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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

H is for Hawk (original 2014; edition 2014)

by Helen Macdonald (Author)

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Title:H is for Hawk
Authors:Helen Macdonald (Author)
Info:Vintage Digital (2014), 327 pages
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H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (2014)


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A lushly written story of taking a hawk and occasionally dealing with loss. The passages that tackled bereavement were all the more powerful for their infrequency; in truth we throw ourselves into action. Macdonald writes beautifully about nature and death. Sad, hopeful, and beautiful. Well deserving the praise. ( )
  alexrichman | Mar 14, 2017 |
My blog post about this book is at this link. ( )
  SuziQoregon | Mar 7, 2017 |
I feel I gave this one a good try, but I'm abandoning it as a DNF. I like memoirs but this one is not my cup of tea.
  janb37 | Feb 13, 2017 |
Liked about two-thirds of it, with very convincing and amusing descriptions of the goshawk and its behaviour, in combination of the experiences of the writer T H White, almost a century earlier. It also entails a convincing interpretation of White's psychology, his struggles with life and the world. The last part of the book seems superfluous, more or less repeating what has been said earlier. ( )
  stef7sa | Jan 5, 2017 |
Read ch 7
  cartet56ln | Dec 31, 2016 |
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Helen Macdonald’s beautiful and nearly feral book, “H Is for Hawk,” her first published in the United States, reminds us that excellent nature writing can lay bare some of the intimacies of the wild world as well. Her book is so good that, at times, it hurt me to read it. It draws blood, in ways that seem curative.
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Forty-five minutes north-east of Cambridge is a landscape I've come to love very much indeed.
The archaeology of grief is not ordered. It is more like earth under a spade, turning up things you had forgotten.
Using his pencil, he shaded the page of his notebook with graphite, and there, white on grey, impressed on the paper from the missing page above, was the registration number of the secret plane. He stopped crying, he said, and cycled home in triumph.
There is something religious about the activity of looking up at a hawk in a tall tree.
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When Helen Macdonald’s father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer—Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood—she’d never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk’s fierce and feral anger mirrored her own. Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel, and turned to the guidance of The Sword and the Stone author T.H. White's chronicle The Goshawk to begin her journey into Mabel’s world. Projecting herself "in the hawk's wild mind to tame her" tested the limits of Macdonald’s humanity.

By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, this book is an unflinching account of bereavement; a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast; and the story of an eccentric falconer and legendary writer. Weaving together obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history, H is for Hawk is a distinctive, surprising blend of nature writing and memoir from a very gifted writer.

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"The falcon: a powerful, beautiful and charismatic predator, and the fastest animal in the world. Whether loved, hated, or feared, whether worshipped as a god, valued as a hunting companion, or used as a corporate or heraldic symbol, falcons have fascinated humans for millennia. This book sheds compelling new light on this extraordinary bird, and on the cultures through which it has flown. It includes falcon myths and legends, the ancient sport of falconry, falcons as denizens of modern cities, falcon natural history and conservation, and how falcons have been recruited as symbols and weapons of war. Illustrated and packed with a wealth of fascinating information, Falcon will be an indispensable guide to a fascinating animal."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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