10 August 2019

Book Beginning: The Goshawk by T. H. White


Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader. Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

When I first saw him he was a round thing like a clothes basket covered with sacking. But he was tumultuous and frightening, repulsive in the same way as snakes are frightening to people who do not know them, or dangerous as the sudden movement of a toad by the door step when one goes out at night with a lantern into the dew.

Here T. H. White is describing his first sight of the goshawk he has just purchased, later to be named Gos. It's a short book, but has a lot of humor as White tries very hard to train Gos to hunt with him. I am reading it after seeing it mentioned in "H is for Hawk" by Helen Macdonald.

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