On The Bookshelf: Circling The Sun

 

Paula McLain’s historical novel The Paris Wife remains at the top of my favorites list…

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I had waited with keen anticipation for the release of her new novel, Circling The Sun…

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Believe me, I was thrilled with the story of Beryl Markham, a bohemian beauty brought to Kenya from England to be raised by her horse training father after being abandoned by her mother.  The circumstances of her childhood – the relationships with the native tribe on her father’s estate and her close proximity to the wilds of Africa – shape the young girl into the forceful young woman she will become.

 first female horse trainer…

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aviator…

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writer…

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I was magically transported to the majestic setting of beautiful colonial Kenya and after reading the story of Beryl Markham there was nothing to do but head to Netflix for another viewing of a favorite film…

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On the heels of several disastrous relationships, Markham finds herself in a love triangle with OOA’s Karen Blixen and her safari hunter lover Denys Finch Hatton.

Paula McLain’s tale weaves the adventurous spirit of Beryl Markham with the history of 1920s colonial Kenya flawlessly.  Markham is shown to be the fearless and tenacious human being that she was – shaped by her singular circumstances and told in such a way that you feel as if you heard her tell her own life story.

two thumbs up from me…

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  1. Well hello!…so glad you showed up on my email this morning !! Want to get this book!! Out of Africa is one of my favorite movies evah!!

  2. Marsha, this book got great reviews! Can’t wait to read it!!