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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 I haven t given my rare 5 star rating to a book in a long time but I am giving Circling the Sun 5 stars without any hesitation Paula McLain s fictionalization of the early part of Beryl Markham s life completely engrossed me I knew nothing about Beryl Markham before reading Circling the Sun but as told by McLaim she is a fascinating woman who grew up very unconventionally in early 20th century Kenya as the white daughter of a horse ranch owner It is a great story and the depiction of Beryl is fabulous It is such a risky venture to write a fictio

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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 Until I was about to read Circling the Sun all I knew about Beryl Markham was of her record breaking voyage across the Atlantic in 1936Her extraordinary accomplishment I m reminded that a person s accomplishments and character are not always of eual measure Beryl Markham was a complicated female during times when being a complicated female was complicated The storytelling is emotionally wrenching yet intellectually rigorous On one hand its clear Beryl is a independent female yet a couple of the choices she makes had me wonder why did she second

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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 The luscious writing of this novel will transport you to the dry rolling hills of Kenya and uench your thirst after a long drought It is an exuisite story of Beryl Markham who grew up on the plains of Africa to become a legendary 1st woman horse trainer and later a pilot It s her path to self discovery through the disastrous relationships and love entanglements that define whom she became A wild and adventurous spirit much like the horses she worked to tame I loved her character her passion her honesty and her courage Truly a time when such femi


About the Author: Paula McLain

Paula McLain is the author of the New York Times and internationally bestselling novels The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun She’s also published two collections of poetry Less of Her and Stumble Gorgeous the memoir Like Family Growing Up in Other People's Houses and a first novel A Ticket to Ride She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan in 1996 and has since receive



10 thoughts on “Circling the Sun

  1. says:

    Paula McLain's latest novel narrating the life and times of pioneering aviator and horse racer Beryl Markham is

  2. says:

    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 mesmeriz

  3. says:

    The luscious writing of this novel will transport you to the dry rolling hills of Kenya and uench your thirst after a long drought It is an exuisite story of Beryl Markham who grew up on the plains of Africa to become a legendary 1st woman horse trainer and later a pilot It's her path to self discovery through the disast

  4. says:

    Paula McLain’s writing is so vivid and cinematic I felt I was right in the story rather than reading it In this book a fictional biography of Beryl Markham I could play alongside Beryl and her young companions be involved in training horses alongside Beryl and fly the Atlantic from England to the East coast of North America I could adventure on safaris rub elbows with royalty and experience the anguish and joys of l

  5. says:

    I haven't given my rare 5 star rating to a book in a long time but I am giving Circling the Sun 5 stars without any hesitation Paula McLain's fictionalization of the early part of Beryl Markham's life completely engrossed me I knew nothing about Beryl Markham before reading Circling the Sun but as told by McLaim she is a fascinating woman who grew up very unconventionally in early 20th century Kenya as the w

  6. says:

    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 glowi

  7. says:

    Until I was about to read Circling the Sun all I knew about Beryl Markham was of her record breaking voyage across the Atlantic in 1936Her extraordinary accomplishment I'm reminded that a person's accomplishments and character are not always of eual measure Beryl Markham was a complicated female during times when being a

  8. says:

    If you are thinking of picking up this book make sure you fall within one of the following categories1 People who love horses2 People who love reading about insipid love affairs3 People who enjoy colonialist attitudes and the complete erasure

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    The Hook I liked the writing in McLain’s Paris Wife but not the subject After discussing it with my book group and meeting the author I liked it better but still the subject anything to do with Hemmingway was not for me Circling the Sun sounded much intriguing and I knew it was a better fitThe Line – The publisher h

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