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The Peregrine: The Hill of Summer & Diaries: The Complete Works of J. A. Baker
The Peregrine: The Hill of Summer & Diaries: The Complete Works of J. A. Baker (Paperback)
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To call J.A. Baker's book a book about birds is similar to saying Moby-Dick is a book about whales. This is so much more than ornithology. It's a marvelously textured, understated, and beautifully written account of a man's quest to learn certain aspects of the natural world--to become part of the corner of the universe he's come to inhabit. Baker's language is precise and poetic and his insights, on the behavior of birds and man, are remarkable. I love this book all out of proportion. --Sparks
The Peregrine, which won the Duff Cooper Prize in 1967, recounts a single year from the author's tenyear 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."
About the Author
J. A. Baker also wrote The Hill of Summer.