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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Friday Quotes, June 17th

Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Rose City ReaderShare the opening quote from the book.
The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's VoiceFind a quote from page 56.

Check out the links for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Participants don't select their favorite, coolest, or most intellectual books, they just use the one they are currently reading. This is the book I'm reading right now---


Title: West With the Night by Beryl Markham

Book Beginnings:
How is it possible to bring order out of memory? I should like to begin at the beginning, patiently, like a weaver at his loom. I should like to say, 'this is the pace to start; there can be no other.'
Friday 56:
When I was a child, I spent my days with the Nandi Murani, hunting barefooted, in the Rongai Valley, or in the cedar forests of the Mau Escarpment. At first I was not permitted to carry a spear, but the Murani depended on nothing else.
Comments:
This is a memoir written by Beryl Markham the first woman to fly across the Atlantic east to west. She was a contemporary of Karen Blixen and Denys Finch Hatton (Out of Africa) living in what is now called Kenya. She lived an adventurous life and you see from the quote on page 56. Even as a child she ran wild, hunting with natives. Later on the page she lists all the animals they hunted (and avoided.) Published in 1942. I am currently obsessed with Beryl Markham because I just finished the novelized memoir of her life, Circling the Sun by Paula McLain.

19 comments:

  1. This seems like a book I would enjoy.

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    1. The writing is tremendous. I can hardly put it down.

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  2. I also loved Circling the Sun. I'd like to read this memoir because Beryl fascinated me in the fictionalized account.

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    1. I know. I am a fan of Circling the Sun, too, and this Beryl Markham craze started with that book.

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  3. This sounds like a really interesting book. I may have to hunt down a copy.
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Amanda

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    1. Your comment has made me decide to hunt up my own copy. I am reading a library copy right now. I have a big urge to underline!

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  4. Interesting. She lived an adventurous life, didn't she? Come see what book I chose this week here. Happy reading!

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  5. I want to read this and Circling the Sun. She sounds like an absolutely fascinating woman.

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    1. Starting with Circling the Sun. It is amazing.

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  6. Oh this does sound interesting! I think I'd enjoy it.

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  7. Sounds fascinating!!! Happy weekend!

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  8. Fascinating. What a grand adventure her life must have been:)

    My Friday 56 from Headed For Trouble

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    1. Yes. She did lead an adventurous life. I wonder if it is even possible today to live this way.

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  9. Wonderful beginning. Sounds like a good story. I'd love for your readers check out mine ... http://tinyurl.com/LisaKsBookReviewKT

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  10. Her writing (from these quotes) seems excellent. How does it match, or deviate from Circling the Sun? An interesting discussion.

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  11. What an amazing woman! I'd love to read more about her life. Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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  12. I have this book and Circling the Sun and want to read them both. Good pick. Enjoy!

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