Recently I asked the author about what he was reading. Sweazy's reply:
I’m currently reading H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. I’ve long been interested in birds, especially raptors, birding, and nature writing in general to help feed my own sense of place, so it wasn’t a surprise that this book caught my attention. Highly acclaimed and a number one bestseller in the UK (United Kingdom), H is for Hawk is one of the most beautifully written books I’ve read in a long time. The author has a wonderful eye for landscape, an impeccable sense of timing, and a poetic use of language that pulls the reader into her world effortlessly. But make no mistake, this is no easy read. It is a memoir that concerns the death of her father, her recovery through grief by training a goshawk to trust her, a treatise on falconry, and an in-depth look at the difficult and troubled life of the writer, T. H. White. The Economist called it, “One part memoir, one part gorgeous evocation of the natural world, and one part literary meditation.” I think that quote sums this book up perfectly and I believe it deserves all the praise it has received.Visit Larry D. Sweazy's website and blog.
Consider this passage: “When the rain stopped the heat began. Dogs panted flat in the black shade under the limes, and the lawns in front of the house paled and burned to hay. A damp, hot wind pushed leaves about but failed to cool anything; it was a wind that made things worse, like stirring a hot bath with your hand.”
Reading this book is like eating a fine meal, one that I wish not to end. I’m sure that I will read H is for Hawk more than once.
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