The Writing... Oh the Writing
Have you ever read a book that you thought, "I didn't know that words could be so beautiful?" Some have told me that Shakespeare does this to them. It elevates their reading experience to something sublime.
Beryl Markham did this for me.
Who is Beryl Markham? Well, I'm so glad you asked.
She is someone who writes so wonderfully well that each passage was surprising. She made vignettes from her formative years so captivating through her words that it was difficult to stop. For one brief moment, she talked about a spider and it made me love that spider in a way that hasn't happened since EB White.
It's important to note that Markham's book, West with the Night, isn't for everyone. If you need a plot-heavy book, or one with really strong characters, or one that dives into difficult topics, this book isn't for you.
If you enjoy words and become giddy at words that uniquely combine together in a fresh way. And stories that are very human. Then this book is for you.
I was devastated when this book was over. I'll have to search to see if Markham wrote another book. If so, I need it in my life.