Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is the story of a dramatic year in Virginia's Blue Ridge valley. Annie Dillard sets out to see what she can see. What she sees are astonishing incidents of "mystery, death, beauty, violence."
"About five years ago I saw a mockingbird make a straight vertical descent from the roof gutter of a ...more
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 sacre ...more
"On cool autumn nights, eels hurrying to the sea sometimes crawl for a mile or more across dewy meado...more
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 ...more
This 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 ...more
Many decades later, with the odome ...more
I have glutted on richness...I 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 o ...more
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 ...more
Annie Dillard is also seeing the Divine in nature. Looking at creation, which is often imperfect, she brings up many good questi ...more
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 ...more
Although I found the writ ...more
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 ...more
Whatever Dillard came searching for down at Tinker Creek in Virginia, she found this. It emerged in simple forms of mantises, sycamores, muskrats, and parasitic insects.
No matter how I slice the book, I will drain it of its juice. Dillard is a masterful wordsmith with an eye for mundane richness. She dabbles in biology, theology, philosophy, entomology, and physics. While standing on old stumps, she reaches handfuls ...more
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