Vesper Flights

Vesper Flights

New and Collected Essays

Large Print - 2021 | Large print ed.
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"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. 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 the massive migration of songbirds from the top of the Empire State Building, 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"--Provided by the publisher.
Publisher: [Farmington Hills, Mich.] : Thorndike Press/Gale, 2021, c2020.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781432884864
Branch Call Number: LT 508 MACDONAL
Characteristics: 421 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.


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Feb 11, 2021

Vesper Flights is a collection of diverse personal essays composed with rhythm and beauty about the natural world and humanity. Not every essay will resonate with the reader, but every reader will find something that engages and even moves them.

Jan 04, 2021

Decent writing; personal essays marveling at the magic of nature; UK centric; for a general audience

Oct 29, 2020

A collection of thoughtful essays about nature and human's relationship with it. Sometimes leans more poetic, sometimes more science-based, often a balance of the two.

CCPL_Carly Sep 25, 2020

This collection of essays centered on the natural world is beautiful - and at times, heartbreaking - to read. Macdonald's poetic abilities are on display once again, and I read many passages over again to absorb the lyrical style and deeper meaning. What a wonder to learn about the life of birds high above us, unseen worlds in the sky. Though readers may find that this book feels a bit less personal than the author's memoir, it is still a stunning observation of nature, environmental impact, and being wholly present to observe the world around us.


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