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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, winner of a 2014 National Humanities Medal, 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.
Through taking AP English 11 and being required to read this book as a summer assignment, I first loathed her writing style. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Dankmeister
I had never heard of Dillard. What a great surprise. Once I got started, the rest of the afternoon was gone.Published 22 days ago by Jay B. Fineman
This was mostly a totally annoying book. Foolishly I read each and every story. I disliked Ms. Dillard's way of explaining nature, which she spends a great deal of time doing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marlene
intellectually stimulating.....emotionally unsettling .....surreal.....Published 3 months ago by Gloria R.