Summary: Paula McLain, author of the phenomenal best seller The Paris Wife, now returns with her keenly anticipated new novel, transporting listeners 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…Read more.
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Paula McLain: Circling The Sun Audio Book Summary
This is Beryl Clutterbuck, possibly the least romantic name on the planet, but this is not a romantic novel, but one that is based on reality. Paula McLain in her novel reinvents a story, changes characters and places, is no longer Paris but Kenya, the first wife of Ernest Heminway, Hadley Richardson by the strong Beryl, everything is a well-told fictional memoir.
Circling the sun is narrated in first person by Beryl and it tells the history of its life, from a vivacious youth in the desolate and dusty Kenya to the fame that obtained by being the first woman that crossed the Atlantic ocean. When she was a little girl she was a little removed from the European customs, preferring to go hunting with the local tribe where she felt more empathy. Once he even survived the onslaught of a lion, an anecdote undoubtedly incredible. She married at sixteen but left her husband to become a great racehorse trainer, a person who was ahead of her time and the social standards to which the women of her time were subjected.
Exalted and full of confidence for her success, she dedicates herself fully to all her affairs, including one with “Denys” and this was recorded in history by Karen Blixen in Out of Africa. Nevertheless all their liberalisms opaque to the rigorous moralists and macho cavaliers of their time, those who were free to change their spouses when they had them and who smoked in their pipe haughty and proud while denigrating the women with absolute impunity, they are the same Class of gentlemen with influences who had the power to censor Beryl’s way of life, feeling threatened by her wild spirit, her liberalism provokes scandal between a rigorous and conservative regime and banishes her to England. Without any fear, he returns, marries a gentleman belonging to the aristocracy and takes the helm of his life again, is determined to become a pilot.
Every moment of her life is counted with the same intensity as she lived it and in detail, by the enthusiasm one can assume that the author was indeed fascinated with this character. However Beryl remains a mystery, every stage of his life although nourished by the same spirit is very different, this makes it difficult to understand his character and deeper thoughts.
It should be noted that with each page, the prose of the author is vigorous, agile and fast, which projects really makes you feel that you are there, the plot is without doubt magnificent. The book is pleasantly ambitious, has a very vast repertoire of characters that only enrich history.