The Peregrine: 50th Anniversary Edition: Afterword by Robert Macfarlane
J. A. Baker’s extraordinary classic of British nature writing was first published in 1967. Greeted with acclaim, it went on to win the Duff Cooper Prize, the pre-eminent literary prize of the time. Luminaries suc...more
"The Peregrine", first pu ...more
On almost every page there is a wonderful simile or collective noun and his prose is the stuff for which fruity voices were made. He does stray on a number of occasions into prose so purple a whole college of Bishops could dress themselves in it but there are so many breathtaking phrases that I could f ...more
It is an odd hobby, to the point of fetish, to spend the day - every day - out in the landscape, regardless of weather, watching the peregrines . . . and the things that they kill. But then you learn this:
Wild peregrines love the wind, as otters love water. ...more
Yet, not more than three stars? I liked the book. All in all, it wasn't amazing or even very good, and so it must be given three stars.
It is extremely difficult to listen to hours and hours of lines that say approximately the same thing, even if t ...more
The book is every bit as stunning as the article suggests. It was written as an elegy for these beautiful raptors, which 50 years ago were on the brink of extinction in the UK because of pesticides. Fortunately things have changed since then and the Peregrine is now safe again. The book is the result of 10 years of observation, distilled into one period from au ...more
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For me, the most fascinating part of this little diary is the focus of the observer, so deep that he becomes the thing he watches. Baker immerses you in a world in which you never had any interest before. It is a unique creation, slow, uneventful, repetitive yet somehow surprising, insightful, revealing.
Oh, and it was recommended by ...more
Baker se muestra fascinado y deseoso de compartir la experiencia ...more
This book really is more about the writer's relationship to nature in general and the peregrine in p ...more
he seeks, finally coming to see the “pouring-away world of no attachment” through the peregrine’s eyes. The transformation is startling, lucid, and u ...more
En el contexto de la errática edición de Sigilo esto debe ser de lo mejor que tienen.
In The Peregrine J.A. Baker describes how he tracked and trekked over months and miles in his native England to watch and record in language like you've never read how peregrines hunt and feed and fly and play and rest. The language he uses to construct his sentences is like none other I have ever read. It's a vivid mix of nature writing and the best poetry. The text is so dense, the sentences are so packed with words bring ...more
HOWEVER-if you want to learn about what it's like to fall in love with a wild thing, to get inside the mind of a hawk, and get thoroughly schooled on how to write beautiful, luscious, descriptive prose, this book is the best example of why we love wild things and how to become a better writer too.
After I get a copy for my s ...more