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West with the Night by Beryl MarkhamThis letter from Ernest Hemingway to Maxwell Perkins in 1942 sums up the book better than I ever could:
Did you read Beryl Markhams book, West with the Night? I knew her fairly well in Africa and never would have suspected that she could and would put pen to paper except to write in her flyers log book. As it is, 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 writers. The only parts of it that I know about personally, on account of having been there at the time and heard the other peoples stories, are absolutely true . . . I wish you would get it and read it because it is really a bloody wonderful book.--Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway almost NEVER sang the praises of other writers, especially not his contemporaries. As result, his acclaim for Markhams work can be seen as high praise indeed.
Ive read this book twice, and it truly is a wonderful read. Her writing is beautiful and seems nearly effortless. There is, however, quite a bit of controversy surrounding this book and its authorship. Some scholars believe that Markham did not actually write the book, that it was acutally penned by Raoul Schumacher, a scriptwriter and acquaintance of Markhams. Either way, the point is moot -- this truly is a bloody wonderful book.
One more item of note: notice the ellipsis in the last sentence of Hemingways letter. I looked it up online to see if anything significant was omitted. The answer is YES -- in this part of the letter, Hemingway describes Markham as being a supreme bitch!!
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