synopsis: markham relates her childhood in kenya and her experiences as a professional pilot
setting: kenya, 1910s-1930s
what i liked: pretty much everything, but especially reading about markham’s childhood there and her adventures as a pilot. her story about flying north through africa on her way to england was particularly suspenseful.
what i didn’t like: markham makes a couple comments about kenyans that clearly betray she’s a british woman living during colonialism. i doubt it fazed her contemporaries, but it’s jarring to modern readers since many of us recognize those sentiments are unfounded and discriminatory.
final thoughts: read this if you like memoirs or travelogues or kenya or airplanes. i liked it! (and so did hemingway, for what that’s worth.)