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H Is For Hawk (Vintage Books) por Helen…
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H Is For Hawk (Vintage Books) (original 2014; edição 2014)

por Helen Macdonald (Autor)

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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 Once and Future King 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.By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, this book is an unflinching account of bereavement, a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast, and the story of an eccentric falconer and legendary writer. Weaving together obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history, H Is for Hawk is a distinctive, surprising blend of nature writing and memoir from a very gifted writer.… (mais)
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A memoir, an exploration of depression and a fascinating deep dive into world of trained hawks. ( )
  Catherine.Cox | Jun 20, 2024 |
I've long wanted to read this, so I made it one of my book club selections. I really enjoyed the author's experiences with Mabel the goshawk (oh did I grow attached to Mabel and was sad to hear the author mention that she had died rather suddenly after 6 years with the author, this isn't a spoiler because I found this out from watching an interview with Helen Macdonald), but I found myself increasingly disinterested in T.H White. It wasn't clear to me, by the end, why I was reading about T.H White, apart from his failed training of a goshawk. It was also hard to keep track of when the author was taking about herself or White, especially because I listened to it. I would've been more interested in some of the loose threads that could've been expanded upon. For example the page or so she spent talking about how nature can be a healing/restorative balm for grief. I would have loved to see the author expand on that idea and how she began experiencing nature after her father's death.

None the less, Macdonald is a fantastic writer and an engaging public speaker (watching interviews with her helped me to appreciate her story more) and I will probably eventually read her next book. ( )
  jenkies720 | Jun 7, 2024 |
I may be one of the few people who didn't love this book. A more accurate rating for me would be 2.5 stars.

I was very excited to read this memoir by Helen Macdonald as I am a birder and was drawn to the idea that the author turned to raising a goshawk as a way to channel her grief over the sudden death of her father. The book starts off promisingly, and much of the language is lyrical and just beautiful to read. However, I found myself less and less interested while reading -- to the point where finishing the book seemed more like a chore than a pleasure.

Macdonald spends quite a large portion of the book analyzing the life an writings of author TH White, who wrote a book titled "The Goshawk." For me, I found the constant flashbacks to White to be a drag on the book. Frankly, I think I would have liked the book much better had she only focused on her experience instead making parallels to White's book.

For those interested in the subject matter, and the patience for a slow-moving book, I would recommend H is for Hawk. Others should probably skip it. ( )
  jj24 | May 27, 2024 |
All the reviews say that this is a wonderful book beautifully written. And that may be. But I took a strong dislike to the author almost as soon as I started reading and that feeling never went away. This has never happened to me before. Maybe it was my mood. But I think it had to do with two things. One was what felt to me like an overly exaggerated grieving for her father. The other was the dawning awareness that those who train wild raptors to hunt and kill prey are not concerned about being cruel -- not to the prey and not to the bird. ( )
1 vote dvoratreis | May 22, 2024 |
This beautiful book just blew me away. A powerful and deeply emotive memoir on grief, a fascinating primer on falconry, a treatise on the nature of relationships between humans and other species, and so much more. My heart is a little bit more cracked after finishing H is for Hawk, but that's alright. I feel like I'm also wiser for it, and with more capacity for kindness, and that is everything that I love about being a reader. ( )
  punkinmuffin | Apr 30, 2024 |
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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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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 Once and Future King 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.By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, this book is an unflinching account of bereavement, a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast, and the story of an eccentric falconer and legendary writer. Weaving together obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history, H Is for Hawk is a distinctive, surprising blend of nature writing and memoir from a very gifted writer.

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