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The Peregrine: The Hill of Summer & Diaries: The Complete Works of J. A. Baker

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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.

Synopsis:

The Peregrine, which won the Duff Cooper Prize in 1967, recounts a single year from the author's ten–year obsession with the peregrines that wintered near his home in eastern England. The writing is lyrically charged throughout, as the author's role of diligent observer gives way to a personal transformation, as Baker becomes, in the words of James Dickey, "a fusion of man and bird."

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J. A. Baker also wrote The Hill of Summer.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780007395903
Author:
Baker, J. A.
Publisher:
Collins Publishers
Author:
Fanshawe, John
Author:
Cocker, Mark
Location:
London
Subject:
Nature Studies-Birds
Subject:
Biology-Reference
Subject:
Lifestyle, sport and leisure / The natural world, country life and pets / Wildlife: general interest
Subject:
NATURE / Birds & Birdwatching
Subject:
Nature - Birds and Birdwatching
Subject:
Wildlife: general interest
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
234 x 153 mm

Related Subjects

Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Birds » Birdwatching
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Birds » General
Science and Mathematics » Oceanography » General
Science and Mathematics » Ornithology » General Ornithology and Birding

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The Peregrine, which won the Duff Cooper Prize in 1967, recounts a single year from the author's ten–year obsession with the peregrines that wintered near his home in eastern England. The writing is lyrically charged throughout, as the author's role of diligent observer gives way to a personal transformation, as Baker becomes, in the words of James Dickey, "a fusion of man and bird."
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