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Most of the essays in Hall's book are tales of animal rescues or stories of her pets on the farm.
My favorite was "Sunset" where Hall describes guiding several wounded moths to a bush to feel the wind as they died. It brought tears to my eyes.
I could definitely empathize with most of Hall's experience because I too have many pets and am hard pressed to swat even a fly. Hall recounts her many rescues of wildlife her cats and dogs bring to her doorstep.
Aside from her use of quotation marks in unnecessary places, Hall's writing is clear, evocative, and simple. At the same time, her essays strike at the heart, connecting with the reader on a deep, common level.
Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.
Tara Fox Hall lives on a farm in a part of the American countryside that I have never seen and am not likely to visit, but in reading these essays I sensed the same kind of earthy familiarity with the natural world, animals, landscapes and farming neighbours, that permeates the writing of Robert Frost.
Working outdoors and caring for living creatures gives her, as she says, “a feeling of being part of something much bigger, and making a difference in the quality of life of others”, a feeling that many city-dwellers have lost irretrievably. The author describes how she has often rescued small creatures and helped them to survive, or, movingly, how she has helped them to die. She notices creatures such as moths and mice, dragonflies and snakes, and does what she can for them, even while she engages in robust activities such as driving a tractor, shovelling muck and using a gun.
As a lover of cats, she is faced with the inevitable contradiction between the serious destruction of wildlife that they wreak, and the charming and endearing character of the cats themselves. Cats in turn may, of course, fall prey to larger wild animals, hence her need, on one occasion, to fire her gun in the air and scare away the lone coyote which, amazingly, seemed only to want to play with her dogs. This episode is poignant. There is a sense of something just missed, a bewildered estrangement, a message lost forever. Tara Fox Hall knows that animals are individuals, not merely examples of their species, and she speaks to them personally, hoping that they understand her good intentions. It is this attitude of empathy, compassion and openness to the creatures that humanity has not yet destroyed that makes this collection of essays such a refreshing read – like deep breaths of fresh air, indeed.
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Deep Breaths is a collection of reflections on the author's daily life in the idyllic-sounding environment in which she lives. She enjoys complete harmony with the natural world around her and with which she communes as she goes about her daily routine, doing her chores or walking her faithful dogs (and cats). Her extended family of pets is especially delightful and unique, each with their own quirks and personalities as interesting as their names.
Wild creatures, some of whose names I've only ever come across in films, surround the author. Coming from the UK, I've never seen coyotes, chickadees, groundhogs or hummingbird moths, but Hall encounters them every day… and generally rescues them from various dramatic plights. Whether she's saving trapped dragon flies, stray toads, adventurous snapping turtles or opportune starlings nesting in the eaves of her house, her sense of humour and powerful faith shines through her accounts and descriptions , making them uplifting to read.
I found Sunset, in which she ensures a trio of beautiful moths with singed wings meet a dignified end particularly poignant; while Letting Go, her reflections on her beloved, ageing dog, Kesteral, had me unashamedly in tears. And only Tara Fox Hall can make the stacking of firewood into such a delightful subject as in Keeping it Straight.
This collection of writings will draw you into the author's special world, lift your spirits and leave you feeling deeply satisfied. She writes with wit, perception and immense sensitivity. Each short essay can be read and savoured in isolation, to raise flagging spirits during short breaks from the mundane routine, or read as I did, in a couple of sittings, because I simply could not tear myself away from Tara Fox Hall's captivating world. Highly recommended.
(An ecopy of this essay collection was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review).
This is a very moving and often humorous collection of short articles about her life on the farm and her many acts of animal rescue.
Beautifully written, as I would expect from Ms Hall.
A delightful, charming book. Highly recommended.