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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.

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is the story of a dramatic year in Virginia's Blue Ridge valley. Annie Dillard sets out to see what she can see. What she sees are astonishing incidents of "mystery, death, beauty, violence."

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In the book which won her a Pulitzer Prize in 1975, Dillard writes in the form of a journal, trying to understand God by chronicling the seasons along Tinker Creek in Virginias Blue Ridge Mountains, and by exploring the paradoxical coexistence of beauty and violence.

About the Author

Annie Dillard has written eleven books, including the memoir of her parents, An American Childhood; the Northwest pioneer epic The Living; and the nonfiction narrative Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. A gregarious recluse, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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MJLilly, January 17, 2012 (view all comments by MJLilly)
This book cannot be confined to a single category. It is a first person memoir that ranges across philosophy, nature study, and aesthetics; and it has a touch of Zen. It is about observing and recording in the moment. Some friends have said that it is boring, and they did not finish it. I urged them to give it another try and-- go slowly, be patient, and look carefully -- just like the author.
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adfox, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by adfox)
After meaning to read this for years, I ended up reading 2/3 when I had lots of time over the summer and then taking a break when I realized it was not a book I wanted to read in tiny snippets before bed. It is truly gorgeous - her wonderful language and descriptions and the deep connections she develops with her subject matter are really inspiring. I feel like this is one of those books that I'll read every few years, coming out each time with new ideas and a renewed awareness of the world around me. I know this review is mushy and I don't care. I loved this book.
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adfox, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by adfox)
After meaning to read this for years, I ended up reading 2/3 when I had lots of time over the summer and then taking a break when I realized it was not a book I wanted to read in tiny snippets before bed. It is truly gorgeous - her wonderful language and descriptions and the deep connections she develops with her subject matter are really inspiring. I feel like this is one of those books that I'll read every few years, coming out each time with new ideas and a renewed awareness of the world around me. I know this review is mushy and I don't care. I loved this book.
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ISBN:
9780061233326
Author:
Dillard, Annie
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by Annie Dillard
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biology-Reference
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB AUvised
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.04x6.60x.77 in. .51 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is the story of a dramatic year in Virginia's Blue Ridge valley. Annie Dillard sets out to see what she can see. What she sees are astonishing incidents of "mystery, death, beauty, violence."
"Synopsis" by , In the book which won her a Pulitzer Prize in 1975, Dillard writes in the form of a journal, trying to understand God by chronicling the seasons along Tinker Creek in Virginias Blue Ridge Mountains, and by exploring the paradoxical coexistence of beauty and violence.
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