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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 Once and Future King 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.… (mais)
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This beautiful book just blew me away. A powerful and deeply emotive memoir on grief, a fascinating primer on falconry, a treatise on the nature of relationships between humans and other species, and so much more. My heart is a little bit more cracked after finishing H is for Hawk, but that's alright. I feel like I'm also wiser for it, and with more capacity for kindness, and that is everything that I love about being a reader. ( )
  punkinmuffin | Apr 30, 2024 |
This book is a bit depressing, but I guess if I read reviews before choosing a book, I'd have known that going in. After unexpectedly losing her father, the author decides to add 'goshawk' to the list of birds she has trained--apparently a bird less favored among falconers for it's less tamable, blood-lusty attitude. So the book is a rumination of the parallels between herself; her new bird, Mabel; T. H. White (also a falconer); other authors; and the experiences she has training the bird. I enjoyed how well read she is and learning a bit about falconry, and this is one of the cases where an author reads her own work quite well (surprisingly, in my opinion, many authors don't). ( )
  TraSea | Apr 29, 2024 |
I almost never don't finish a book, but I just couldn't read this one after the first half. There are just too many great books out there to read one I am not enjoying at all. ( )
  mamalovesfour | Apr 26, 2024 |
I resisted this book for some time, even though it looked interesting, simply because it had become, according to the critics, a 'must-read. I'm now joining the chorus urging everyone who hasn't yet done so, to read it. It's part nature writing - sumptuous, evocative, richly descriptive, each word carefully chosen: part autobiography of a woman overturned by grief at the death of her father; part biography of TH White, author of 'Sword in the Stone' and 'The Goshawk', and so much more; part manual on learning to fly a goshawk - I now now for sure this is something way beyond my capabilities and my patience.

Her misery at her father's death has not enabled her to present him as a vivid character in his own right. But her portrait of the painful life of White is a fascinating one, and likely to make me re-discover books I haven't read since I was a teenager. Likewise, her picture of the countryside of Cambridgeshire makes it seem more rewarding than I had previously thought. I remained fascinated by her descriptions of training Mabel, her hawk, and her musings on her relationship with her, and the feelings of both of them towards the bird's prey.

Her own miseries were harder to understand, and finally somewhat wearied me. But this is a splendid book for the richness of its prose, and the chance it offers to see two wholly unknown worlds: that of the falconer, and that of TH White. ( )
  Margaret09 | Apr 15, 2024 |
A lovely book, dealing with love, grief, nature and literature all at the same time. Learned about th white and his Arthurian stories, about Hawks and about dealing with loss ( )
  cspiwak | Mar 6, 2024 |
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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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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.
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Bereavement. Or, Bereaved, Bereft. It's from the Old English bereafian, meaning "to deprive of, take away, seize, rob". Robbed, Seized. It happens to everyone. But you feel it alone. Shocking loss isn't to be shared, no matter how hard you try.
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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 Once and Future King 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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