H Is for Hawk

H Is for Hawk

Audiobook CD - 2015
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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 Sword and the Stone 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
Publisher: [Ashland, Oregon] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., [2015]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2015
ISBN: 9781481530965
Branch Call Number: CD 598.944 Macd
Characteristics: 9 audio discs (11 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in


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Nov 18, 2017

I just pulled this from the shelf with no idea what it was about. Listening at night, I find the author's voice mesmerizing. I, too, have difficulty with the captivity of the goshawk but appreciate the attempt at understanding the bird (and her relationship with the bird), and the parallel thread of processing grief. I also appreciated her discussion of other enthusiasts - those with no insight wishing to control the bird, those with no patience, those with mechanical knowledge. Reminded me of the variety of parents of small children I often see.

Jul 17, 2016

H is for Hawk: Mabel, is well-drawn and very appealing as the central figure and for being herself -- a hawk. If she had been able to write, perhaps the book would've been much more succinct and appealing.
H is for Helen: The author seems both to get in the way and at times remove herself from the central drama, making it harder to relate to her. She is sympathetic for giving voice to the hawk's story, less so for overwrought musings about whether she has ruined her hawk and why her hawk doesn't want to relate to her, together with her almost clinical observation of the suffering of others.
H is for History: T.H. White should have been relegated to an appendix after a couple of paragraphs for context.
H is for Hesitant: I am hesitant to heartily recommend the book as an enjoyable read although it does have its merits.


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