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Includes the name: Errol Trzebinski -

Obras de Errol Trzebinski


Conhecimento Comum

Locais de residência
Lamu Island, Kenya
Pequena biografia
Ms. Trzebinski, a long-time resident of Kenya, has written about many of the area's personalities and events. Her book Silence Will Speak was one of the prime sources of the film "Out of Africa."



Weeded from the Englewood Public Library with a large pot leaf used as a bookmark.
mbrandstetter | outras 2 resenhas | Mar 30, 2024 |
Beryl Markham led quite a life, one of hedonism, selfishness, ruthlessness without a thought of how her actions impacted on those in her circle. Today she would be categorized as a sociopath. This is a tale of her life, including her many male conquests.

Abandoned in Africa by her mother, from an early age, she was loosely raised by her father. Working with him to train superb race horses, she acquired a reputation of doing men's work.

With little social skills, and a dire lack of education, she was able to use enough people to scratch and fight her way to the top of inner circles. Dennys Finch Hatton, Bjor Blixen, Karen Blixen, aka Isak Dinesen, and Barkley Cole were but a few of those she claimed as "friends."

Basically, to put it crudely, she slept her way through East Africa, drawing men like moths to a dangerous flame, she cared very little for her reputation, or the emotional turmoil she left behind..

She learned to fly a plane, and to her credit, her book West With the Night outlines her major accomplishment of being the first female to travel cross ocean. However, there is doubt that she actually wrote that book, and instead her former husband most likely penned it for her.

I did enjoy the depiction of East Africa and the ruggedness of that continent at the time of the great white hunters. Beryl Markham was indeed an interesting woman. Tall, beautiful and sensual, she deserves credit for her accomplishments.
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Whisper1 | outras 2 resenhas | Nov 12, 2015 |
This is a fairly conventional well written biography of Lord Erroll, best known as the aristocrat favoured by the wives of British settlers in Kenya in the 1920's and 30's whose death - a bullet in the back of the head - created an enduring scandal and mystery. There is an engaging description of the diplomatic world of Europe in the early 1900's, and the colonial world of Kenya, and of the bohemian characters that the reader might already be familiar with through the book and movie 'White Mischief'. The author (no relation) claims to correct a few errors in James Fox's book, but used largely the same methods of personal interviews to fill in the substantial gaps in the official records. Both Fox and Erroll T. particularly mentioned that even with the passage of time people were reluctant to talk, and while many promised that they'd leave notes 'revealing the truth' after they died, these would never turn up.

Fox's theory is that Lord Erroll was shot by the jealous husband of the wife he 'stole', noting that this man had a history of quite sophisticated insurance frauds which involved laying false trails and obscuring evidence. Erroll T. on the other hand claims to have been given a statement by a former intelligence officer detailing a very complicated plot by the British Government to assassinate Lord Erroll. Lord Erroll had - it's agreed - flirted with the British Fascist party, but was generally thought to have put this behind him at the time of his death when he was a key figure in the British administration of Kenya. The book loses a little of its authority as the assassination plot is described. I don't doubt it is credible, but an incredible story is pretty much galloped through here, jammed in the back of the book. There are tantalizing references to what may have been other assassinations of middle ranking fascists in the British military and diplomatic arenas, but there is no time to tease those stories out. There's much more to tell here, but as soon as Errol T. gets near the British Fascist connection her research started churning up more mud than miles on the road. The British are very good at keeping secrets.

The author goes on to suggest that Lord Erroll was targeted particularly for assassination not because he was an active Nazi sympathiser, but because having renounced his association with the British Fascists he was thought capable of spilling the beans publicly on the whole organisation, including some links high in the British aristocracy. Erroll T. even suggests that Lord Erroll had evidence that Churchill himself had at one time considered giving in to Germany and dividing Europe (and Africa) amongst each other while Germany tackled Russia. Simply arresting Lord Erroll would not have stopped him telling his side of the story, particularly in Kenya where the British Government did not have as rigid control on affairs as they might have had at home. The suggestion is that this was the last thing Churchill needed at a time when he was assiduously courting the US with a picture of Britons (and the Empire) standing united on the beaches defying the German war machine. It's apparent that this is another whole book, but it is disappointing that Erroll T. ends her (otherwise very well researched) book with such a substantial accusation without presenting any evidence or argument. There's a mountain of material on Lord Halifax and Churchill debating whether to fight or give in (and which of them would lead the country in war) that remains untapped here.

Personally I don't think it is necessary to argue that the rather extreme step of assassination was brought about some theory that Churchill was trying to cover up his own involvement in appeasing Germany. It may indeed have come down to some senior person in British Intelligence with aristocratic connections seeing Lord Erroll as someone who'd let the side down with his dubious connections with both Fascists and other people's wives. And whereas this sort of behaviour was nothing out of the ordinary amongst the British aristocracy, Lord Erroll had committed the unforgivable sin of conducting his extra-marital affairs in the public eye. I rather suspect the decision to assassinate Lord Erroll (and I tend to agree it was assassination) was based on a view that Lord Erroll was not quite the sort of chap they wanted to have on their team, a 'bad egg' in fact. It's not beyond the bounds of possibility that Lord Erroll might just at one point have flirted with the wife of the man who ordered his removal. Again, fertile waters that Erroll T. has left untrawled.

But for all of that this is a much more satisfying, if less titillating, story of the Lord Erroll and Happy Valley than you'll find in James Fox's 'White Mischief'. Ideally read both together. Recommended.
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nandadevi | 1 outra resenha | Jul 24, 2012 |
This book was a bit difficult to get through. The author speaks of the relationship between Denys and Karen Blixen using a lot of literary terms, which, if you are unfamiliar with them, can bog the reading down and make it hard to read. I favored the book "Too Close To The Sun" by Sara Wheeler, which is also about Denys.
briandrewz | outras 3 resenhas | Jul 5, 2012 |

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