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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Join one of the most distinctive voices in American literature today Boston Globe on her Pulitzer Prize winning journey of the mind

  • Title: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
  • Author: Annie Dillard
  • ISBN: 9780060915452
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Paperback
  • Join one of the most distinctive voices in American literature today Boston Globe on her Pulitzer Prize winning journey of the mind.

    Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is a nonfiction narrative book by American author Annie Dillard.Told from a first person point of view, the book details an unnamed narrator s explorations near her home, and various contemplations on nature and life. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Harper Perennial Modern Classics 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 Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Kindle edition by Annie Dillard Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Kindle edition by Annie Dillard Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Summary BookRags This Study Guide consists of approximately pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Books by Annie Dillard Official Site Pilgrim at Tinker Creek nonfiction narrative In I wanted to try my hand at prose My journals were full of facts that I used to write Pilgrim at Tinker Creek , a sustained nonfiction narrative about the fields, creeks, woods, and mountains near Roanoke, Virginia Because I named its chapters, in the style of th century narratives, many reviewers took it for a book of essays. Pilgrim Monument The Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown, Massachusetts, was built between and to commemorate the first landfall of the Pilgrims in and the signing of the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown Harbor This foot . inch tall . m campanile is the tallest all granite structure in the United States and is part of the Provincetown Historic District. Annie Dillard Official Website Annie Dillard has been considered a major voice in American literature since she published Pilgrim at Tinker Creek in and won a Pulitzer Prize Her reputation has increased steadily if Text of Mayflower Compact Pilgrim Hall Museum Text of Mayflower Compact In the name of God, Amen We whose names are under written, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign Lord, King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, etc. THE PILGRIM S PROGRESS i Bunyan Ministries THE PILGRIM S PROGRESS iii Original Title Page, First Edition Pilgrim s Progrefs That which is to come F R O M T O T H I S W O R L D, DREAM Wherein is Difcovered, The manner of his fetting out, What is The Pilgrim s Progress by John Bunyan Question What is The Pilgrim s Progress by John Bunyan Answer The Pilgrim s Progress full title, The Pilgrim s Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come, Delivered Under the Similitude of a Dream was written by John Bunyan and since its publication has encouraged countless believers in their walk with God From a purely literary viewpoint, The Pilgrim s

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    1. Elyse on said:

      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 [...]

    2. Dolors on said:

      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 fo [...]

    3. Jen on said:

      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 [...]

    4. Ted on said:

      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 under [...]

    5. Jacob on said:

      "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 [...]

    6. Lindsay Robertson on said:

      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. Jimmy on said:

      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 more across dewy meado [...]

    8. Melissa on said:

      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 1 [...]

    9. Andy on said:

      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. Libbie Hawker (L.M. Ironside) on said:

      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 nev [...]

    11. Ken on said:

      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 odome [...]

    12. Ramsey on said:

      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 more 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 [...]

    13. Jenny (Reading Envy) on said:

      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 [...]

    14. A on said:

      "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 t [...]

    15. Connie on said:

      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 questi [...]

    16. Paul on said:

      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 an [...]

    17. Tiffany Reisz on said:

      No idea what I just read but it was beautifully written and strange and I'm glad I read it.

    18. N on said:

      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 [...]

    19. Carmen on said:

      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 [...]

    20. Sylvain Reynard on said:

      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.

    21. Michelle on said:

      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 [...]

    22. Deyanne on said:

      I first read this perhaps ten years or more 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 cop [...]

    23. Tina Cipolla on said:

      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 [...]

    24. thehalcyondaysofsummer on said:

      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.'

    25. Matt on said:

      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 h [...]

    26. Cheryl on said:

      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 [...]

    27. Stephen Hicks on said:

      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 shu [...]

    28. Derek on said:

      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 an [...]

    29. Doug Dillon on said:

      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 [...]

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