The Goshawk (New York Review Books Classics)

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The Goshawk (New York Review Books Classics)

The Goshawk (New York Review Books Classics)

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Devon Birds * Jameson ended up with much more than a glimpse of the bird, he came away with a better understanding of …Readers of Looking for the Goshawk will do the same, which is reason enough to recommend the book… Looking for the Goshawk provides an inspiration, no matter where you are, to get out and really look. Conor’s cultured writing and enthusiasm for the natural world and the people, like him, who care about it, will carry you along through the chapters. It chronicles White's efforts to apply the falconry methods of the Middle Ages and train a bird named Gos. In the afternoons there was shooting to be done, and on the Friday I had despaired of a pigeon and shot him a Frenchman -- out of season.

But while reading it, I kept thinking that White, who referred to himself as an austringer (a keeper of goshawks) lived in the 1600s. White wrote this account of his attempt to train a goshawk using traditional falconry techniques in 1936. On White's relationship to Sydney Cockerell: One of the bright spots that punctuated White's gloomy life was his warm friendship with Sydney Cockerell, who was, in the words of Noel Perrin, "one of the few human beings the author of The Once and Future King had much use for.You would also love James’s job – if you had the head for heights and the physical and mental stamina. The only White I’ve read is The Sword in the Stone, but I really enjoyed it, and fairly recently too. One of White's scarcest tuitles, the story of his training of a goshawk, a short-winged, powerful hawk considered by many falconers (both modern and medieval) as perhaps the finest and most courageous of hunters. Original unclipped dust wrapper is also smart with light shelf wear and the odd small closed tear to the extremities.

The Northern Goshawk is the largest accipiter of North America, primarily seen in the northern forests. You crushed that correspondent by some excellent replies in which you cruelly referred to him as 'he or she' and he or she made exit crawling backwards mumbling. Old things lost their grip and dropped away; not always because they were bad things, but sometimes because the new things were more bad, and stronger.One obstacle to learning about a new topic, though not insurmountable, is the beautiful strangeness of language. Suffering setback after setback, the solitary and troubled White nonetheless found himself obsessively attached to the animal he hoped would one day set him free. Below that is a handwritten inscription, above a drawing of an arrow-pierced heart, which reads “Kew / 12. It is also the musings of an observant and perceptive naturalist with a discussion of the art and history of falconry, and what he learned about these willful birds and himself.

FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY WHITE: PERHAPS THE BEST POSSIBLE ASSOCIATION COPY, WITH A WARM AND LENGTHY INSCRIPTION TO HIS GOOD FRIEND SYDNEY COCKERELL - CONNOISEUR, BIBLIOPHILE, AND DIRECTOR OF THE FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM.Che è un bellissimo rapace, più o meno un chilogrammo di peso (la femmina è molto più grande del maschio. What a bursting heart of gratitude and triumph as the ravening monster slowly paced down the arm with gripping steps and pounced upon his breakfast! Yet something I read on the back cover or introduction gave me pause and I made the purchase, and am glad I did.

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