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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
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Jan 25, 2015

really liked it

It took me around ten weeks to read this book; I started it and a couple of weeks later I gave birth to my son. Time has not been plentiful and this isn't a light read; plus, her writing style is so dense, so thick and lush that I really wanted to get the most I could out of it. Plus, I don't mind admitting I had to pause every few chapters to look up some of the vocab in a dictionary - annealed, anyone? Lucency? Accipitrine? So it was a slow one. I was discussing it with a friend as I neared the end and we both marveled at what a bizarre proposition it would sound to a publisher - part nature writing, part-grief memoir, part biography. But thank God Jonathan Cape took it on: it's a beautiful, beautiful book that left me astounded by McDonald's gift for painting the hawk and White into life with phrase and metaphor. One of my favourite books of 2014.
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