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"A triumph." -- -- Publishers Weekly
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is a series of essays that combines scientific observation, philosophy, daily thoughts, and deeper introspection with glorious prose. On the surface, Annie Dillard is simply exploring a place called Tinker Creek and its inhabitants: "It's a good place to live; there's lots to think about." But as her observations range well beyond the landscape into worlds of esoteric fact and metaphysical insight, each paragraph becomes suffused with images and ideas. Whether she is quoting the Koran or Albert Einstein, describing the universe of an Eskimo shaman or the mating of luna moths, Annie Dillard offers up her own knowledge with reverence for her material and respect for her reader. She observes her surroundings faithfully, intimately, sharing what can be shared with anyone willing to wait and watch with her. In the end, however, "No matter how quiet we are, the muskrats stay hidden. Maybe they sense the tense hum of consciousness, the buzz from two human beings who in silence cannot help but be aware of each other, and so of themselves." The precision of individual words, the vitality of metaphor, the sheer profusion of sources, the vivid sensory and cerebral impressions - all combine to make Pilgrim at Tinker Creek something extravagant and extraordinary. -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out Let's Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. -- From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Kirsten Backstrom --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Annie Dillard is the author of many works of nonfiction, including An American Childhood and Teaching a Stone to Talk, as well as the novels The Living and The Maytrees.
This is a terrific book. I've read it more than once and recommended it to several friends.Published 4 days ago by J. Welsh
Read this when I was about 16....Her journaling on her relationship with nature in a Thoreau Walden pondish way had an immense impact on me and my subsequent reverence for the... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Juju
Not everyone can get through Annie Dillard's writing, but I became absorbed in this quickly and was disappointed when it was over. Read morePublished 6 days ago by R. MCCREARY
Along with naturalist Edwin Way Teale who wrote four books about his and his wife's 100,000-mile journey that crisscrossed America and its seasons, Annie Dillard is one of my... Read morePublished 7 days ago by E. A. Lovitt
I've been reading this book for at least 25 years now - over and over. It's almost indescribable. If you try to find it in the bookstores, you can find it in almost every... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Dragonflyfuzz
Can't sleep? Start reading this book and you'll soon be in the arms of Morpheus. I cannot understand why it has pleased and engaged so many readers who rapturously rhapsodize... Read morePublished 9 days ago by EZ
Possibly the best non fiction interior monologue on the planet. A woman takes a walk each day and tells us what she finds. You'll never read a richer description of nature. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Dave McClure
An old favorite I like to have on the Kindle to restore the mood it puts me in.Published 13 days ago by Jon Steenhoven