Vesper Flights

Vesper Flights Review

Animals don't exist in order to teach us things, but that is what they have always done, and most of what they teach us is what we think we know about ourselves.

Helen Macdonald's bestselling debut H is for Hawk brought the astonishing story of her relationship with goshawk Mabel to global critical acclaim and announced Macdonald as one of this century's most important and insightful nature writers. H is for Hawk won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction and the Costa Book Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction, launching poet and falconer Macdonald as our preeminent nature essayist, with a semi-regular column in the New York Times Magazine.

In Vesper Flights Helen Macdonald brings together a collection of her best loved essays, along with new pieces on topics ranging from nostalgia for a vanishing countryside to the tribulations of farming ostriches to her own private vespers while trying to fall asleep. Meditating on notions of captivity and freedom, immigration and flight, Helen invites us into her most intimate experiences: observing songbirds from the Empire State Building as they migrate through the Tribute of Light, watching tens of thousands of cranes in Hungary, seeking the last golden orioles in Suffolk's poplar forests. She writes with heart-tugging clarity about wild boar, swifts, mushroom hunting, migraines, the strangeness of birds' nests, and the unexpected guidance and comfort we find when watching wildlife. By one of this century's most important and insightful nature writers, Vesper Flights is a captivating and foundational book about observation, fascination, time, memory, love and loss and how we make sense of the world around us.

Title:Vesper Flights
Edition Language:English

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    Vesper Flights Reviews

  • Paromjit

    The award winning Helen Macdonald's eye wanders far and wide in this thoughtful, sensitive, poetic and beautifully written collection of essays, some more substantial than others, on the complexities ...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Audiobook....read by Helen Macdonald It took me awhile to finish this audiobook/memoir....I enjoyed these essays a little at a time - best when being outdoors myself. There are over 40 essays...about ...

  • Diane S ?

    We are in, what the scientists are calling, the sixth extinction. This is a man-made event due to our actions and inactions. Though McDonakd is aware of this, that is not the main focus of these wonde...

  • JimZ

    This book consists of 41 essays about nature, and sometimes about humans, and sometimes about humans interacting with other species on our planet Earth. Helen Macdonald writes very well. I do believe ...

  • Vartika

    To be human is to see ourselves as the center of the world, to hold nature at an arms length and look at it as a mirror of ourselves; separate from us but not entirely discrete; a reflection of our ne...

  • Meike

    Naturalist Helen Macdonald, author of the immensely successful H is for Hawk, gives us a collection of 41 (!) texts about the "love for the glittering world of non-human life around us", as she hersel...

  • Kathleen

    Macdonald has written a delightful set of essays chronicling her many encounters with the natural world, particularly with birds. Her excellent writing brings alive the wonder of various bird species....

  • Hugh

    This is Helen Macdonald's first book since H is for Hawk, which made it an obvious one to suggest when I was asked what books I would like as birthday presents. That book was beautiful and deeply pers...

  • Michael Livingston

    I just adore Helen Macdonald - she writes about the natural world with wonder and joy. Nobody captures the feelings that paying attention to animals can bring as well as she does. This is a collection...

  • Richard Derus

    Rating: 3.5* of five, rounded up for the sheer pleasure of the author's writingAlone among the literate world, I was made uncomfortable by the relationship between naturalist Macdonald and Mabel the f...