Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
A collection of essays on the natural world during a year spent in the Blue Ridge Mountains reflects the author's interactions with her wilderness surroundings

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; 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.

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Complemented by an updated author biography and a history of the book's publication, a handsome edition of the winner of the Pulitzer Prize leads readers on a distinctively American meditation on nature and the human spirit. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Harper Collins, c1998
ISBN: 9780060953027
Branch Call Number: 818.5409 Dil
Characteristics: 288 p


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May 24, 2020

I felt in over my head in reading this book. It is an amazing description of the natural world in Virginia at Tinker Creek and so much more. It made me long for my childhood growing up near the woods, brooks, trails and fields in Maine. Her writing style is very unique and sometimes hard to follow but I plunged along and likely only understood a fraction. She quotes many notable people and places and mixes it all together with her own lavish experience, perception and writing.

Oct 19, 2019

A sort-of "everything book", a vast compendium of things (despite its modest size); short on facts, figures, explanations and theories; long on obsercations, experiences, and anecdotes. The author's awe-struck response to the natural world can turn in a single sentence to dumbfounded horror and back again; nothing, no matter how beautiful or how ghastly, is beyond the scope of her observation and writing. The prose is magnificent and mellifluous, and paints images in one's mind that will likely linger there for decades.

Dec 03, 2017

Annie Dillard is a phenomenon. Her deeply insightful musings on the wonder of the universe that she records over the seasons around Tinker Creek in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains are a triumphant, exuberant demonstration of what the human mind can communicate through literature. She is in a unique place in her wandering, in awe, jaw droppingly horrified and profoundly mystical in her embrace of this world around us and the life that fills it. This is one of the best books I have ever read.

olwyn Jun 04, 2011

When I first began to read this book, it didn't engage me. I didn't engage with it. So I put it down, thinking "too rich, too dense." A few months later, I picked the book up again, began to read it casually, and then couldn't stop. Images and passages from this book continue to inform my life twenty years later. It's been a gift.

So a few weeks ago, I picked it up again, thinking to renew the experience. But it didn't engage me. I didn't engage with it. I'm waiting now....

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