Let’s play a little game of read this? Read that. Shall we?
Beryl Markham was one interesting lady. I haven’t read Circling the Sun (yet) but West with the Night is fantastic. I read it all the way back in 2008 and I’ve never forgotten it. Markham was truly a revolutionary of a woman, becoming the first licensed female horse trainer in Kenya, marrying several times (and having a couple affairs besides), and became the first person (not woman, PERSON) first to fly solo and nonstop across the Atlantic from east to west, which is against the wind. You guys, trust me when I say she was one of hell of an interesting woman.
I plan to read both of these in January for a project I’m doing. More on that later.
I read In the Heart of the Sea earlier this year and dude. It is EDGE. OF. YOUR. SEAT. Made all the more so because it’s a true story AND the story that INSPIRED Moby Dick. About 14 years ago, I tried to read Moby Dick. My eyes cross just thinking about it. I made it through 200 pages and, while it hurt to do it after all that work, I had to put it down. I just couldn’t go any further. Now, I surprise no one more than myself when I say I’m tempted to try again. Now that I know the story that inspired it, I can’t help but be more interested.