Circling the Sun

Circling the Sun

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2015
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"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."--Container.
Publisher: [Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape ; New York : Penguin Random House Audio, p2015.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780307989901
0307989909
9780307989925
0307989925
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (12 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: McEwan, Katharine

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AL_ANNAL Mar 09, 2017

This well written historical novel takes place in Kenya in the early 20th century and is based on the life of Beryl Markham, a horse-trainer and early aviator. Her courage and determination to work and love to the limits of her ability make this a fascinating and inspiring read.

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QteCuttlfish
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.

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goodcooker
Jun 28, 2016

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

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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.

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TheresaAJ
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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firebird770
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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