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H is for Hawk
H is for Hawk
Author: Helen Macdonald
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 mir...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780802123411
ISBN-10: 0802123414
Publication Date: 3/3/2015
Pages: 300
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

3 stars, based on 22 ratings
Publisher: Grove Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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njmom3 avatar reviewed H is for Hawk on + 1361 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
As a way of dealing with the grief of her father's death, Helen Macdonald seizes upon the idea of training a goshawk she names Mabel. T H White enters the story because his memoir titled The Goshawk is one of her inspirations. This book is part memoir, part biography, and part naturalist guide. Even in a context unfamiliar to me, Helen Macdonald's beautiful writing captures the emotions in a familiar and recognizable way. Therein lies the appeal of this book.

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I had high expectations for this one, and it was amazing. The contrasts that Macdonald manages to hold in balance! Grief and savagery, science and literature, singlemindedness and insanity, bravery and panic, memory and immediacy, studied technique and desperation, commitment and unravelling. Honestly, this book was breathtaking. Highly recommended.
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A bit tough to read. More of a prose of the womans feelings about her life and how it related to the taming of a Goshawk. Makes you wonder if keeping hawks it the right thing to do for these magnificent birds.
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A very intense book that you'll love if you've had any obsession since childhood - even if you have no interest in birds. I thought the way the author brought in TH White's life and psychological problems was absolutely brilliant. White was her mentor at a distance - someone who shared her obsession and taught her much about herself and the world. I plan to reread this book as soon as I get to the end of it - it's that wonderful.