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Helen Macdonald (1) (1970–)

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Tekijän teokset

H niin kuin haukka (2014) 4,378 kappaletta
Vesper Flights (2020) 733 kappaletta
Prophet (2023) 130 kappaletta
Falcon (2005) 120 kappaletta
Shaler's Fish: Poems (2001) 54 kappaletta
Poems on Nature (2019) 9 kappaletta
Recovery: Vintage Minis (2019) 3 kappaletta

Associated Works

The Best American Travel Writing 2016 (2016) — Avustaja — 101 kappaletta
Pasta for Nightingales: A 17th-Century Handbook of Bird-Care and Folklore (2018) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset43 kappaletta
A Rage for Falcons (1984) — Johdanto — 41 kappaletta
First Light: A celebration of Alan Garner (2016) — Avustaja — 29 kappaletta
Women on Nature (2021) — Avustaja — 23 kappaletta
Refugee Tales: Volume II (2017) — Avustaja — 12 kappaletta

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H is for Hawk, Non-Fiction Readers (huhtikuu 2021)
H is for Hawk, Birds, Birding & Books (maaliskuu 2021)
On field guides - Helen Macdonald, Birds, Birding & Books (kesäkuu 2015)


Thank the Book Fairies . . . my torture read is over.

I want to thank Penguin Random House South Africa for giving me a proof copy. All opinions are my own.

I don't - normally - read science fiction. I read Jurassic Park and am only starting with Star Wars to see how it goes. I also want to say; I watch a few science fiction series and movies because my husband is a massive fan of science fiction. I have watched X-files tv series, Terminator, Aliens, Star Wars and Jurassic Park.

The above-mentioned was a lot better than this novel. This a forgettable story with forgettable characters. This book was promoted as a science fiction thriller spy novel . . . honestly - I read a lot of thrillers that kept me turning the pages - but I only continued reading this book for the following: The interest in counting a few cuss words.

Please don't think me prejudiced - I cuss a lot but not meaninglessly.

Trigger warnings: Drug abuse, suicide attempt mentioned, prejudice, racism and absent parents.

After reading the first page, I realised the main character Rao is going to climb under my skin. He keeps cussing meaninglessly - every third or fourth word is fuck or a variant of it. He is an ex-MI6 agent - the American government brings in to help investigate objects appearing randomly. On page 100, I already forgot where the plot was going.

Adam teams up or rather plays Rao's babysitter. They start to investigate these objects and talk to citizens - to get information about a facility which they go to. The rest of the novel is a banter between Rao and Adam. There are also a few chapters mentioned before: this is what happened between Adam and Rao when they first met. (What happened to good old-fashion flashbacks?)

There are also chapters explaining one of the character's past - I guess to explain why he is like he is. (I guessed the character by the second chapter of these.)

Adam is as boring as watching the paint dry. Rao as mentioned just got under my skin due to cussing a lot making the story unenjoyable. The slow-burn romance between them is so slow that it becomes unbearably - boring.

Nostalgia as a weapon was an amazing concept - poorly executed.

Interesting tidbits: I am approximating these because I may have miscounted by ranting to my husband about how horrible this book is.

Fuck and all its variants - 404 times
Cunt - 13 times
Shit and all its variants - 140 times

To me, it felt Rao's complete vocabulary existed by these three words. Other cuss words are visible in the novel, but these take the cake. I also felt the book could have done 280 pages less than it is.
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Aya666 | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 16, 2024 |
This beautiful book just blew me away. A powerful and deeply emotive memoir on grief, a fascinating primer on falconry, a treatise on the nature of relationships between humans and other species, and so much more. My heart is a little bit more cracked after finishing H is for Hawk, but that's alright. I feel like I'm also wiser for it, and with more capacity for kindness, and that is everything that I love about being a reader.
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punkinmuffin | 280 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 30, 2024 |
This book is a bit depressing, but I guess if I read reviews before choosing a book, I'd have known that going in. After unexpectedly losing her father, the author decides to add 'goshawk' to the list of birds she has trained--apparently a bird less favored among falconers for it's less tamable, blood-lusty attitude. So the book is a rumination of the parallels between herself; her new bird, Mabel; T. H. White (also a falconer); other authors; and the experiences she has training the bird. I enjoyed how well read she is and learning a bit about falconry, and this is one of the cases where an author reads her own work quite well (surprisingly, in my opinion, many authors don't).… (lisätietoja)
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TraSea | 280 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 29, 2024 |
I almost never don't finish a book, but I just couldn't read this one after the first half. There are just too many great books out there to read one I am not enjoying at all.
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mamalovesfour | 280 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 26, 2024 |



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