H is for Hawk

hardcover, 300 pages

Published Sept. 12, 2014 by Jonathan Cape.

ISBN:
9780224097000

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4 stars (7 reviews)

When Helen Macdonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer, Helen had 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 temperament 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 challenging endeavor. Projecting herself "in the hawk's wild mind to tame her" tested the limits of Macdonald's humanity and changed her life.

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3 stars

Didn't mind the mentions of White but did find it weird that every single chapter it seemed touched on him, would've honestly preferred more focus on the hawk or having just one chapter titled 'White'. Actually, I would have preferred sharper focus on the hawk in general (often it seemed like it was about the emotions the hawk inspired, like the terror it might just fly away, but this might be an odd preference of mine as I know many people might prefer reading about the human emotion bit), more details like the one where she realized the hawk liked to play and wondering if anyone else had ever played with their hawk before.

If you have a lazy day at the library it's not a bad choice at all to pick up and browse through.

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