Amber Lea Starfire, at Writing Through Life, has begun her new Reading for Writers series, focused on memoir, beginning with Beryl Markham’s West with the Night.
Amber’s goal is to help us read like writers
in order to make us better writers.
Participants discuss tone, voice, pace, structure, the writer’s style, and word choices.
I encourage you to read the book and participate. Markham’s writing style is one of my favorites—I often read her passages several times to take in the beauty and art of her words.
She’s a master wordsmith.
Ernest Hemingway said of West with the Night, “Written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer…. [Markham] can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves as writers….”
From the back cover: Markham’s “storytelling easily earns her a place on the shelf with contemporaries (and friends) such as Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Isak Dinesen. West with the Night is one of the world’s great adventure stories, a true classic of twentieth-century literature.”
Even if you don’t read the book, I hope you’ll read Amber’s weekly blog posts and take part in the discussions that follow. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a masterpiece as well as to grow as a writer.
Click on Amber’s post for this week,