Friday, June 10, 2016
H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
This is a very interesting book on two levels. The first is that it is about overcoming grief. The author's father died and she met criteria for major depression in the months that followed his death. She was almost completely disabled as a result and so her decision to train a very difficult bird to be at her beck and call was not one made in the sanest of moments for her. She juxtaposes her love of falconry with her love of her father and how she used one to come to terms with the other. The other interesting theme in this book is her theory about T.H. White using a goshawk as a way to either overcome his homosexuality or to come to terms with it. In either case, his was a failed attempt and hers was not. Very thoughtful and thought provoking read.