A great war, a great love, and the mythology that unites them; The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War is a lyrical adaptation of a beloved classic. Set against the shattering events of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, at the tales heart are an American schoolteacherdynamic and imaginativeand an Irish musician, homeless and hatedwho have survived bloodshed, poverty, and sickness to be thrown together in an English village. Together they quietly hide from the world in a small cottage. Too soon, reality shatters their serenity, and they must face the parochial community. Unknown to all, a legend is in the makingone that will speak of courage and resilience amidst the forces that brought the couple together even as outside forces threaten to tear them apart....
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The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War Reviews
This historical fiction novel set in England after World War I conveys its story through metaphor and magical realism. It follows the framework of the Grimm Brother’s story “The Bearskin,” online here. "The Bearskin" is about a young man who “enlisted as a soldier, conducted himself bravely, and was always at the very front when it was raining bullets. As long as the war lasted all went well, but when peace was made he was dismissed. . . . ” It was then the ex-soldier became an outcast, and wand ...more
A great war, a great love, and the mythology that unites them; The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War is a lyrical adaptation of a beloved classic.
Set against the shattering events of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, at the tale’s heart are an American schoolteacher—dynamic and imaginative—and an Irish musician, homeless and hated—who have survived bloodshed, poverty, and sickness to be thrown together in an English village. Together they quietly hide from the world in ...more
What attracted me to this story was not only the synopsis but also the gorgeous cover. It is a story of the aftermath of war. An America schoolteacher plus an Irish musician have been been touched by the ravages of war. They come together in an English village where they try to hide from the world that has shattered them. However, the small minds of the community wager against them and break into the quiet and serenity this couple so very much need.
This was a beautifully told story, the ...more
OK, so I'm totally biased because I watched this book get born, then grow up. I'm married to the author. (I am of Irish descent but I am not a giant bird.) It started as a slender tale, two stories really, then grew ever more complex and robust, with a mysterious finish that avoids stereotypes. I'm a guy so I was more interested in the war story, and the somewhat mysterious piano. But the story is woven into something much more, so if you like genre-bending literary fiction, with a historical fl ...more
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'Yet it was his eye, or both of them, that attracted the most notice and gossip- their unnerving brilliance. It was hungry and restless; and it earned him his nickname.'
In this fairytale for grownups, an American schoolteacher (spinster, nay old maid) Miss Eva Williams, falls under the spell of the Hawkman, Mr. Michael Evan Sheehan. Sheehan is suffering from the torments of the war, including his time of imprisonment. His vagabond ways have damn ...more
I love the cover and the description is what compelled me to read this book but the story would wander between fairy tales, Michael's time spent in the war and Eva's childhoods and back to the present. The writing is beautiful and I wish I had liked this book more but I needed it to be more focused.
Thank you Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I’d like to thank Netgalley for this copy of The Hawkman in exchange for a fair review.
It’s a bold attempt to link fairytale with historical fiction.
The language is gorgeous and the setting unique ( as The Great War is often over looked). The author braids fairytale with the grit of war.
While that braid doesn’t always seem to fit, I couldn’t fault the author for her creativity. The only sticking point for me was the constant switch between past and present tense.
The first thing I did was read the previous reviews. And I was glad since I was not the only person to feel a bit disconnected with this book.
While the book is good as a one time read, personally it did not call out to me. Usually, readers associate with one or more characters or discover a sense of camaraderie, sympathy or something. I found none of that with this book. I was interested in The Hawkman first for its cover, and then it's blurb. Sadly the book was not evocative enough.
I'd give it ...more