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H Is for Hawk (2014)

af Helen Macdonald

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H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (2015)
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I've never read anything quite like this. It's painful to read about her grief and depression but she's scary honest about all of it. Then there's the hawk. And TH White. It's an amazing work. ( )
  dhenn31 | Jan 24, 2024 |
Had been languishing on my shelf for several years. This is the story of Helen, who is grieving the death of her father. As something to take her mind off the passing of her father, she decides to train a falcon. She was heavily influenced by T. H. White's book, The Goshawk. (He is better known for his book, The Once and Future King). White was a tortured individual and so is Helen. The writing is beautiful and transfixing when describing nature. However, the reader is unsure if at times Helen is describing her own experience or relating something that happened in White's book. The entire book has an mystic quality; making the reader decipher What is real, imagined, or being retold. 300 pages ( )
  Tess_W | Jan 1, 2024 |
The story of a woman dealing with the death of her father and training a hawk. Macdonald bares it all. In the process she also learns a lot about T.H. White. ( )
  dbsovereign | Dec 31, 2023 |
An interesting read, beautifully written in places especially when describing nature, the countryside and the goshawk which the author took on to train as a way of coping with grief over the sudden death of her father. I loved the descriptions of the goshawk's behaviour and the author's realisation that the bird had character and a playful side - was not just a stereotypical killing machine. There were some interesting insights into the history of falconry, it's male dominated character leading to the imposition of certain traits onto the birds, which are actually traits of their trainers, and a lot of information about T H White.

Before reading this, my knowledge about T H White was as the author of The Once and Future King. I certainly had no idea that he was tormented by his sexuality or brought up in an abusive household. The author's fascination with him is because he also attempted to train a goshawk, back in the 1930s, but that due to his own personal demons and his failure to understand certain fundamentals, made a total hash of it and then wrote about his failure. That part of the story is painful and it also rather gets in the way of the contemporary account of the writer's gradual emergence from what sounds like clinical depression. So I found it an interesting book, but with rather too much focus on White, to the point that at one point, a chapter began and I thought she was writing about her own circumstances then discovered that actually she had gone back to White's viewpoint again. So overall I would rate this at 3 stars. ( )
  kitsune_reader | Nov 23, 2023 |
Wow. This is such a powerful book, in many many ways. I learned a lot from it, about hawks, and EB White and his book, The Goshawk, and his life, but also about grieving, loss, and depression. Helen Macdonald works patiently and a bit madly with her goshawk Mabel, and the reader is there with her, in the frustration, in the patience, in the freedom of flight. We're also with her as she helps her hawk kill its prey. Throughout the training Helen grieves the loss of her beloved father, using the hawk as a reason to hold herself apart and avoid people and reality.
The hawk is wiser.
The book is fabulous and I tore through it with that horrible feeling of "I can't put it down" and "I wish it would never end".
I grew impatient at times with the depth of Helen's sorrow, only to realize that I carried the same unaddressed sadness about my dad's death.
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Helen Macdonald’s beautiful and nearly feral book, “H Is for Hawk,” her first published in the United States, reminds us that excellent nature writing can lay bare some of the intimacies of the wild world as well. Her book is so good that, at times, it hurt me to read it. It draws blood, in ways that seem curative.
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There is something religious about the activity of looking up at a hawk in a tall tree.
Bereavement. Or, Bereaved, Bereft. It's from the Old English bereafian, meaning "to deprive of, take away, seize, rob". Robbed, Seized. It happens to everyone. But you feel it alone. Shocking loss isn't to be shared, no matter how hard you try.
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