippie Looking forward to our next book! 1y
RebelReader Oh I was reading and missed the whole discussion. I really enjoyed this book, but I would have like more about her flying. I may have to re-read 1y
TheBookHippie @RebelReader I'm reading it now!!! No problem add your opinions :) 1y
Dolly I‘m not a part of this group but I‘m enjoying the fact that many of you liked this book as I have. This book lead to West With the Night written by Beryl. This lady has great writing talent! 1y
AmyG Thank you, always, @MrsV @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie. I loved this book. I flew theough my sections and definitely want to now read her book. See you soon with the next book. I already read it so let‘s hope this old mind remembers it. 😆 1y
TheBookHippie @AmyG I swear menopause takes my mind now and again !! 1y
CoffeeNBooks I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would! Looking forward to the next buddyread! 1y
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kspenmoll Felt so badly for her; her rich husband‘s family basically stole her son. It seems as if she did not succeed because she saw him infrequently- another abandonment. Would lime to know more about that relationship. Did it turn out ok? Or did her mother-in-law, husband fill the child‘s ears with tales... 1y
Andrew65 She never got a chance to show she‘d be a better mother. Don‘t get me started on what her husband did. 🤬🤬🤬 1y
TheBookHippie She tried I think.. but she wasn't equipped for that huge fight. So sad. She actually out lived him ...tragic 1y
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kspenmoll @TheBookHippie She did not stand a chance against that family... she truly wanted him & to share Africa. 1y
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll it's like a Shakespeare play!!!! So much tragedy!!! 1y
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AmyG @TheBookHippie I agree that she tried and realized she‘d never win that fight. She lived so much life in those early years! 1y
TheBookHippie @AmyG crazy reminds me of me I lived so much before 24 it's insane and it never stops 🤪 I think Beryl was 28 when we stop the book!!!! I want a second book!!! 1y
CoffeeNBooks I think it's so sad what Mansfield and his mom did to Beryl. 1y
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Denys pictured ^^^
#BOTMBUDDYREAD QUESTION 3:

"This is why there is poetry," Beryl says to Denys "For days like these"
Part of the reason I love this book is her love and relationship with poetry and Walt Whitman. Did this or anything in the book that was obscure appeal to you?

What do you think of hers and Denys relationship?? I think he's the only man she loved, truly . ...

ALLL the intermingling of people ?my poor chart gave out? wow.

Andrew65 How Denys died was sad. He was certainly the love of her life, but not sure they would have lasted if he had lived. 1y
kspenmoll Bet your chart did go nutty! The poetry was lively & poignant because she grew to love Whitman for herself, not just for Denys. When she was with Denys & Karen she did envy their conversations about books, etc. even though she could not handle school, she did feel the lack. Again, I want to know more! Did she become more of a reader? 1y
kspenmoll @Andrew65 They were kindred spirits for sure. Not sure she could put up with his roving eye ultimately because it seemed she may have not wanted to share him, despite the fact that she did with Karen once. Or more? (edited) 1y
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TheBookHippie @Andrew65 I assumed they'd flit in and out til the end. Not sure either of them was capable of long term monogamy ... 1y
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll the chart...gracious... 😂 1y
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie The chart must have ended up like a maze! 😂 1y
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 my hubby would watch me read stop try to add to it and shake his head 😂 I had to give up it was a huge mess!!!! Maze indeed!!!! 1y
RebelReader Denys was her true love I felt, even though neither was capable of a long term relationship. The attraction and a shared life philosophy was there and that‘s important too 1y
AmyG I also think Denys was her great love (up to this point in her life. He didin‘t want to be married. I‘m not sure about Beryl as I just think she made bad choices in men. 1y
CoffeeNBooks I definitely think Denys was the only man she truly loved; sadly, they were drawn to eachother because they were kindred spirits- extremly independent- which probably would never have worked for them in the long term. 1y
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TheBookHippie
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"a women who lived by her own code instead of society's ...though that cost her much..."
What cost do you think Beryl paid? Do you think she thought her life was worth the fight? A lot of Beryl's life was beyond her control, did this form her independence ?
#BOTMBUDDYREAD #2
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This is my life?? I live differently and in my town, you pay for that. Does this quote resonate with you, do you see yourself or others in this quote ?

kspenmoll She lived at a time when women for the most part have strictly prescribed roles- what she accomplished was extraordinary although it seemed she just thought it was her nature & her unconventional upbringing that made her comfortable in the world of horses& I imagine, air flight. 1y
kspenmoll Her life was worth the fight she seemed to feel most times & it seemed as if it was- she was compelled to live as close to nature as she could. She did feel the price when winning horses were taken away or when she had to flee to England after her husband‘s attack on D 1y
Andrew65 Definitely very independent minded and I do think‘ this cost her in terms of her relationships. She was also treated abominably by the men in her life! 1y
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Andrew65 @kspenmoll Fancy taking the horses off her! 😡🤬 1y
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll I think her life made it possible to do all those things. Some of the best art is born in tragedy I feel her life is the same principal applied, plus she seem to have a sense and respect for fear enough to have kept her alive. Africa was in her blood I think she couldn't be calm unless there. Such an interesting life. 1y
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 seriously the men UGHHHHHH some of their actions had me yelling at the book!!!! Like riding horses does not cause birth defects!!!!! Ugh. Shameful behavior. 1y
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie And that‘s before he took the son off her. He was the one who wanted to have a relationship with her and talked her into it. What a b... 🤬 (edited) 1y
kspenmoll @TheBookHippie So well stated! You are right in all you said. Was not thinking about growth through tragedy.... and yes, the men were abhorrent & the theories & blame they put on women due to pregnancy- maybe beliefs then but glad she could ignore them!!!!! 1y
AmyG I think she made choices she thought would be best for her because of who she was but also best for what she thought she should do...her marriages. Both men loved her independence up to the point THEY deemed enough. And I‘m with you @TheBookHippie as in my NJ town I lived my life my way. Many didn‘t like that I didn‘t “play the game” their way. My friends liked me for who I was. (edited) 1y
TheBookHippie @AmyG I think she was true to self the men not liking her pissed me off. She told them who she was. They didn't listen. Ugh . I have lovely people surrounding me in a small circle thank goodness and of course my bookworld peeps help!!! ❤️ 1y
CoffeeNBooks I think she lived in a way that felt most natural to her, even though it was unconventional for the time. She understood that, but definitely paid a very dear, very unfair price for living her life the way she chose, and because of double standards. 1y
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#BOTMBUDDYREAD Question ONE:
Did you want to keep reading about Beryl's life??? Especially the flying part???? I'm currently reading her memoir West With the Night and love it!!!! Do you think you'll search out this book as well? Did you like Beryl?

I have questions 1-3 and @MrsV has the rest !!!

MrsV Yes!!! I was a little disappointed the book barely came back around to the flight from the beginning. But, I did thoroughly enjoy the book! I‘m definitely going to have to check her biography out! 1y
TheBookHippie @MrsV I'm with @Andrew65 I thought the book was about flying! I also liked the book more than I thought I would as well. Beautifully descriptive ! 1y
kspenmoll Yes I was disappointed also - wanted more about flying & it felt almost like an afterthought. @Andrew65 @MrsV @TheBookHippie I am glad her liked Beryl‘s book; having read this fictionalized account I want to read the teal thing. (edited) 1y
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Andrew65 @MrsV @TheBookHippie As soon as we got to the flying the book ended! Grrrr can we have book 2 please Paula! May well get to her memoirs but not often I read that style of book. I was just left feeling very disappointed and it tarnished the book a bit for me. A shame because I do agree it was beautifully written. (edited) 1y
MrsV @Andrew65 @TheBookHippie @kspenmoll She certainly did lead a full life, but I would have been fine with a little less Denys drama, and more about her flying. 1y
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 I totally agree I was left thinking WAIT ...WHAT?!??!!!! @kspenmoll I'm devoting all things written about her life 😂📚📖❤️so fascinating !!! I wish there was Book 2! 1y
TheBookHippie @MrsV I was thinking well this is why she flys so it's necessary and then nada no flying stuff 😭 1y
kspenmoll @MrsV Yes, some of the men drama got boring & made me impatient with all the examples: her husband, Frank, Denys,etc. less male entanglements, more flying & later life. 1y
Andrew65 @MrsV Yes I was fed up with Denys too. 1y
kspenmoll @Andrew65 Agree, left feeling unfinished, raced through flying etc like it had little relevance- transAtlantic flight!!! Ended wanting more; a book 2. 1y
Andrew65 @kspenmoll Totally agree! 1y
Andrew65 @kspenmoll We need to write to the author asking for book 2! Shortchanged! (edited) 1y
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 Yes lets all send her notice we would like more!!! 1y
RebelReader I would definitely read a Book Two! 🤣 1y
TheBookHippie @RebelReader Because we are all left hanging !!!!! 1y
AmyG @Andrew65 I agree there needs to be book 2. I mean, how old was she qhen this book ended...early 30‘s? Didn‘t she live to about 80? So maybe another book is planned. I‘d read it. This book read so fast for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it. (edited) 1y
CoffeeNBooks I definitely want to know more about her! As soon as I finished this book, I put her memoir on hold at the library so I can read more about her! 1y
TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks exactly !!!! And yes I need to know more! I think that's how we all feel! 1y
Hooked_on_books I am definitely interested in reading her book. I think McLain should have written the prologue differently, not emphasizing her flying, to prevent such disappointment from so many readers. (edited) 1y
TheBookHippie @Hooked_on_books I agree I feel misled ! 1y
Soozee I‘m sorry to say I became fed up with this book 75% of the way. Fed up with the men, the horses and the no flying. Speed read the end of it. 1y
TheBookHippie @Soozee should have not been advertised as such. I thought it was about flying when I picked it! 1y
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I enjoyed this book so much more than I expected to. I enjoyed learning about Beryl Markham, pioneer in horse training and airplanes. Thanks to Litsy, I'm becoming more aware of the fact that I really like historical fiction! I've already put her memoir, West with the Night, on hold at the library. I'm looking forward to watching Out of Africa, based on one of Beryl's friends.

Reviewsbylola I‘ve been meaning to read West of the Sun ever since I‘ve read this but I still haven‘t. Hopefully someday! 1y
loveytime I adored this book. Like you, more than I anticipated. #fabulous 1y
LRSmith Pick up her autobiography, West with the Night. She is a stunningly good writer. There is a great Hemingway quote about having no idea she could write like that. I can‘t quote it because I STUPIDLY loaned my copy to someone and never got it back!! (From now on, I‘m low jacking people when I loan them my favs!) 1y
CoffeeNBooks @LRSmith Yes! I put her autobiography on hold at the library as soon as I finished this book! I read the Hemingway quote at the end of the book. So awesome! 1y
LRSmith After you read Markham speaking for herself, I‘ll be curious what you think. 1y
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REPollock I loved this book! Maybe I‘ll do a reread. 1y
CaroPi What are the dates for #rulesofcivility? I loved #agentelmaninmoscu so I want to give this one a chance 1y
Reecaspieces I loved that book! Great choice 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CaroPi I I‘m working on the schedule today and I‘ll tag you in it!! 1y
Samplergal I‘ll try this one. It‘s been on my bookshelf forever. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Samplergal yay!!! 😍👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Hooked_on_books I have a copy, so I might. Not sure yet. I‘ve enjoyed the CtS discussions. 1y
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Just finished! I really liked this more than I was expecting to.

Join us for #botmbuddyread on Sunday with @TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and myself. We will be discussing Chapters 45-the end!

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Current audiobook. I‘m not sure how I feel about it, being such a fan of Isak Dinesen. I thought I‘d love it more. I am approximately 1/2 finished and will continue.

CherylC I 1y
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There is no doubt this book is an enjoyable read, it is beautifully written in places. It tells the early story of a remarkable woman with an independent and indefatigable streak who was in many senses ahead of her time. She did things in Africa that she wouldn‘t have been able to do in England. She was treated quite abominably at times by the other people in her life. My disappointment is it ended just as the story I wanted to know was beginning!

AmyG I read a little about the real Beryl Markham....and there is so much more to her life. Maybe another book? There is certainly alot more to be written. 1y
Andrew65 @AmyG That‘s what it felt like to me, just felt like to quote Churchill, this was the end of the beginning! Another book would be good. 1y
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DivineDiana When I finished reading this, I bought 1y
Andrew65 @DivineDiana I think that‘s something I need to explore. 1y
janeycanuck Me too - I thought this included her flying career, not that it ended as that got started! 1y
Andrew65 @janeycanuck Even worse when they set this up in the prologue so made you think that was the central feature of the book. Almost gave it so-so because of that! 1y
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