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Circling the Sun: A Novel de Paula McLain
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Circling the Sun: A Novel (original: 2015; edição: 2015)

de Paula McLain (Autor), Katharine McEwan (Reader)

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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"--… (mais)
Membro:Conway_Library
Título:Circling the Sun: A Novel
Autores:Paula McLain (Autor)
Outros autores:Katharine McEwan (Reader)
Informação:Random House Audio (2015), Edition: Unabridged
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Circling the Sun de Paula McLain (2015)

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I started this audiobook but couldn't get into it. Not for lack interest in Beryl Markham. ( )
  Okies | Mar 8, 2021 |
In a word: lush!

I liked this even more than the Paris Wife (and I definitely liked Paris Wife more than Hemingway's Moveable Feast).

Circling the Sun is based on the fascinating life story of Beryl Markham, the first person to fly the Atlantic east to west in a solo, non-stop flight. Beryl was four years old when she was abandoned by her mother. She grew up on her father's ranch in Kenya and was cared for by the native Kipsigis people. Author Paula McLain has Beryl say: "I've sometimes thought that being loved a little less than others can actually make a person, rather than ruin them.” Unschooled, independent, adventurous, and brash, she was a pioneering female racehorse trainer and bush pilot.

When reading historical fiction, I always wonder how much is true. Author Paula McLain answered this in a general way in an interview:
I don't make up events for my historical characters, or imagine fictional characters for them to interact with... What I do make up and then dramatize is the inner lives of my characters, their thoughts and feelings, and all the dialogue. I also feel very free to embellish setting and details of place, etc. Imaginative embellishment is what puts flesh on the dry bones of history, and I think Ms. McLain does it extraordinarily well.

I was inspired to put Beryl Markham's autobiography West With the Night on my to-read list, of which Hemingway wrote: she has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer. I felt that I was simply a carpenter with words, picking up whatever was furnished on the job and nailing them together and sometimes making an okay pig pen. But [she] can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves as writers ... it really is a bloody wonderful book. I wonder would he say the same about Circling the Sun?

I was so taken by the lush descriptions of Kenya that I thought please, please, please! have visited the country, but alas! google tells me Paula McLain visited Kenya only after the book was drafted. So I watched Out of Africa, a movie I had on the shelf because it was a favorite back in the day. The same characters populate both stories (Karen Blixen wrote Out of Africa using her pen name Isak Dinesen). Beryl is the character Felicity. I got the dose of realism I craved as the movie was mainly shot on location in the Ngong hills of Kenya.

I got the paperback at Goodwill, where the beautiful cover caught my eye. It's printed on acid-free paper and set in Granjon.

Around the year in 52 books challenge notes:
#7. A book set in the southern hemisphere (the equator runs through Kenya). ( )
  Linda_Louise | Jan 20, 2021 |
True story of a woman who in some ways acted more like a man with her abilities, ambitions of horse training and flying. Most of book is about horse racing, society drinkers and little about flying. Nice descriptions of her growing up in Kenya, respect for the tribal ways, true love and respect for horses. When she grows up, her father rather insists she marries a man who is a drinker with strong society values. Although she does not fit that, Beryl becomes friends with rich English people with low moral values. Her love for Denys seemed more infatuation, both too free spirited to follow conventional ways. Beryl seemed to do what she wanted to have money and freedom. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
Beryl grew up in Kenya in the early 20th century. Her mother left when she was only 4-years old, and took Beryl’s brother with her, home to England. But, Beryl and her father wanted to stay in Kenya on their farm. Beryl grew up quite independent (though she married a few times). She went on to train horses and eventually she learned to fly.

I listened to the audio and missed parts of the book. I have no idea where her second husband came from, but I didn’t like him, nor her first husband (first husband was worse, but the second husband – though seemed better initially, really wasn’t). I didn’t like Beryl much, either - particularly the sleeping with a friend’s (or acquaintance’s?) husband. I guess there weren’t really any characters I liked. The first chapter started off with something about the flying, and it took ages to get back to it. I began to second-guess that Beryl had even done that, but they finally came back around to it almost at the end of the book. And I don’t think she ever came back to what happened with the “ornery” horse. I wanted to know! What happened!? Overall, though, I’m rating the book ok. ( )
  LibraryCin | Oct 28, 2020 |
Paula McLain is good at bringing historical figures to life through fiction. She has a knack for capturing the person's essence and the time period and she does it so smoothly it is easy to take it all as fact. Here she writes from the viewpoint of Beryl Markham, British transplant to Kenya as a child during the waning years of the Empire, but most solidly fixed in the 1920s. Beryl has had an unconventional upbringing, allowed to run free on her father's horse farm after her mother abruptly quits colonial life and returns to civilized London with her son, Dickie, the brother Beryl loses at age 5. Beryl is accepted by the local tribe and grows up with one of the boys, later re-named Ruta, and has his undying loyalty well into adulthood which is a beautiful story in itself. He tells her with tribal wisdom: "A new thing is good, though it be a sore place." She breaks a lot of boundaries, professionally -- becoming a licensed horse trainer and winning prestigious races with her horses, of course her flight across the Atlantic in 1936 -- which is rather tangential here, and socially, refusing to be "tamed" by conventions, marrying young, taking lovers, and divorcing, and then becoming involved with Denys Finch Hatton, Isak Dinesen's (Karen Blixen) lover. Kenya is a character in itself, brought to life with vivid description and worshipful appreciation. Beryl's ties here are really another of her love relationships. The depiction of the 20s, out of the shadow of the crown is fascinating in that clearly "anything goes" and the rich are above social constraints and morality. Beryl mostly keeps to herself, intent on doing the work (horse training) she loves and lives a pretty bare bones existence until her love for Denys makes her realize what she is missing. "Whatever suffering has come is the necessary cost of such wonders....the beautiful thrashing we do when we live." She absolutely lives life to the fullest, close to the earth and with intention, even if that is sometimes selfish abandon. She says: I had forged myself out of brokenness, learning to love wildness instead of fearing it. To thrive on the exhilaration of the hunt, charging headlong into the world even -- or especially -- when it hurt to do it." (351) Like her other novel, The Paris Wife, and in the tradition of Nancy Horan's Loving Frank and Melanie Benjamin's Alice I have Been, social history comes to life in compelling story-telling. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
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Chapman, IsabelleTraductionautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Dinçer, YaseminÜbersetzerautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Klynstra, LauraDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
McEwan, KatherineNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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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.
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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"--

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