H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

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Winner of the Costa Book Award and the Samuel Johnson Prize

When Helen Macdonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer—Helen had been 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 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.

Heart-wrenching and humorous, this book is an unflinching account of bereavement and a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast, with a parallel examination of a legendary writer's eccentric falconry. Obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history combine to achieve a distinctive blend of nature writing and memoir from an outstanding literary innovator.

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ISBN : 0224097008
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 300 pages


Greg rated it ★★★★☆

October 17, 2014

H is for Hawk This is Mabel. She is a goshawk. I didn’t know what a goshawk was before I started to read this book. I wasn’t actually sure I knew what a hawk was either. “Seriously, Greg? You are forty years old and you don’t know what a hawk is?” Well, sort of. I knew that it is a bird and that it...

Louise rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 23, 2015

Didn't rate this at all. I have to be blunt here. H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald is not my cup of tea in the slightest. To say it won the Costa Book of the Year and to be given widespread praise and five-star reviews by many including being labelled as a ‘soaring triumph’ by the Telegraph, I ex...

Steve rated it ★★★★☆

October 06, 2015

A is for Ascendant Prose to sweep you away B is for Birds With a passion for prey C is for Cambridge She’s one of their scholars D is for Dinero Nice royalty dollars E is for Elegiac So sad when her dad died F is for Flying Bird and soul, side by side G is for Grateful Susan, you pointed the way H is for Hawk A...

Will rated it ★★★★★

July 28, 2017

The archaeology of grief is not ordered. It is more like earth under a spade, turning up things you had forgotten. Surprising things come to light: not simply memories, but states of mind, emotions, older ways of seeing the world. Helen MacDonald had suffered a great loss. In Anna Karenina, Tols...

Julie Christine rated it ★★★★★

July 26, 2016

Here’s a word. Bereavement. Or Bereaved. Bereft. It’s from the Old English bereafian, meaning ‘to deprive of, take away, seize, rob’. Here’s another word: raptor, meaning ‘bird of prey’. From the Latin raptor, meaning ‘robber,’ from rapere meaning ‘seize’. Rob. Seize. Here’s another word: Captivati...

Snotchocheez rated it ★★★☆☆

November 11, 2015

I certainly would not want to dissuade anyone from reading H is for Hawk, Cambridge professor Helen Macdonald's moving memoir of coping with the loss of her photojournalist father. Her twin academic disciplines of English and ornithology (specifically, falconry) provide the source of her occasion...

Diane rated it ★★★★★

August 24, 2015

This is gorgeous nature writing and it is also a graceful memoir about bereavement. Helen Macdonald has managed to blend the two genres beautifully. When Helen's father died, her grief was so great that she decided to adopt a goshawk. Helen had loved hawks since childhood and had studied falconry...

Marita rated it ★★★★☆

December 13, 2016

“The hawk was everything I wanted to be: solitary, self-possessed, free from grief, and numb to the hurts of human life." "I’ve made a hawk part of a human life, and a human life part of a hawk’s, and it has made the hawk a million times more complicated and full of wonder to me." "Hunting with th...

Trish rated it ★★★★★

June 16, 2015

"The archeology of grief is not ordered." Helen Macdonald’s book-length nonfiction is so many things at once: a eulogy, an elegy, a biography, a memoir, a training manual, a journey. It is a conversation about death, and community. It is so filled with passion and pain that one reads, breath bated...

Rebecca rated it ★★★★★

April 12, 2016

In an original blend of memoir, biography and nature writing, Macdonald reveals how raising Mabel the goshawk helped her heal after her father’s sudden death. Throughout, Macdonald compares her own falconry experience to that of T.H. White, who, in the 1930s, was a lonely schoolteacher at Stowe –...

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