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Título: H is for Hawk [ CANADIAN 1st/1st]
Editorial: Hamish Hamilton, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Año de publicación: 2015
Condición del libro: Fine
Condición de la sobrecubierta: Near Fine
Edición: 1st Edition
A fine copy in black boards with yellow lettering on the spine in a near fine dust jacket. This is a first Canadian edition with a full number line down to "1". It is a tight, clean copy with no markings of any kind. N° de ref. de la librería 004086
Sinopsis: Destined to be a classic of nature writing, the story of how one woman trained a goshawk.
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 for £800 on a Scottish quayside and takes her home to Cambridge. Then she fills the freezer with hawk food and unplugs the phone, ready to embark on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals.
H is for Hawk is a record of a spiritual journey?an unflinchingly honest account of Macdonald?s struggle with grief during the difficult process of the hawk?s taming and her own untaming. At the same time, it?s a kaleidoscopic biography of the brilliant and troubled novelist T. H. White, best known for The Once and Future King. It?s a book about memory, nature and nation, and how it might be possible to try to reconcile death with life and love.
As John Vaillant?s The Tiger depicted the dangerous collision of people and nature, H is for Hawk evokes our deepest longings for something wild. With stunning language that that resonates long after the book?s conclusion, H is for Hawk is destined to be a classic of nature writing.
An Amazon Best Book of the Month for March 2015: When naturalist and falconer Helen Macdonald lost her beloved father, she ?thought [her] world was ending.? Seems apropos, then, that her journey from crippling grief to something resembling grace is on the wings of another deadly bird of prey--the notoriously prickly, and murderous, goshawk. In H is for Hawk, you will meet Mabel, not your typical bloodthirsty specimen, as she is trained to hunt like the goshawks of yore. It is this brash, slightly mad undertaking that wrenches Macdonald free from despair, and brings her to a place where she can begin again. Doesn?t sound like your kind of thing? You?d be surprised. Macdonald?s gorgeously wrought prose holds you in thrall from the first page, and provides something akin to the escape, and salvation, that nature provides her. In ?Hawk? you will also learn about the famed Arthurian novelist T.H. White, a kindred soul to Macdonald in certain ways. One of the things that endeared him to her was his ?childish delight? with all things wild, something you?ll be hard-pressed not to experience as soon as you tap into this tome. ?Erin Kodicek
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