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  • Helen MacDonald: a talonted writer

    A haunting story in gripping language. I just could not stop reading. A delight to experience such a well-structured tale. Helen MacDonald allows the reader to become intimately acquainted with her and her goshawk. I really felt initiated into a walk of life I knew hardly anything about before I had read H is for hawk. Besides being a good writer in an academic tradition (it will be hard to find fault with her manner of having structured the book), Helen MacDonald as a person gives the impression of being as amiable as her readers are led to believe her hawk is. It was a revelation to me to find that a bird could display such interesting, almost humanlike characteristics. This book is a description of how difficult it is to deal with sincere emotions, in this case those evoked by the death of the main character's beloved father. At the same time it tells of a rather peculiar prescription against the grief of bereavement: taming a hawk. Essentially it is about coming to grips with the raw deals of life and death. Helen MacDonald has a clever way of weaving in the writings and the tragic life of T.H. White, who 'tamed' a goshawk and wrote about this, but is much better known for his King Arthur books. He seems to play the part of a spirit guide for the main character, although full of human flaws. Reading this book was an enlightening trip into unknown fields.

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  • H is for hawk

    In future days the deep feelings and love for nature portrayed in this book will guide my thoughts and remind me of myself in Darley Park with my pet Jackdaw, Jack.

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  • H is for Hawk

    An excellent read, being the wife of a falconer with a female goshawk I was fascinated by this book.

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  • H is for Hawk.

    A fascinating insight into grief,falconry and T.H.White intertwined into a vey personal account. Loved every page of it.

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  • Haunting & depressing

    I found this book both fascinating & repulsive. I understood her grief & depression after her fathers death, her need to poor this grief into something tangible but i hated the continual description of death. A difficult read.

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