Circling The Sun by Paula McLain

Circling The Sun

Paula McLain takes on the story of Beryl Markham, a woman who challenges the molds of womanhood in early 20th century Kenya.  Markham was a trainer of race-horses, a pilot, and experimented in promiscuity.

Though Beryl Markham was a real person, McLain’s novel is fiction.  From the opening pages, I enjoyed the author’s portrayal of Africa and Markham’s early life.  But as the story progressed, (and Markham became an adult) something seemed missing.  For some reason, I never could feel an attachment to any of the characters.  Markham’s achievements, particularly her career as a professional horse trainer, should have been more developed.  Where were the attachments to certain horses or the thrill of a great win?

I don’t think there was ever a chance I was going to like the Beryl Markham as portrayed by Paula McLain, but I could have enjoyed the book more had McLain focused more on Markham’s career and less on her shallow circle of friends.

3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2016
366 pages

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About Suzanne

I'm a stay-at-home mom with three kids who loves to read.
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