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Circling the Sun de Paula McLain
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Circling the Sun (edició 2015)

de Paula McLain, Katharine McEwan

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR, BOOKPAGE, AND SHELF AWARENESS  Paula McLain is considered the new star of historical fiction, and for good reason. Fans of The Paris Wife will be captivated by Circling the Sun, which . . . is both beautifully written and utterly engrossing.Ann Patchett, Country Living
This powerful novel transports readers to the breathtaking world of Out of Africa1920s Kenyaand reveals the extraordinary adventures of Beryl Markham, a woman before her time. Brought to Kenya from England by pioneering parents dreaming of a new life on an African farm, Beryl is raised unconventionally, developing a fierce will and a love of all things wild. But after everything she knows and trusts dissolves, headstrong young Beryl is flung into a string of disastrous relationships, then becomes caught up in a passionate love triangle with the irresistible safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and the writer Baroness Karen Blixen. Brave and audacious and contradictory, Beryl will risk everything to have Denyss love, but its ultimately her own heart she must conquer to embrace her true calling and her destiny: to fly.

Praise for Circling the Sun

In McLains confident hands, Beryl Markham crackles to life, and we readers truly understand what made a woman so far ahead of her time believe she had the power to soar.Jodi Picoult, author of Leaving Time

Enchanting . . . a worthy heir to [Isak] Dinesen . . . Like Africa as its so gorgeously depicted here, this novel will never let you go.The Boston Globe

Famed aviator Beryl Markham is a novelists dream. . . . [A] wonderful portrait of a complex woman who liveddefiantlyon her own terms.People (Book of the Week)
Circling the Sun soars.Newsday
Captivating . . . [an] irresistible novel.The Seattle Times
Like its high-flying subject, Circling the Sun is audacious and glamorous and hard not to be drawn in by. Beryl Markham may have married more than once, but she was nobodys wife.Entertainment Weekly
 
[An] eloquent evocation of Beryls daring life.O: The Oprah Magazine

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Títol:Circling the Sun
Autors:Paula McLain
Altres autors:Katharine McEwan
Informació:[S.I.] : Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, 2015.
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Circling the Sun de Paula McLain

  1. 10
    Out of Africa de Isak Dinesen (Tanya-dogearedcopy)
  2. 10
    West with the Night de Beryl Markham (Tanya-dogearedcopy)
  3. 00
    A Spear of Summer Grass de Deanna Raybourn (carriehh)
    carriehh: Africa, 1920s
  4. 00
    Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe de Dawn Tripp (Limelite)
    Limelite: Georgia O'Keefe and Beryl Markham were two fiercely independent women determined to carve their own lives outside of acceptable societal norms. Two passionate women, capable of great love, sacrifice, and thirst for a full life. I think they would have admired and liked each other.… (més)
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This wasn't the book for me. If you're hoping to read about Beryl Markham's flying career, look elsewhere. If you want to read about her tempestuous love life, this is the book for you.
  beckyrenner | Aug 3, 2023 |
Another beautifully written historical novel by Paula McLain. While Beryl Markham's life was filled with ups and downs, and complicated relationships with men ( in and out of marriage) McLain brings this adventerous spirit, and 1920s Kenya to life. While some would argue McLain could've inserted more historical details, scenes to peel back the layer of British colonialism, remind readers -at least!- that this was a land teeming with life, & tribes of native born peoples long before the British arrived. Her childhood friend, Kiibi, boy to a nearby tribal village, eventually grows up - withdrawing from her world- as he must, but returns long after they are both in adulthood, to "help" her with her endeavors: first to establish her own horse ranch/racing stock, and then as she pursues airplane flying. It was a moving friendship, but one that McLain doesn't even let Beryl be uncomfortable about... but she ran w/that set of colonial settlers & "the rich & idle" who saw the world, no matter how wild or far from London, as their domain. Nevertheless, it was compulsively readable. ( )
  BDartnall | Apr 25, 2023 |
4.5* Biographical fiction about Beryl Markham and her life in Kenya in the early part of the 1900’s. Really enjoyed this, and now want to read some non fiction about this amazing woman. ( )
  LisaBergin | Apr 12, 2023 |
I recently finished Circling the Sun and found it to be an interesting read, although it didn't contain some of the elements which brought me to the book in the first place. I was watching a documentary about the "Happy Valley Set," a group of British expats who lived a debauched lifestyle in Colonial Kenya. The scene was apparently awash in gin, cocaine, and orgies. I came across this book after doing a little digging and was further intrigued by the aviation connections, another interest.

To be fair, this is a loosely written biography of a woman who made bad choices, sometimes the only choices available to her at the time. One of the marriages seemed nothing more than a marriage of convenience to an older, wealthy man. Many of the reviews I've read attack the book because Beryl didn't turn out to be the woman they'd hoped she'd be. If this were pure fiction, we'd see her live a heroic life, making her place in the male-dominated world of horse racing and aviation while standing up for native Kenyans as they struggled for independence. Not only would we feel better about the protagonist, we'd feel better about ourselves for agreeing with her choices. Perhaps the reality is that McLain found scant evidence of Beryl standing up for the Kenyans' cause, enjoying her dominant role as much as the next colonialist. The descriptions of what was happening locally gave me an idea of what it was like to live there at the time.

This book is a snapshot of a complicated person's life and I commend the author for writing it realistically. I would have loved more debauched parties and frostbitten night flights into the bleak unknown, but we can't have everything. I'm glad I read this book. The cast of characters were well written and I was able to keep track of them as they were woven in and out of Beryl's life. I recently bought Markham's autobiography and I can't wait to get started.

I'll close with a passage that moved me because it describes the wild and free childhood Beryl lived, juxtaposed by later chapters of her life when she felt trapped by her place in society:

"Before Kenya was Kenya, Green Hills was alive and my father loved me. I could jump as high as Kabii and walk through the forest without making a sound. I could bring a warthog out of its hole by crinkling paper. I could be eaten by a lion and live. I could do anything, for I was in heaven still." ( )
  myartlane | Jan 24, 2023 |
I had recently read and very much enjoyed West with the Night, Beryl Markham’s memoir, so I decided to follow it up with this historical fiction based on her life. While the plot of Circling the Sun follows the events of Beryl Markham’s early experiences, the primary focus is on her love life. I think the emphasis on romantic relationships detracts from Markham’s remarkable achievements. I kept waiting for more about her interest in aviation. It is included near the end almost as an afterthought. There are many positive reviews of this book. I think it will appeal to those that enjoy historical romances, but for me it was just ok. ( )
  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
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Paula McLainautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Blanchette, Dana LeighDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Chapman, IsabelleTraductionautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Dinçer, YaseminÜbersetzerautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Klynstra, LauraDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
McEwan, KatherineNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Simeonova, IlinaAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Suursalu, KarinTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Her absence was still so loud and so heavy, I ached with it, feeling hollow and lost.  I didn't know how to forget my mother any more than my father knew how he might comfort me.  He pulled me—long limbed and a little dirty, as I always seemed to be—onto his lap, and we sat like that quietly for a while.
I grew as tall as Kibii and then taller, running just as swiftly through the tall gold grasses, our feet floured with dust.
This was certain: I belonged on the farm and in the bush.  I was part of the thorn trees and the high jutting escarpment, the bruised-looking hills thick with vegetation; the deep folds between the hills, and the high cornlike grasses.  I had come alive here, as if I'd been given a second birth, and a truer one.  This was my home, and though one it would all trickle through my fingers like so much red dust, for as long as childhood lasted it was a heaven fitted exactly to me.  A place I knew by heart.  The place in the world I'd been made for.
Chpt 62:  Karen buried Denys on the farm, as she knew he wanted it, at the crest of Lamwia, along the Ngong ridge. ... No one could challenge their bond, or doubt how she had loved him.  Or how truly he had been hers.  One day she was going to write about him -- write "him" in such a way that would seal the two of them together for ever.  And from those pages, I would be absent.
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Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR, BOOKPAGE, AND SHELF AWARENESS  Paula McLain is considered the new star of historical fiction, and for good reason. Fans of The Paris Wife will be captivated by Circling the Sun, which . . . is both beautifully written and utterly engrossing.Ann Patchett, Country Living
This powerful novel transports readers to the breathtaking world of Out of Africa1920s Kenyaand reveals the extraordinary adventures of Beryl Markham, a woman before her time. Brought to Kenya from England by pioneering parents dreaming of a new life on an African farm, Beryl is raised unconventionally, developing a fierce will and a love of all things wild. But after everything she knows and trusts dissolves, headstrong young Beryl is flung into a string of disastrous relationships, then becomes caught up in a passionate love triangle with the irresistible safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and the writer Baroness Karen Blixen. Brave and audacious and contradictory, Beryl will risk everything to have Denyss love, but its ultimately her own heart she must conquer to embrace her true calling and her destiny: to fly.

Praise for Circling the Sun

In McLains confident hands, Beryl Markham crackles to life, and we readers truly understand what made a woman so far ahead of her time believe she had the power to soar.Jodi Picoult, author of Leaving Time

Enchanting . . . a worthy heir to [Isak] Dinesen . . . Like Africa as its so gorgeously depicted here, this novel will never let you go.The Boston Globe

Famed aviator Beryl Markham is a novelists dream. . . . [A] wonderful portrait of a complex woman who liveddefiantlyon her own terms.People (Book of the Week)
Circling the Sun soars.Newsday
Captivating . . . [an] irresistible novel.The Seattle Times
Like its high-flying subject, Circling the Sun is audacious and glamorous and hard not to be drawn in by. Beryl Markham may have married more than once, but she was nobodys wife.Entertainment Weekly
 
[An] eloquent evocation of Beryls daring life.O: The Oprah Magazine

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