Wednesday, May 06, 2015

H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald

Completely overwhelmed by grief at the sudden death of her father, Helen McDonald tried to distance herself from her acute sorrow by undertaking the rearing and training of a goshawk. She struggled to maintain any semblance of a normal life during her chosen method of recovery from loss, and she found parallels in her own fractured existence and that of the writer T. H. White, who had also withdrawn from the world to find a strange solace in the training of a goshawk. 

H is For Hawk is, at turns, a sometimes harrowing meditation on the unbalancing effects of her unforeseen bereavement, a frequently painful account of the taming of this most difficult of raptors and a haunting commentary on the tragic life of T. H. White.

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