West With The Night by Beryl Markham

by Matador Creators Sep 26, 2008

Today’s book recommendation and review comes from Matador Travel community member, theworldisgettingsmaller.

First published in 1942, this memoir is so great that even Ernest Hemingway commented, “she has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer.”

The tales in this book chronicle Beryl Markham‘s life in Africa – from childhood encounters with tigers to buzzing trees as a bush pilot.

It’s told in a way that can make anyone envision Africa perfectly, even if that person has never seen a picture taken on the continent.

Just when it seems that no story can be topped, she goes on to become the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west.

West With The Night is one of those few books that can be read at different points in your life, possibly swerving your brain in a direction that it didn’t pivot upon the last pass.

It’s a benchmark book in adventure travel writing, remaining one-of-a-kind for over sixty years.

National Geographic Adventure named it #8 of all time on its 100 Greatest Adventure Books list.  It’s currently the #1 Amazon seller in World Aviation History.

Not to be missed! – theworldisgettingsmaller

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