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Growing up in East Africa, the author describes her life as a pioneer aviator, a horse breeder, pilot of passengers and supplies in a small plane to remote corners of Africa, and became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west.. Illustrated with duotone photos. 6 cassettes.

The first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west describes her childhood on a farm in Kenya, her apprenticeship as a horse trainer, and her later career as a pioneer aviator.

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Library Journal
Markham's West with the Night was originally published in the early 1940s and disappeared, only to be rediscovered and reprinted in the 1980s when it became a smash hit. This latest incarnation is a lavishly illustrated edition. Though Markham is known for setting an aviation record for a solo flight across the Atlantic from East to West-hence the title-she was also a bush pilot in Africa, sharing adventures with Blor Blixen and Denys Finch-Hatton of Out of Africa fame. Hemingway, who met Markham during his safari days, dubbed the book "bloody wonderful."
Ernest Hemingway
Did you read Beryl Markham's book, West with the Night? I knew her fairly well in Africa and never would have suspected that she could and would put pen to paper except to write in her flyer's log book. As it is, 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 [she] can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves writers. The only parts of it that I know about personally, on account of having been there at the time and heard the other people's stories, are absolutely true .... I wish you would get it and read it because it is really a bloody wonderful book. Ernest Hemingway).
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“Did you read Beryl Markham's book, West with the Night? I knew her fairly well in Africa and never would have suspected that she could and would put pen to paper except to write in her flyer's log book. As it is, 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 [she] can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves writers. The only parts of it that I know about personally, on account of having been there at the time and heard the other people's stories, are absolutely true . . . I wish you would get it and read it because it is really a bloody wonderful book.” —Ernest Hemingway

West with the Night is the sort of book that makes you think human beings can do anything . . . When she was a mere child, she was clawed by a lion. This should have been enough to make anybody timid for life, but not Beryl . . . A jewel of taut writing and thrilling reading . . . The girl can write.” —John Chamberlain, The New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865471184
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 1/1/1982
  • Series: Landmark Bks.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Lexile: 1200L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Beryl Markham (1902–1986) was a British-born Kenyan aviatrix, adventurer, and racehorse trainer.

Sara Wheeler is the author of, most recently, The Magnetic North and Access All Areas.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Sara Wheeler xi

Book 1

I Message from Nungwe 3

II Men with Blackwater Die 17

III The Stamp of Wilderness 33

IV Why Do We Fly? 45

Book 2

V He Was a Good Lion 57

VI Still Is the Land 67

VII Praise God for the Blood of the Bull 77

VIII And We Be Playmates, Thou and I 99

IX Royal Exile 108

X Was There a Horse with Wings? 117

Book 3

XI My Trail Is North 131

XII Hodi! 143

XIII Na Kupa Hati M'zuri 155

XIV Errands of the Wind 175

Book 4

XV Birth of a Life 185

XVI Ivory and Sansevieria 197

XVII I May Have to Shoot Him 205

XVIII Captives of the Rivers 219

XIX What of the Hunting, Hunter Bold? 228

XX Kwaheri Means Farewell 245

XXI Search for a Libyan Fort 254

XXII Benghazi by Candlelight 264

XXIII West with the Night 277

XXIV The Sea Will Take Small Pride 292

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  • Posted January 13, 2012

    Well written and interesting

    Markham has a command of language and detail that drives this fascinating memoir. I have been to Kenya and she paints an accurate picture of the landscape. The story focuses on her inner life, so I read a biography to help fill in some gaps, such as why her mother is never mentioned in this book. Still, the story is fascinating for the writing, and Markham's tenacity. She was a strong woman who excelled in a man's world through hunting, horse training, flying, and as proven here, writing. The book's meditative nature is reminiscent of Antoine de saint-exupery's Wind, Sand, and Stars.

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  • Posted February 5, 2010

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    Diversity Through The Eyes Of An African

    This inspirational novel is a memoir of Beryl Markham, a pilot, horse trainer, and a woman living her life to the utmost potential. She grew up in the African lands, learning many life lessons through her interaction with animals. Beryl was intrigued by the flying ability of her friend Tom Black, and was further inspired to become the first person ever to fly east to west across the Atlantic from London to North America. The major themes in this book include but are not limited to adventure, persistence, and the ability to adapt and accept things into ones life. Her life as the book depicts it is one starting and ending in adventure, never skipping a beat of life along the way. She was a woman who grew up next to the natives of Africa, hunting beside tribal leaders, being attacked by wild lions, and killing the dangerous hogs of the region with her own spear. When training one of the many horses in her lifetime, Beryl learned persistence, which was a necessity in this stubborn horses training. She was bit, kicked, and thrown across the stall of Royal Exile. Tolerance and patience was imperative in educating this wild beast, and she was successful in bringing his high, stubborn head back down to earth. As a white woman in Africa, Beryl was faced with the life long racism between whites and blacks. Beryl states in her moving novel, "What a child does not know and does not want to know of race and colour and class, he learns soon enough as he grows to see each man flipped inexorably into some predestined groove like a penny or a sovereign in a bankers rack" (Markham 149). I enjoyed how Beryl incorporated aspects of reflection of her childhood into her calm and relaxing rides on her horse she trained from birth, Pegasus. I would have enjoyed it if this book or weaved in an element of racism deeper than what they incorporated in the book. This book is recommended to all young adults and adults of any age. Not only does this book keep you turning the page, it teaches lessons and opens the readers' eyes to what it was like living in Africa, being a woman, and even flying. I rate this book overall to be five stars. I feel I am a different person after reading this book now, able to look at the world through the eyes of many different aspects. Beryl Markham was a moving woman and wrote a book accurately depicting Africa, horses, discipline, patience, fear and joy.

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  • Posted November 6, 2008

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    Take Hemmingway's Word For It

    I think this is one of the most beautifully written biography out there. Aside for the fact that Markham's life unfolded like a movie even as she was living it, her writing is simply wonderful. At times, as when she describes how her best friend's father died (see pg 101) she brought me to tears.<BR/><BR/>In fact, its such a lovely book, I'm willing to overlook some of her more, shall we say...James Fry-like tendencies. For example, while relating the story of her flying lessons and the affair she had with her instructor, she somehow forgot to mention that he was married to Isak Denisen at the time. Like I said, I'm willing forgive-particularly in light of the extraordinary life she lived and in light of Hemingway's utter respect for her writing. Comparing his prose to hers, he once told a friend that she made him feel like an amateur carpenter who, given some nails and planks, could cobble together a passable pig pen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2008

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    As a child growing up with her father in Africa, Beryl Markham faced down lions and wild boar. As an adult she trained race horses before learning to fly airplanes and becoming a bush pilot. Eventually she became the first pilot, female or male, to fly west with the night and cross the Atlantic ocean solo from Europe to North America. Markham brings the African bush to life with stories of boar hunts and elephant hunts. Of horse races and airplane flights over desert terrain. She lived a courageous life in a time when girls were only supposed to wear dresses and play with dolls and flying airplanes was a man's job. Highly inspirational to read! There's so much to talk about in mother-daughter book clubs or any book club. How was Markham's life different from so many of the girls in her time? How would her life have been different if her mother was also in Africa raising her? This book is beautifully written I've read it three times and each reading I glean more and more from it. I highly recommend it for anyone in high school or older.

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  • Posted November 26, 2009

    Excellent choice

    This book was so enlightening and uplifting. To be a white woman in Africa and then learn to fly a plane was extra ordinary. Beryl Markham was very inspiring I wish I could have met her. What an excellent choice when picking up something to read to enlighten, education and entertain.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2008

    Recommended reading for every aviator

    West with Night, is a must read on every bookshelf about aviation. It is more than a flying book, it is a great history of Africa during the days of foriegn control. A must read for any aviator. I also reccomdend FLYING NORTH SOUTH EAST AND WEST by Captain Terry Reece, another good read of later operations from the North Pole to Africa.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2004

    This book has had more lovers than Warren Beatty

    OK, forget Earnest Hemmingway touts this as a finer book that any of his own, (that alone should be enough )Only 'his' autobiography, A Moveable Feast, comes anywhere near. To not read this book is to deny yourself one of readings' greatest pleasures. It is so perfect on a multitude of diverse planes. First, a story of one of the most intrepid women to walk the earth. Then it provides unparalled insight into the Aftica that existed just before our lives began. Then be overwhelemed by her insight into the magnificent animals. Some like the haunting revelation of female elephants' efforts to hide their bull elephant's prized tusk from the view of white hunters flying above. This may change you forever. This is the finest biography ever written. I have given this book with joy to every women I know, and each has fallen in love with it. Hence my reference to Beatty

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Historically interesting.

    A fascinating look at how far aviation, and women in aviation have come, and what a courageous woman she was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Great sdventue

    Better thsn bk out of sfrics

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Fascinating!!

    Maybe the best autobiography ever written... Both in content and style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    POOOOOOOOOOOOP

    Go crap in your toilet!!!!!!!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    My favorite book. Beryl Markham is a remarkable writer. Her ability to convey a story is remarkable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    One of the best books I have ever read. The author is an amazin

    One of the best books I have ever read. The author is an amazing lady who has led a more interesting life than all but a handful of us; who among us has hunted warthogs barefoot with a spear? Her prose is brilliant and she is funny as well.

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  • Posted November 26, 2012

    Completes the "Out of Africa" story

    For any fan of Isak Dinesen, her writing, and her life story needs to learn of Beryl Markham, one of the competitors for the affections of Denys Finch Hatten, Dinesen's love interest in Kenya. There is a controversy whether Markham wrote her own autobiography, but it does not matter. This is a beautifully done chronicle of colonial East Africa and a woman fiercely independent and far ahead of her time. Compelling reading.

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    Absolutely, one of my favorite books. A story teller extraordi

    Absolutely, one of my favorite books. A story teller
    extraordinaire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2004

    Africa: Amazing and Overwhelming

    I too was assigned this novel as a part of my AP English class, and while I must agree with those of you who rated Markham's book among the most elite and well-written of all time, I can also sympathize with those who were a bit overwhelmed by the content and the maturity of the language. While the language of this book was not completetly lost on me, I do feel that at times it was a little extraneous and yes, sometimes boring. But I also think that the way in which highschool students read books also contributes to us getting lost in the whirlwind of words. You see, I was assigned this project over my winter break, and needless to say, I ended up with only a few days left to read the book. While under such time constraints, the flowing and ample language began to get annoying and began to seem pointless. But for anyone who has time to relax and enjoy this book as it was meant to be savored, I think you will enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2003

    Very Interesting

    I had to read this book for my AP english class, and it just sucked me in. I read a variety of books, and this is one of my favorites. I suggest it to others

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2001

    The Real Kenya

    Reading Beryl Markham's book is the reason that I went to Kenya for the summer of 1999. Of course, that Kenya and its social scene no longer exist, nor do the animals in such plentiful amounts, but I could easily see how she fell so in love with the country. I got so wrapped up in her stories of growing up in Kenya, playing with Masai children, and becoming the first female pilot in Africa. It follows closely the social scene that existed then, though I found it interesting the Karen Blixen was not mentioned, yet Bror Blixen was. Clearly Dana, the one giving this fine novel a review, has a lot of learning to do, because West with the Night is one of the best books ever written. Kudos to her teacher for making it assigned reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2000

    Take an great journey in your mind

    One of my top 10 of all times. This book will take you to another time, another world, and let you live pieces of a Beryl's life in Africa in the beginning of this century. A truly great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2000

    NOT ENJOYABLE

    I AM A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT AND I WAS ASSIGNED THIS BOOK FOR ENGLISH AND I FOUND IT VERY HARD TO UNDERSTAND.IT WAS TO DESCRIPTIVE THE AUTHOR WENT INTO TO MUCH DETAIL ABOUT STUFF THAT HAD NO RELIVANCE TO WHAT WAS ACTUALLY HAPPENING IN THE BOOK.I SUGGEST THAT IF U HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK JUST BUY THE CLIFF NOTES.

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