Readers of Beryl Markham's lyrical autobiography, WEST WITH THE NIGHT, will enjoy THE SPLENDID OUTCAST, a collection of her short stories, originally published in magazines.
The stories reflect her interests; horses, aviation, Africa. Several spring from real events--bidding at a horse auction, flying through a violent storm, a lion's attack. Others are romances and adventures, typical of the war years when they were written. All are set against the backdrop of an Africa with which she was on intimate terms.
"Full of her offbeat adventures in Africa, Markham emerges from them as a woman of finely tuned observation, as well as courage, cunning and vulnerability." (The New York Times)
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Beryl Markham wrote with wonderful vividness and keen intelligence about things she knew and loved: Africa, flying and horses. Frances Sternhagen reads these stories with a controlled, quiet intensity which matches them perfectly. A lesser performer would have been tempted to overact. Sterhagen sounds like the cultivated, middle-aged woman the author was at the time she wrote these stories. Her character voices are on the understated side, but well-defined. The combined talents of writer and reader leave the listener with a vivid sense of having experienced each story. J.N. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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