Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It's amazing what you can accomplish when people around you aren't telling you what you should and shouldn't accomplish. Such is the life of Beryl Markham, raised alongside African tribe members as a child when her family moves to Kenya in the early 1900's. When her mother throws in the towel on the Kenyan experiment, Beryl is left with her father who is so distracted by the challenge of building a farm and finding a way to survive in their new home that young Beryl is left to her own devices about how she should spend her time. She is more or less adopted by the Kipsigis tribe and grows up alongside a young tribesman, Kibii, who becomes a life-long friend. Together they ride horses through the African savannas, throw spears and become acquainted with creatures that would frighten most adults. In short, Beryl becomes totally smitten with her new home. I was so completely enthralled with Beryl's story that I went in search of other facts about her and found a 1988 movie (A Shadow on the Sun) where Stephanie Powers played the renegade. What an amazing life and a fascinating woman!
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