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"Teaching a Stone to Talk is superb. As with the flying fish, Annie Dillard doesn't do it often, but when she does she silver-streaks out of the blue and archingly transcends all other writers of our day in all the simple, intimate, and beautiful ways of the natural master." -- -- R. Buckminster Fuller
"The natural world is ignited by her prose and we see the world as an incandescent metaphor of the spirit...Few writers evoke better than she the emotion of awe, and few have ever conveyed more graphically the weight of silence, the force of the immaterial." -- -- Robert Taylor, Boston Globe
"This little book is haloed and informed throughout by Dillard's distinctive passion and intensity, a sort of intellectual radiance that reminds me both Thoreau and Emily Dickinson." -- -- Edward Abbey, Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Annie Dillard's genius with essay at its best.
Ms. Dillard skillfully delves beneath the surface of experience and is able to artfully convey the feeling of being present in the moments of which she speaks.
This book truly is a well crafted and literary set of short stories; all or most of them being autobiographical.
If I was taking books to a desert island, I'd take Proust, the Mitchell translation of Rilke, and Teaching a Stone to Talk; specifically for the essay, 'Total Eclipse. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Debra Bunger
One of my favorite books ever. Annie Dillard writes with more soul than anyone. These short essays/stories are gripping. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michele
Annie Dillard is a very clever writer! She blends two or three story lines together in each chapter. A little much for me at times, but funny too! Read morePublished 5 months ago by W. Moore
I was moved my the story of the majesty she experienced while watching a solar eclipse. Then again later in the book as she describes her experience with silence. Read morePublished 7 months ago by R. A. Cook
Ms. Dillard skillfully delves beneath the surface of experience and is able to artfully convey the feeling of being present in the moments of which she speaks.Published 11 months ago by jeanne e. matusky