February 2, 2019
The section of the introduction of West with the Night that left the biggest lasting impression on me was the fact that Beryl Markham’s ex husband tried to take credit for writing her book, even though you can see through the descriptions of her character by Sara Wheeler, that she is a very strong woman. Her book was a best seller for 40 weeks. Being raised in Africa by her father while her mother and brother were living in England, Beryl needed to have her own internal strength in order to handle the obstacles life threw her way. When thinking of women pilots who were sensational during their time, Beryl Markham is not the first name that comes to mind, at least for me. Of course, you think of Amelia Earhart, but Beryl Markham should be considered of the same caliber as Earhart. Markham openly stated that she did not write this book to be an autobiography about her life, and you can see that when you realize she choose to not include any of her husbands or her child. I expect this book to embody feminine strength, and the ability for a woman to take the necessary risks in order to achieve her dreams, and I am certainly excited to see how Markham takes these risks and how she handled the...