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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Review: The Peregrine: The Hill of Summer & Diaries: The Complete Works of JA Baker

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Some of the most brilliant nature writing I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Read full review

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"Whatever is destroyed, the act of destruction does not vary much. Beauty is vapor from the pit of death." Read full review

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Contents

BEGINNINGS
9
PEREGRINES
19
THE HUNTING LIFE
39
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About the author (1967)

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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