By Glenway Wescott
This robust brief novel describes the occasions of a unmarried afternoon. Alwyn Tower, an American expatriate and someday novelist, is staying with a chum outdoor of Paris, while a well-heeled, itinerant Irish couple drops in—with Lucy, their expert hawk, a stressed, sullen, disturbingly totemic presence. Lunch is ready, drink ﬂows. A masquerade, right now harrowing and farcical, starts.
A paintings of classical attractiveness and concision, The Pilgrim Hawk stands with Faulkner’s The undergo as one of many ﬁnest American brief novels: a fantastically crafted tale that also is a poignant evocation of the implacable energy of affection.