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Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters Paperback – October 15, 2013
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"A collection of meditations like polished stones--painstakingly worded, tough-minded, yet partial to mystery, and peerless when it comes to injecting larger resonances into the natural world.""--Kirkus Reviews"""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"
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Here, in this compelling assembly of writings, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard explores the world of natural facts and human meanings.
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I'd recommend Annie Dillard to anyone who enjoys an intelligent, creative, unanticipated voice.
I chose this rating because I'm excited yet again about Ms. Dillard's work, and hoping I can find another new title.
of reading is . . .I am reminded what truly gifted writing is about.
Annie Dillard takes me to the Divine every time. Magnificent.
If you are not familiar with this author, give your spirit a cool dip in the spring of clarity . . . your
mind the definition of what talented, sensitive writing is able to do for your soul.
Another wonderful collection by a brilliant author.
Anything written by Annie Dillard will lift the reader and inspire the writer.~
In Life on the Rocks: The Galapagos, Dillard heaps praises on life's rich species diversity (which she attributes to geographic isolation), thankful because an alternative reality such as "No mountains and one salamander, one fiddle tune, would be a lesser world. No continents, no fiddlers...The earth, without form, is void."
My favorite story, however, is On a Hill Far Away. Beautifully capturing adult and child hopes and hesitations, and longings for and joy felt in human connection, Ms. Dillard ends with a twist, a taste of very human, more narcissistic impulses. "But I simply had to go. It was dark, it was cold, and I had a roast in the oven., lamb, and I don't like it too well done."
In short, a book to read and reread.
Teaching a Stone to Talk is a collection of essays that contains some true masterpieces. My personal favorite is the first, "Living Like Weasels," in which Dillard encourages us, and points for us the way, to remember how to live. Others are almost equal. "An Expedition to the Pole" cleverly and poignantly compares the journeys of arctic and antarctic explorers with the goings on in a tiny church congregation searching for God. In "God in the Doorway," Dillard expounds on an encounter with a woman and uses it to illuminate on the nature of God's love.
Teaching a Stone to Talk is a truly amazing work. Whether she is writing about nature, an eclipse, or about a conversation with a small boy, Dillard manages to mesmerize the reader with her words and humor, and she blows the reader away with her wisdom and insight.