Vesper Flights

Macdonald’s bite-size essays offer meditations on home, placelessness, the refugee crisis and climate change, all projected through animals.

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Review of ‘Vesper Flights’

In her follow-up to 2015’s H Is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald examines intersections—of the natural world and the global one, of the scientific and the spiritual, of human and animal, of the modern world and the ancient, enduring one. Her literary pupil contracts and dilates over and over throughout Vesper Flights. An avid observer of minute detail,…

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