In addition to her goshawk, Helen has another companion. The falconry experiences of long dead author T. H. White, (best known for his Arthurian legend books — including The Sword in the Stone), are interwoven with Helen’s story. White’s early book about his own efforts at falconry was a kind of bible during Helen’s childhood. And she returns to the book and White, writing as much about his experiences as her own.
Interesting and unusual story, right? Unfortunately, I found I was not able to get into the deep level of detail about the sport of falconry, which is a big part of reading this book. Instead, I wound up skimming long sections and waiting eagerly for the end. I fully expect there are many who will pick this book up and love its precision. But personally, I found it became tedious.
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