racehorse trainer in Kenya,
a solo flight across the Atlantic
from east to west, and
first female licensed
commercial pilot in Kenya.
(released July 2015), which I found fascinating!
especially for the time in which she lived!
but strictly her personal and particularly professional accomplishments.
Then I began worrying about my own motivations! Have I fallen subject to the sensationalism that seemingly pervades current mainstream media? Yikes! I hope not...
I am fascinated by the controversy as to whether it was her third husband
However, per Wikipedia, the publisher had paid for another book to be written by both of them, and in the meantime, her third husband refused to be involved in writing a second book, so she submitted the manuscript she had written herself and the publisher refused it, stating it was not written by the same writer as was West With the Night.
One biographer found indications that her third husband had edited the WWtN manuscript, though he claimed to have changed very little. So, who knows?
The only thing I do know for certain is that I enjoyed reading this book. :)
I think one must have a true sense of adventure to be able to do what her father did and what she did...living their lives in a scarcely inhabited environment so very different from anything in England...and definitely "wild" by comparison.
are one with the darkness, and the darkness is infinite.
It bore the odour of swampland, the small of Lake Victoria, the breath of weeds and
sultry plains and tangled bush. It whipped at the oil flares and snatched at
the surfaces of the Avian. But there was loneliness in it and aimlessness,
as if its passing were only a sterile duty lacking even beneficent promise of rain. (18)
the hyena feasts upon and what scraps remain are morsels for the jackal,
the vulture, or even the consuming sun. (23)
To walk is not enough.
To ride on a horse is not enough.
like a diki toora.
God spits upon such blasphemy.'
But never hope more than you work. (135)
As I look at these pictures
I stumbled across this 1993 review of The Lives of Beryl Markham by Errol Trzebinski
in the Independent, and now I really want to read it!
And I feel as if I want to accompany these two books by also
reading Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen/Karen Blixen.
I watched the movie once, many years ago,
and enjoyed it very much! Definitely do for a 'rewatch'!
I might as well add her Shadows on the Grass, too,
since these five stories were a follow-up to Out of Africa.
If you feel at all interested in this book,
I strongly recommend it as an informative yet intriguing read!
Do you know much about Markham?
I am glad to have learned so much about her life.
In many ways I keep comparing what I know of
Anne Morrow Lindbergh's life and Markham's.
(I read and loved The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin!)
They were both female aviators at a time when only males flew planes!
They both accomplished female firsts, but were seemingly quite different people.
Though, as I consider, they also had some things in common.