Books: Man Against Hawk

THE GOSHAWK (215 pp.)—T. H. White —Putnam ($3.50).

"Sha-hou!" cries the hawksman as he sends his bird aloft. Some such command rang through the woodlands of Assyria 3,000 years ago, and carried down the Middle Ages. Every king had his eagles, every earl his peregrines, and even a knave might fly a kestrel. They brought pigeon and duck to the table, and sport to the afternoon.

The Goshawk is the story of one man's attempt to learn the ancient art for himself. In Author T. H. White's case, the attempt grew mostly out of an urge to pit himself against an exacting challenge,...

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