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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Paperback – October 6, 1998
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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is the story of a dramatic year in Virginia's Roanoke Valley. Annie Dillard sets out to see what she can see. What she sees are astonishing incidents of "beauty tangled in a rapture with violence."
Her personal narrative highlights one year's exploration on foot in the Virginia region through which Tinker Creek runs. In the summer, Dillard stalks muskrats in the creek and contemplates wave mechanics; in the fall, she watches a monarch butterfly migration and dreams of Arctic caribou. She tries to con a coot; she collects pond water and examines it under a microscope. She unties a snake skin, witnesses a flood, and plays King of the Meadow with a field of grasshoppers. The result is an exhilarating tale of nature and its seasons.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In 'An American Childhood' Dillard expresses a child's thoughts through a writer's eyes. Some memories are universal and she seems to have had a wonderful young life full of many activities while growing up in Pittsburgh. The adage that a writer is first a reader applies to her.
'The Writer's Life' book may be more applicable to writers but it gives the reader a sense of the struggles that writers contend with when they sit down to a blank page. All three books remind me of R. L. Stevenson's short poem 'Happy Thought' - 'The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should be all be as happy as kings.'
Annie Dillard writes to soothe. Her writing works as guided imagery, painting vivid scenes beautifully intertwined with the realms of nature and philosophy. A writer instructor had recommended this book as one of his favorites, and I can see why. It's lyrical yet undiluted. It's cerebral yet unpretentious. If you're looking for a book to calm your nerves, a reading to enjoy over a cup of Earl Gray, I would highly recommend Dillard.