Circling the Sun Author:Paula McLain Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman, Beryl 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 ... more »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 nature's 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 it's the ruggedly charismatic Denys Finch Hatton who ultimately helps Beryl navigate the uncharted territory of her own heart. The intensity of their love reveals Beryl's truest self and her fate: to fly. Set against the majestic landscape of early-twentieth-century Africa, McLain's 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.« less
I was so pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It had been sitting on my 'to be read' shelf for a while. What a beautifully written historical novel. It not only made me 'feel' right there and in the period it was portrayed in, but as a woman it was wonderfully insightful into how a woman of the period would feel. Just really a very nice read. I did find myself wondering if men would find it such a great book as a female reader would. The characters were all wonderful and bold and believable.
In Circling the Sun, Paula McLain has penned another wonderful fictionalized description of a historical figure Beryl Markham. The book chronicles her life and relationships from her childhood in Kenya to her record-setting flight across the Atlantic. The characters come to life in this book that is more about the relationships and emotional ups and downs rather than the adventure story of Beryl Markham's life or the African setting.
Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2015/07/circling-sun.html
Reviewed based on a publisher's galley received through NetGalley