By T. H. White
(1951) The Goshawk (pronounced GOS-hawk) is about the struggle, frustration, and triumph of the relationship between man and hunting hawk.
It chronicles a concentrated duel between the author and a great hawk. It is the journal of an intense clash of wills during the bird's training in which the pride and endurance of the wild raptor are worn down by the insistent willpower of the falconer. The story is by turns comic and tragic and it is all-absorbing. This is still the best literary book available today on falconry.
T. H. White had a unique understanding of birds, beasts, and fish. He was the author of more than twenty-five books, including England Have My Bones, The Book of Beasts, The Once and Future King, and The Book of Merlyn. White died in 1964.
"I rank The Goshawk as a masterpiece."
Guy Ramsey, Daily Telegraph
"A reader who cannot tell a hawk from a handsaw may be swept along by the storm of
emotion which blows between the man and his bird, and by the freedom and richness of the
romantic treatment of the variations."
Lord Kennet, Sunday Times (London)
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