Circling the Sun

Circling the Sun

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2015
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"Paula McLain, author of the phenomenal bestseller The Paris Wife, now returns with her keenly anticipated new novel, transporting readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920s. 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, author of the classic memoir Out of Africa. Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her 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. Praise for Paula McLain and The Paris Wife"McLain has brought Hadley [Hemingway] to life in a novel that begins in a rush of early love. A moving portrait of a woman slighted by history, a woman whose. story needed to be told."--The Boston Globe"The Paris Wife creates the kind of out-of-body reading experience that dedicated book lovers yearn for, nearly as good as reading Hemingway for the first time--and it doesn't get much better than that."--Minneapolis Star Tribune"Exquisitely evocative. This absorbing, illuminating book gives us an intimate view of a sympathetic and perceptive woman, the striving writer she married, the glittering and wounding Paris circle they were part of. McLain reinvents the story of Hadley and Ernest's romance with the lucid grace of a practiced poet."--The Seattle Times"A novel that's impossible to resist. It's all here, and it all feels real."--People"Powerful and devastating. McLain pulls off a delicate balancing act, making the macho Hemingway of myth a complex and sympathetic figure."--USA Today"A sweet love story with surprising emotional impact."--Chicago Sun-Times"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape ; New York : Random House Audio, [2015]
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780307989925
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (12 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: McEwan, Katharine


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Apr 29, 2018

The first time I read/listened to this several years ago I must have given up. Since reading West With the sun I've returned to it with renewed interest & enjoyment. The life of Beryl Markham is fascinating, truly an amazing woman so far ahead of her times in the restrictive lives of 99 percent of women. She doesn't get nearly enough recognition for her solo flight East to West across the Atlantic in 1936, a first in aviation history.

This writing is sometimes a bit dramatic & drawn out, I think it helps to be a fan of this author & her usual subjects. Overall, I enjoyed it.

Oct 26, 2016

I could not really get into this novel. I don't know if it was the narrator or what. The character wasn't really engaging to me. I really enjoyed The Paris Wife, but this one I didn't like as much.

Jun 28, 2016

I really enjoyed this book! Beautifully written. I could envision Kenya in the 1920's and 1930's....

coroboreefarm Nov 25, 2015

The counterpoint to Out Of Africa, Circling the Sun tells the remarkable story of Beryl Markham, horse trainer, aviatrix, adventuress and lover of many men, including the great African adventurer Dennis Finch Hatton. As in The Paris Wife, Paula McLain perfectly captures a sense of time and place, in this case, the nineteen twenties and thirties in Kenya, with lyrical prose and breathtakingly beautiful description. Katharine McEwan, the narrator, read the story with the perfect accent and languid pace to engage the listener. I found this the perfect format with which to enjoy this book.

Aug 31, 2015

Circling the Sun is the fictionalized biography of Beryl Markham from age 5 to 36. During these years, she is abandoned by her mother, raises herself on the Kenya frontier, has two disastrous marriages, becomes a horse trainer, and flies solo across the Atlantic from England to Newfoundland. This story, from 1903 through 1939, features a woman who seeks to find her true self in a society that demands respectability and conformity from women. It's also a fascinating glimpse into the Happy Valley society of colonial Kenya where wealth, indolence, and boredom collide with often disastrous results.

DPLheather Aug 17, 2015

Elegantly read and a beautiful story.


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Jun 15, 2017

A book about relationships of those living in Kenya in the 1920's. Exciting, characters each with their own unique personalities made this come alive for me. True story based on the lives of those who struggled with the hardship of Africa at such a time. A must read, excellent.


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