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Review, March 26, 2005

On The Wing By Alan Tennant

Reviewed by Roy Herbert

ON THE WING

ALAN TENNANT tried to track the outstanding journey of migration that the peregrine falcon makes from the coast of Texas to the Arctic.  He fastened a transmitter to as bird and followed its track in an aircraft piloted by a former stunt flyer.

On The Wing  is nothing less than stupendous.  Tennant is a superb writer.  His prose is vivid, immediate, poetic and evocative, a sheer pleasure to read.  You might thing such an endeavor cries out for pictures, but there aren't any.  They could not have aided this story of inspiration and adventure, including brushes with the law and the drug industry, so splendidly does Tennant grip the imagination.

 


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