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Holy the Firm (84 Edition)


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ISBN13: 9780060915438
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In 1975 Annie Dillard took up residence on an island in Puget Sound in a wooded room furnished with "one enormous window, one cat, one spider and one person." For the next two years she asked herself questions about time, reality, sacrifice death, and the will of God. In Holy the Firm she writes about a moth consumed in a candle flame, about a seven-year-old girl burned in an airplane accident, about a baptism on a cold beach. But behind the moving curtain of what she calls "the hard things — rock mountain and salt sea," she sees, sometimes far off and sometimes as close by as a veil or air, the power play of holy fire.

This is a profound book about the natural world — both its beauty and its cruelty — the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dillard knows so well.

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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James McLain, July 21, 2007 (view all comments by James McLain)
First & foremost, this is a book about the power of writing to create a shared transcending experience. Dillard uses the images, events, and descriptions drawn from a very real stay on an island in the Puget Sound to weave a narrative of the struggle to see the missing divine in the mundane world. It not the slightest bit religious or stuffy philosophy, but she does draw from an astonishing fund of knowledge. Read it if you like the poetry of everyday images, have ever felt the flames of something more blazing through the veil of humdrum existence, and like your brain candy short, bittersweet, with a long aftertaste.
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Dillard, Annie
Harper Perennial
by Annie Dillard
New York :
General Literary Criticism & Collections
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Trade PB
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no. 455, 1st- supp.
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