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Helen Macdonald (1) (1970–)

Autor/a de H Is for Hawk

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Obres de Helen Macdonald

H Is for Hawk (2014) 4,345 exemplars
Vesper Flights (2020) 725 exemplars
Prophet (2023) 124 exemplars
Falcon (2005) 120 exemplars
Shaler's Fish: Poems (2001) 53 exemplars
Poems on Nature (2019) 9 exemplars
Recovery: Vintage Minis (2019) 3 exemplars

Obres associades

The Best American Travel Writing 2016 (2016) — Col·laborador — 99 exemplars
Pasta for Nightingales: A 17th-Century Handbook of Bird-Care and Folklore (2018) — Prefaci, algunes edicions43 exemplars
A Rage for Falcons (1984) — Introducció — 41 exemplars
First Light: A celebration of Alan Garner (2016) — Col·laborador — 29 exemplars
Women on Nature (2021) — Col·laborador — 21 exemplars
Refugee Tales: Volume II (2017) — Col·laborador — 12 exemplars


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H is for Hawk a Non-Fiction Readers (abril 2021)
H is for Hawk a Birds, Birding & Books (març 2021)
On field guides - Helen Macdonald a Birds, Birding & Books (juny 2015)


I resisted this book for some time, even though it looked interesting, simply because it had become, according to the critics, a 'must-read. I'm now joining the chorus urging everyone who hasn't yet done so, to read it. It's part nature writing - sumptuous, evocative, richly descriptive, each word carefully chosen: part autobiography of a woman overturned by grief at the death of her father; part biography of TH White, author of 'Sword in the Stone' and 'The Goshawk', and so much more; part manual on learning to fly a goshawk - I now now for sure this is something way beyond my capabilities and my patience.

Her misery at her father's death has not enabled her to present him as a vivid character in his own right. But her portrait of the painful life of White is a fascinating one, and likely to make me re-discover books I haven't read since I was a teenager. Likewise, her picture of the countryside of Cambridgeshire makes it seem more rewarding than I had previously thought. I remained fascinated by her descriptions of training Mabel, her hawk, and her musings on her relationship with her, and the feelings of both of them towards the bird's prey.

Her own miseries were harder to understand, and finally somewhat wearied me. But this is a splendid book for the richness of its prose, and the chance it offers to see two wholly unknown worlds: that of the falconer, and that of TH White.
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Margaret09 | Hi ha 277 ressenyes més | Apr 15, 2024 |
I’ve seen this described as an Inception AU with the serial numbers filed off, which was honestly why I gave it a chance, but unless there’s some identifiable fanon I’m missing, it’s really just trope-adjacent: Sunil, an eerily talented fuckup, is protected by a supercompetent American soldier who is, on the inside, at least as much of a hot mess. Here, Sunil’s talent is the preternatural ability to tell whether someone is telling the truth—actually, it’s worse than that, which he only partially hides: he can assess the truth value of any statement, regardless of whether anyone in the room knows the answer. But he’s, uniquely, never been able to tell if Adam is lying. The military only knows about the lie detector part, which is how he acquired a bunch of his trauma: he was sent to Afghanistan and watched a whole bunch of people get tortured; the interrogators didn’t want to hear that their victims didn’t know anything. Anyway, this is all backstory to the main plot, which is that an American government contractor’s experiment with a psychoactive substance goes very wrong, leading victims to manifest objects that then make them catatonic with a kind of horrific nostalgia. Sunil might be the only one who can figure it out, but will he and Adam ever admit their feelings for each other? (This is why it feels so fannish: lots of mutual pining and wordlessness, and we mostly have to take on faith that they are MFEO. To be absolutely clear, I am fine with this!)… (més)
rivkat | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Apr 11, 2024 |
Ultimately despite all the bells and whistles this is a homosexual love story.. On the surface the novel is about a substance called prophet that when it enters a person forces them to be nostalgic to the point of bringing back items from their past (in particular old toys). The two main characters Adam and Rao are working with this substance and Rao has the ability to drain people of prophet and it seems to have no effect on him. As stated, a sexual tension grows between Adam and Rao.
muddyboy | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Mar 10, 2024 |
This is part of the Reaktion animal series which is a favorite series of mine. Many people will probably try it because of Helen Macdonald’s fame from H is for hawk. She writes well here and her passion for the topic is obvious. All of the Reaktion books explore not just the biology of the animal in question, but also its mythology, its image in art and its intersection with the human world.
One example of that intersection in this book was that falcons had to be cleared from the British coasts during World War II because they kept picking off carrier pigeons.If this is the kind of factoid you enjoy, you’ll love this book and the other books in the series… (més)
cspiwak | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Mar 6, 2024 |



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