The Peregrine

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New York Review of Books, 1967 - Nature - 191 pages
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From fall to spring, J.A. Baker set out to track the daily comings and goings of a pair of peregrine falcons across the flat fen lands of eastern England. He followed the birds obsessively, observing them in the air and on the ground, in pursuit of their prey, making a kill, eating, and at rest, activities he describes with an extraordinary fusion of precision and poetry. And as he continued his mysterious private quest, his sense of human self slowly dissolved, to be replaced with the alien and implacable consciousness of a hawk.

It is this extraordinary metamorphosis, magical and terrifying, that these beautifully written pages record.

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I fell in love with this book. It has been described as obsessive, which I think is accurate. However, the repetitive rhythms of his daily engagement with peregrine falcons, and an economical yet ... Read full review

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Thanks to Taylor who made this comment: Saw Werner Herzog speak awhile back and he said this is the book that anyone who wants to be a filmmaker should read. Been wanting to read it since! My reply ... Read full review

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J. A. Baker is also the author of The Hill of Summer. He was a native of Essex, England.

Robert Macfarlane's Mountains of the Mind (2003), about wilderness and the Western imagination, won the Somerset Maugham Award and the Guardian First Book Award, among other prizes.

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