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  • Title: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
  • Author: Annie Dillard
  • ISBN: 9780072434170
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Paperback
  • An exhilarating meditation on nature and its seasons a personal narrative highlighting one year s exploration on foot in the author s own neighborhood in Tinker Creek, Virginia 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 sheAn exhilarating meditation on nature and its seasons a personal narrative highlighting one year s exploration on foot in the author s own neighborhood in Tinker Creek, Virginia 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.
    Pilgrim at Tinker Creek An exhilarating meditation on nature and its seasons a personal narrative highlighting one year s exploration on foot in the author s own neighborhood in Tinker Creek Virginia In the summer Dillard

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    1. This book won The Pulitzer in 1974 This is the 2nd book I ve recently read which was written in the 70 s simply a coincidence This is also the first book I ve read by Annie Dillard I didn t understand everything yet the writing is exquisite and reading becomes calm meditative Much to admire Ms Dillard her writing talent, her natural curiosity for the natural world around her and her adventures while walking There are many lovely passagesHere s a sample excerpt I read a few times myself Unfortuna [...]

    2. There is something remarkably spiritual about Dillard s thorough observations and painfully accurate descriptions of the natural world in Tinker Creek, her home in Virginia Each chapter evokes the grotesque transformation that insects, reptiles, fish and animals undergo to adapt to the indifferent natural habitat that fosters, disfigures and finally kills them The shifting seasons, attuned to the natural cycle, provide sporadic moments of enlightening contemplations about creation and the forces [...]

    3. one of those things that came almost literally from the sky, dropped on the table in front of me with a shrug an nil explanation my absolute favorite book, I LOVE THIS BOOK i ve so far read it five times and bought it for four others highlighted to hell and took lots of notes, referenced it past the point where people are beyond over it so all i ll say is minutiae in nature are extraordinary About five years ago I saw a mockingbird make a straight vertical descent from the roof gutter of a four [...]

    4. I have since only very rarely seen the tree with lights in it The vision comes and goes, mostly goes, but I live for it, for the moment when the mountains open and a new light roars in spate through the crack, and the mountains slam.pilgrim One who embarks on a quest for some end conceived as sacred Any traveler.Pilgrim at Tinker s Creek can perhaps best be described as a journal a travel journal, in which Annie Dillard tells of her pilgrimage to find God Now if this was what I had understood th [...]

    5. Thomas Merton wrote, There is always a temptation to diddle around in the contemplative life, making itsy bitsy statues There is always an enormous temptation in all of life to diddle around making itsy bitsy friends and meals and journeys for itsy bitsy years on end It is so self conscious, so apparently moral, simply to step aside from the gaps where the creeks and winds pour down, saying, I never merited this grace, quite rightly, and then to sulk along the rest of your days on the edge of ra [...]

    6. I read Pilgrim every year In high school I wrote my diary as a series of letters to Annie Dillard so gay It s basically about a really smart young woman wandering the forest and thinking about nature and god and philosophy and stuff Think Thoreau reincarnated as a 24 year old chick in the 70s It didn t win the Pulitzer for nothing It s a great book to read when you re in a none of this shit matters mood No celebrities No pop culture references No boys.

    7. For me, two stars means I disliked it even though GR says it means it was okay I usually don t finish books that I dislike, that s why I have so few 2 star reviews here on this site However, this one seemed harmless enough, and there were aspects of the book I liked at least when I started For example, there are a lot of stories and anecdotes about nature that were really interesting On cool autumn nights, eels hurrying to the sea sometimes crawl for a mile or across dewy meadows to reach strea [...]

    8. This was not a badly written book However, it should not be forced upon poor innocent high school students I have had to read a lot of boring books in my high school career, but this tops them all Just when you thought something interesting was going to happen she watches birds or something for hours True, there were moments of great beauty and her philosphy were not always crazed I respect her art and her view of the world, but she has even said that it s silly for schools to make 16 and 17 yea [...]

    9. I love this book, but it frustrates me too Maybe it s because Dillard was so young when she wrote it But it doesn t deserve to be compared to Walden Thoreau is arrogant and has a prescription for every one of society s problems Dillard asks hard questions and agonizes over the answers It s never an open and shut case for her I ll read her books again and again, but I might be done with Thoreau.

    10. O my god.I just finished this book and there is not much I can say about it, because I am still in the grips of its quiet, beautiful power If you want to know what it s about, read others reviews Here I can only tell you that my life is changed for having read this book I will never look at the world the same way again, and I will spend every day I have.Annie Dillard reminds me that if I live for a thousand years and write every day I will never achieve this simple, perfect beauty, but I never w [...]

    11. After graduating college, I entered the high paying, hard charging world of retail bookselling, to be specific, where I served as an assistant manager for a chain I will never forget certain books that were the rage then One of them was Annie Dillar d Pilgrim at Tinker Creek I may be wrong memory is as suspect as Lee Harvey Oswald, remember , but I recall a picture of a woman sitting on the bank of a creek staring down on it It looked none too appealing.Many decades later, with the odometer much [...]

    12. There is way too much to say about this book At times, I was bored out of my mind not knowing where she was going At other times, I was moved to laughter, moved to tears, disgusted, uplifted, fascinatedThis is different than any book I ve read before It s like a nature observer s journal, and it therefore is written in a stream of consciousness style It s all over the place But, just when I thought I couldn t follow Annie Dillard s random thoughts, I would get smacked with clarity as she sudden [...]

    13. You think Annie Dillard is talking about parasitic wasps and then WHAM she s talking about God or humanity That s what the journey of reading this book is like She writes throughout one year at Tinker Creek in Virginia, observing and pondering in a way only she can.Between this book and Holy the Firm, I suspect Dillard considers herself a bit of an anchorite She specifically mentions that while she is writing this book, she is reading the Apophthegmata, and I think I m learning that it is the wa [...]

    14. Not only does something come if you wait, but it pours over you like a waterfall, like a tidal wave You wait in all naturalness without expectation or hope, emtied, translucent, and that which comes rocks and topples you it will shear, loose, launch, winnow, grind.I have glutted on richnessI am bouyed by a calm and effortless longing and angled pitch of the will, like the set of the wings of the monarch which climbed a hill by falling still Annie Dillard Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Winner of the Pul [...]

    15. The narrator in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek expresses awe at the wonder of nature in four seasons in very poetic prose There were parts of the book that were exquisite in their beautiful phrasing The narrator often had a playful voice when she described stalking creatures in the natural world at Tinker Creek, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia near Roanoke.Annie Dillard is also seeing the Divine in nature Looking at creation, which is often imperfect, she brings up many good questions a [...]

    16. This book didn t so much change my outlook, as give words to feelings I had had for many years but never been able to articulate It s like Walden, if Thoreau had a passion for weird nature facts and wasn t so insufferably boring or arrogant half the time It describes Dillard s time living in the mountains of VA when she was about 27 I hate that and is told through a series of remarkable vignettes, each lumped under perceptive thematic headings It s a relentless parade of the horror, fear and int [...]

    17. As a student of nonfiction I m always conscious of how an author s voice perceptible personality can contrast with what they say When reading _Best American Essays_, for example, I often hear unappealing voices stuffy, self satisfied, etc expressing smart or worthwhile ideas in other words I like the thinking but not the thinker With _Pilgrim_ I felt differently I loved loved the voice without always loving what was being said I don t like nature writing I don t like sentence after sentence of o [...]

    18. This book was all about nature This woman really knows her Bible and Koran She has an extensive vocabulary and is very intelligent, especially in science She must have no job, because the whole book is about her wandering around the woods for hours and hours every day She made me aware of some interesting facts Like how bamboo torture really works She has an interesting section on fecundity, and how humans aren t disturbed by plant fecundity probably because we view plants as food but we are sev [...]

    19. This non fiction work is a meditation on the extravagance of God s grace Or at least, that s how it seemed to me Follow Annie Dillard as she tells the story of her life while living apart from humanity and studying nature both animate and inanimate No one writes like Annie Dillard, but new writers can learn much from the way in which she breathes life into words Highly recommended.

    20. Annie Dillard does not know when to quit a description Not when she s exploring or contemplating the land that encompasses Tinker Creek One overwrought sentence follows another in her tedious meditation on the natural world and our place in it Our in a generous sense I ll give her that She contemplates the muskrat s place in it, the Osage orange s place in it the blood fluke s place in it beauty s place in it the creator s place in it fecundity s place in it death s place in it But most of all, [...]

    21. I first read this perhaps ten years or ago Vividly I recall a comment from a friend in a book group She questioned, And just what was it that you liked about this book Obviously, she didn t care for it at all which I have as difficult a time understanding as her question to me What didn t I like I savored the insights, the observations, the honesty, the growth and the reflections I loved the book I also loved the author s way with words Since that time I have purchased several copies and given [...]

    22. My favorite chapter in Annie Dillard s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is The Horns of the Alter It contains all of the elements that made this a good read The descriptions of the snakes, the bugs and the parasites are all fascinating It takes some mighty fine writing to make parasites interesting.Earlier in the book Dillard spends several pages discussing the hunting habits of the apex predators of the bug world, praying mantises Although I am one of the people in this world who turns from insects with [...]

    23. Opening lines I used to have a cat, an old fighting tom, who would jump through the open window by my bed in the middle of the night and land on my chest.

    24. An amazing and inspiring piece of literature Annie Dillard may not be for everyone due to the lack of plot storyline and the general passionate rambling for the natural world, both scientific and experiential , but she exudes a love for everything seriously, everything You can sense it in her words and metaphors, her daily excursions to the creek and its environs, always looking for something new, satisfied to just sit and wait and observe, to be one with and part of everything surrounding her.I [...]

    25. This book is an example of a writer taking a subject as simple and complex as nature, and writing detailed, descriptive prose around it Helps that Annie Dillard was a poet as well I ll admit, I learned a lot about some of the things I take for granted, and it certainly piqued my interest Muskrats, squirrels and their immunity to poisoned mushrooms, snakes, frogs, water bugs that suck frogs out of their skin, praying manthis, grasshoppers, fish, you name it Fascinating and foreign However, I ve l [...]

    26. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek dwells somewhere between fiction and non fiction, fantasy and reality, sobriety and insanity To read Annie Dillard is to drink a potent punch that makes one realize what an absolutely horrendous, wonderful, beautiful, and brutal world surrounds us every moment of every day in every direction Intricacy, then, is the subject, the intricacy of the created world, Dillard writes And she does this with gusto Mellifluous prose drips off the page like molasses or maybe shuffles b [...]

    27. I read Pilgrim at Tinker Creek as a lover of nature and creation I read it as a writer also, examining it for craft Dillard walks through the woods to spend time in nature, to find species she hasn t seen before and to see old friends with new eyes While reading, I tried to parallel her journey by doing the same spending time in her words to find new writing strategies while seeing old strategies anew What does a close reading of Dillard s craft reveal Contrast Contrast between long and short se [...]

    28. Yes, this book won the Pulitzer Prize quite a few years ago Just based on that, you know you will probably like it, right Even so, I m going to tell you why it has been of value to me.You see, besides being a writer, I m also a meditator in the Buddhist Vipassana tradition Being very mindful of my thoughts and the world around me, even when not meditating, is an integral part of that practice.One evening while talking with my meditation teacher, he recommended I read Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, bot [...]

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