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Equinox : Life, Love, and Birds of Prey - Dan O'Brien


Life, Love, and Birds of Prey

Paperback Published: 1st October 2010
ISBN: 9780803234598
Number Of Pages: 232

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The South Dakota winter gives a man time to think. One subzero morning, as Dan O'Brien approaches his fiftieth year, the autumnal equinox of his life, he takes stock. Feeling a waning sense of purpose, he decides to devote himself entirely, for the first time in his life, to his greatest loves--falconry, his bird dogs, and the prairie he calls home. That summer he obtains a remarkable falcon chick who immediately distinguishes herself by her ferocity. He names the bird Harley and trains her in the ways of falconry. Harley's powers of flight are awe-inspiring, her hunting success astounding, and like a lover, she captivates him. O'Brien hunts with her obsessively, reveling in her prowess and beauty. What he learns from her and from what happens one wind-driven day lead him to see fully things he had only just begun to glimpse. In this lyrical evocation of the grasslands, "Equinox" is a story of a life lived close to the natural cycles of the earth and of a midlife revelation of the importance of staying connected to all things held dear.

"An eye-opening chronicle of interspecies cooperation and a gripping dramatization of how hard-won is the ideal balance between tameness and wildness ... beautifully wrought." Kirkus "Dan O'Brien's Equinox is an improbably beautiful book about the life of a falconer. By comparison, it makes nearly all other sporting books look childishly simple. I can't recommend it too highly." Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall "O'Brien is one of the West's stellar talents, and this is one of his finest books." Publishers Weekly

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ISBN: 9780803234598
ISBN-10: 0803234597
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st October 2010
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.28