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

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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 Perennial Modern Classics, 1998, c1974
ISBN: 9780060953027
Characteristics: 288 p ; cm

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LPL_JennyC May 12, 2014

This book is full of keen observations of nature. Annie Dillard is brilliant and has created a book of wonder and depth.

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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