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H Is for Hawk (2014)

de Helen Macdonald

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When Helen Macdonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer 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.… (mais)
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T H White sure was a sad and lonely man. Helen Macdonald sure is a good writer. ( )
  misslevel | Sep 22, 2021 |
Not for me. Tried so hard - almost finished it, but ultimately gave up. A couple of good paragraphs where the author describes her relationship with the hawk. The rest of the story is circular, repetitive and seemingly deep while actually skimming the surface of any real emotion or meaning. ( )
  Jean.Walker | Aug 1, 2021 |
I've been in such a melancholy mood lately, and while it's nowhere as intense as losing a parent, it was a great comfort to listen to this book. One of the reasons I like turning to books about nature is for the disconnect from the human world, how the lives of flora and fauna have little regard for us beyond how we encroach on their environment. Macdonald sums this up nicely at the end:

"Goshawks are things of death and blood and gore, but they are not excuses for atrocities. Their inhumanity is to be treasured because what they do has nothing to do with us at all."

Contrary to what it appears other people struggled with, I found the passages about T.H. White interesting in how she compared her own grief and training process with his. The audio of this was fantastic--I wonder if I would have been as into the book had it not been for hearing her voice tell her own story. Wonderful book all around. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
Surprisingly readable. Well constructed prose that weaves Macdonald’s falconry experiences into her interpretation of T. H. White’s, both locked in an obsessive battle of wills with goshawks to process grief. Macdonald shows scholarly appreciation for history, literary criticism, and linguistics (a hawk in hunting condition is in yarak, Turkish for weapon but commonly slang for dick). More disciplined editing, esp. in her passages on White, could have made the book tighter. ( )
  jiyoungh | May 3, 2021 |
H IS FOR HAWK is written by Helen Macdonald. Ms. Macdonald is an English writer, naturalist and an affiliated research scholar at the University of Cambridge.
H IS FOR HAWK has won untold prizes and recognition. The title appears on many (too many to count) Best Books Lists.
H IS FOR HAWK is a book about falconry.
It is a book about training a goshawk.
It is a memoir; an auto-biographical account of a period in Ms. Macdonald’s life when she was reeling from the sudden death of her father.
It is a book about deep, all-consuming sorrow and despair. A book about grief, loss and ultimately hope.
I was very interested in the study of falconry with its world-wide, diverse cultures and techniques. Fascinating. I always like a ‘naturalist’s’ point of view and descriptions.
The lyrical narrative was very mesmerizing.
It was a love poem to birds, in general. An ode to hawks, in particular.
Much of the book was taken up with Ms. Macdonald’s study of T. H. White. While I found ‘her’ writing very interesting, I was not at all impressed with T.H. White.
I also found all the death and the tearing apart of small animals’ limbs and organs very off-putting.
Some of the passages resonated so much with me that I include them here.
“Looking for goshawks is like looking for grace: it comes, but not often, and you don’t get to say when or how.” p. 5
“”Hunting with the hawk took me to the very edge of being a human. Then it took me past that place to somewhere I wasn’t human at all. The hawk in flight, me running after her, the land and the air a pattern of deep and curving detail, sufficient to block out anything like the past or the future.” p. 195
“Hunting makes you an animal, but the death of an animal makes you human.” p.196

A very resonating memoir. Highly recommended. **** ( )
  diana.hauser | Apr 17, 2021 |
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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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When Helen Macdonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer 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.

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