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African Themed Reading

Since I have had some time on my hands, I’ve been catching up on some reading. There has been some work-related/professionally-leaning non-fiction in the mix, such as How to Fly a Horse, and Customers Included—both excellent reads. Mostly, I’ve been reading African-themed books. I finished West with the Night, Beryl Markham’s autobiography. I really wanted to like it. Everything about the book and about Beryl Markham seemed as though it should make for a great story. A non-conformist and ahead of her time, she was one of the first bush pilots in Africa and she was the first pilot to fly non-stop, east to west across the Atlantic from England to North America. Sadly, she was a better pilot than story teller. The book wasn’t written well. It could have used a solid editor to guide Markham on what elements would have made for a more interesting read. Even the salacious bits were boring. Meanwhile, I am about one-third of the way through Circling the Sun, a fictionalized account of Markham’s life. There is plenty of truth in the story. As …