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We were evenly divided on this book last night but as we are book champions I’m reblogging this very positive, insightful post which I found very helpful.

Lady Fancifull

H is for HawkLove, death and the wild, wide world

Helen MacDonald’s aching, raw story of loss and relationship speaks so much of longing that reading it is as much about being fed, sustained by grief, as her hawk is fed by the death it has dealt. Indeed the two, love and death, are linked.

We carry the lives we’ve imagined as we carry the lives we have, and sometimes a reckoning comes of all the lives we have lost

We love because we will lose, or be lost to, that which we love. It’s the presence of death which fiercens the love. Mabel, Helen’s hawk, is of course overwhelmingly real – but that reality is thickened by all the metaphors accreting to her. The potency is the potency of what the hawk represents, in history, in literature, in imagination to us.

Accipiter_gentilis_-owned_by_a_falconer_in_Scotland_-upper_body-8aWiki Commons, Photographer Steve Garvie

To me she was bright, vital…

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