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Goshawk [Paperback]

John Evans , Marita Forss
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  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Underground Press (1 April 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1897607083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897607084
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 864,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary nature writing at it's best! 27 April 2013
Curious... the previous supposed "reviewer" wrote their "review" before the book was even published and on sale!? Wonder how that could happen? Hm, smacks of another pathetic attempt by the Welsh arts council minnions to try to discredit yet another writer outside their little establishment clique. Their various escapades are laughable really. Anyway, this is another excellent work by John Evans, and the book is also wonderfully illustrated by the acclaimed artist, Marita Forss. The text is informative and inspiring. I was captivated by the imagery and lyrical use of language. Fascinated to learn about the life and habitat of the Goshawk. And saddened to read about the peresecution this bird has had to endure for many, many, years. Nature writing for the 21st Century by one of our finest writers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Goshawk - study of a rare bird of prey. 29 April 2013
This book is an intense focus and study of a rare bird of prey, the Goshawk

The writing has energy, and excitement. It has musicality: alliteration, assonance, repetition, and rhyme, all woven together to create an almost hypnotic spell. The imagery is excellently crafted. Precise and vivid descriptions of the bird appear alongside clear and sharp depictions of landscape.

Goshawk is a magical book: a birdwatchers field study; a visceral invocation; a metaphysical meditation on the life and world of a hawk. And, the illustrations throughout are a perfect accompaniment

John Evans is a writer, filmmaker, and naturalist. He is also know for publicly campaigning on issues affecting wildlife and the environment. He was also one of the writers who famously spoke out about the lack of democracy and accountability in the policies and practices of the quasi-masonic arts council funded quango (Academi) who control literature in Wales. To pardon a pun: this man has ruffled a few feathers!

This book is a welcome step-forward in wildlife writing, and landscape poetry - John Evans, has created his own contemporary pastoral tradition

As he says in his introduction, this book is a homage to the Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) and both the book and bird are indeed worthy of high praise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Goshawk - A Modern Masterpiece 28 April 2013
John Evans, seemingly loathed by the Welsh establishment but a hero to many, for his willingness to not only write about the issues that affect our nation but also to be one of the few writers in Wales that actually stands up for what they believe - whether it's social deprivation and unemployment, or campaigning to safeguard our wildlife and environment, he is one of the few voices to be heard.

His latest work, `Goshawk', is contemporary nature writing at its best. It challenges the usual norms and pastoral tendencies in nature poetry, and defies convention, to take us with him on a journey to the kingdom of this rare bird of prey. The writing is lyrical, vivid and magical. There are also facts, yes, the natural history of the Goshawk: `Shot and trapped to the edge / Strung on a fence where crows hang'. Yet, this is a spiritual odyssey, a spell and incantation - the writer invoking the spirit of the bird and landscape, inciting and challenging the reader to look beyond what the eye sees: `And all the trees / Calling / Calling up / The earth whispers / Sound / Of the crows'.

The poetry is taken from his field notes and journals after spending a number of years studying the Goshawk close-up. The book has a wonderful cover and the beautiful illustrations inside of both the bird, and the landscape it inhabits, are also magical and perfectly accompany the text.

John Evans is up there with other great modern nature writers like Richard Mabey and Robert Macfarlane, yet his poetry here reminds me most of Gerard Manley Hopkins' `The Windhover'. The poetry here has similar spiritual qualities and moves me in the same way - I can think of no greater endorsement of this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars childrens book 26 April 2013
awfull pamphlet of poetry really .with child like drawings through
out .only photo of a goshawk is on the front cover
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