H Is for Hawk


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"As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and read all the classic books, including T.H. White's tortured masterpiece, The Goshawk, which describes White's struggle to train a hawk as a spiritual contest. When her father dies and she is knocked sideways by grief, she becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She buys Mabel ... on a Scottish quayside and takes her home to Cambridge. Then she fills the freezer with hawk food and unplugs the phone, ...

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Feb 21, 2016


This book is so good--uplifting while dealing with the difficult subject of death. She writes poetically, beautifully. When lauded books turn out to be as good as, or even better than, the praise, I am captured.


Aug 22, 2015

a good read

I enjoyed this book very much, even though I had no previous knowledge of hawking. I took a star off my rating because there are some passages in the book that I thought could have been omitted. I got very weary of hearing about EB White. I wanted more about Ms. MacDonald. The book is superbly written and for that reason alone should be read. It was moving and fascinating.

Katherine H

Jun 8, 2015

Bought for Fathers Day

Couldn't resist reading before gifting. Bought because of our last name.

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