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Mengajari Batu Bicara: Ekspedisi dan Perjumpaan

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Di sini, dalam kumpulan tulisan memikat ini, peraih hadiah Pulitzer Annie Dillard menjelajah dunia fakta alam dan hakihat manusia.
Hardcover, 205 pages
Published 2007 by Banana (first published 1982)
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Thomas Watson
Sep 18, 2012 Thomas Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading Dillard is like watching a figure skater. You don't really understand or appreciate what you've just experienced until you try to walk across an icy sidewalk.
Shannonpresler
Dec 13, 2008 Shannonpresler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every time I read Annie Dillard I become more responsible. In general. Her words are purposeful, she addresses sorrow, beauty and terror with nouns and adjectives that, if you aren't careful, look like every other noun and adjective you have ever read. But this isn't so. There is not a wasted syllable. Read about the Deer at Provenance, a story about a young fawn tied to a tree, resigning to the despair of its own death, and the people that circle around, quietly, and watch. And then read how sh ...more
Lauren
Wholly unexpected and completely amazing. I see the reviews of my fellow Goodreaders and I can echo them, Dillard is an artist and her words both perplexed and thrilled me (the polar expedition histories interspersed with detailed observations about the eclectic praise band at her church - finally meshing together with a trippy baby christening on an arctic ice flow??) WOW.

She made me laugh out loud.

It is madness to wear a ladies straw hat and velvet hats to church - we should all be wearing
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Jeremy Forstadt
Jan 03, 2011 Jeremy Forstadt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Annie Dillard is one of the most satisfying essayists I know. Although I am not, generally, a reader of nature studies, Dillard's essays seem just perfect to me. If I had a single criticism, it would be that she generally ties in a theme or moral to her story to the extent that it would almost seems forced , but the language is so beautifully descriptive and the resolutions so elegant, that I am willing to forgive her for it.

In "Total Eclipse" she manages to describe the experience of witnessing
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Tricia
Jan 06, 2009 Tricia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book of essays: some reflective, mostly descriptive. Sometimes I was reading and thinking, "What the hell is she talking about?" But, it's worth it to keep reading because there are phrases and paragraphs that are just golden:

From "Total Eclipse": "The mind—the culture—has two little tools, grammar and lexicon: a decorated sand bucket and a matching shovel."

From "An Expedition to the Pole": "It all seems a pit at first, for I have overcome a fiercely anti-Catholic upbringing in order t
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Chris
Jan 24, 2010 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite, though there are wonderful moments here. She seems in "An Expedition to the Pole" to get wrong what she gets so right in For the Time Being. In the latter, she lays her examinations--internal and external--side-by-side and leaves us to connect. They resonate against one another and flare out into unexpected meanings. Here, she smashes her examinations of the lives of arctic explorers together with her impressions of a largely mundane Catholic service in a surreal mish-mash that ...more
Paul
Mar 22, 2017 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this collection of fourteen essays Dillard brings her almost forensic observation of natural world as well as a keen perception of the smallest detail to a wide variety of subjects. Starting with her thoughts on a solar eclipse that she travels to see in Yakima, we accompany her on her a journey to the Appalachian Mountains and all the way to the Galapagos Islands. With her we see the world through the eyes of a weasel and take a walk from her home. We also meet the man who inspired the title ...more
H
Jan 08, 2014 H added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
from AN EXPEDITION TO THE POLE:

God does not demand that we give up our personal dignity, that we throw in our lot with random people, that we lose ourselves and turn from all that is not him. God needs nothing, asks nothing, and demands nothing, like the stars. It is a life with God which demands these things.
Experiences has taught the race that if knowledge of God is the end, then these habits of life are not the means but the condition in which the means operates. You do not have to do these t
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Bob Nichols
The book is uneven. More often than not, I don’t know what is being said or why. Words and sentences are presented with little or no meaning. Stories jump around and I miss their line.

And yet, there’s always enough to keep me going. When Dillard encountered a weasel unexpectedly, she writes that “our eyes locked, and someone threw away the key.” It’s “face was fierce, small and pointed as a lizard’s; he would have made a good arrowhead,” she observes. Reflecting on its life, she says that “The
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David
Mar 29, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply one of the best essay collections I can ever remember reading. Annie is warm and funny, but also thoughtful and quirky, and so much of the time you're never entirely sure where the essay is going to arrive. This uncertain quality is a nice feature of any essay, to my mind; I love essays that still keep Montaigne's sense of the word "essai" as "an attempt." That said, each of these pieces, long and short, is impeccably crafted, and loaded with memorable side-paths and stunning turns of phr ...more
Lisa
Oct 27, 2009 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Each time I tried to read this book I would notice my boyfriend laughing, what I didn't notice was that I would sit down heavily and sigh as though someone was making me do knuckle push-ups. I was loaned this book by a wealthy, bored woman that I work for and thought it would be polite of me to read the book that means so much to her. Today I decided I'm done fighting. I'm tired of hearing about "god" and self-righteous observations of nature and man conquering it. I found this book pompous, bor ...more
Dave
Nov 30, 2014 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adventurous collection of essays, generally on the intersection of God, humans, and nature. I could wish the whole book more unified, and more descriptively personal (like An American Childhood) than spiritually/emotionally so. But she writes so musically well that I enjoy every piece, no matter how strange or discordant the tune. Favorites: "The Deer at Providencia" and "On a Hill Far Away."
Gill
Apr 10, 2016 Gill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I wanted to like this more than l did. I think I'll try another book by Annie Dillard, because I have heard such good things of her. Maybe I was just reading this at the wrong time.
Mind the Book
Nu blir det Dillardpaus p.g.a. naturskildringsoverload efter tre D på kort tid.
Några rader från slutet av boken möter min egen verklighet, så här i början på sommarledigheten:

"You know what it's like to open up a cottage. You barge in with your box of groceries and your duffelbag full of books. You drop them on a counter and rush to the far window to look out [...] Opening up a summer cottage is like being born this way: at the moment you enter, you have all the time you are ever going to have."
Jay
Apr 17, 2016 Jay marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I first came across Annie Dillard while reading T.C. Boyle's Tortilla Curtain. In this novel, Boyle has created a nature writer that patterns the language and spirit of his prose to Annie Dillard. The writing inspired me to found out more about Annie Dillard.

I went out and found "Teaching a Stone to Talk".

Annie Dilliard is famous for capturing the beauty and violence of the natural world. She 19s written stories, poems essays and books that go well beyond descriptive detail. In fact, detail by d
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Lucynell
Dec 07, 2016 Lucynell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-highlights
This one came highly recommended and with one request, that I was to look after it, meaning that I was not to take it with me at work, which is where I do much of my reading because of the waiting lines see, and I obliged. God knows that was a hard thing to do, to restrain myself, because this is absolutely brilliant. You wouldn't think it if one described it to you; a woman wonders around nature, a stream, the Galapagos, wherever, and ruminates on life and Life, God and memory, Nature and evolu ...more
Erik Akre
Mar 16, 2016 Erik Akre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any reader, especially the natural-minded
Shelves: essays
Amazing how fast this book disappeared, just rolling away under my fingers, under my admiring gaze of thought. Dillard inspires the writer in me; she makes it look so incredibly easy and smooth. It's as if she could write about literally anything and make a beautiful and profound statement.

I have a handful of friends in my life who have given me a greater sense of depth in experience; they have changed the way I live and think and love. Dillard gave me the sense somehow that they were there as I
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Amy
Feb 04, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Back when I was in college, I was often on a mission to identify some Christians who didn't suck. Specifically ones who seemed intelligent, read literature, cared about the environment, and actually liked science. Needless to say, I was on a pretty steady diet of Wendell Berry, David James Duncan, Walker Percy, Flannery O'Connor, and Annie Dillard. All though I had read several of her books back then, as far as I can remember this wasn't one of them, but reading it was like catching up with an o ...more
Melissa
Aug 19, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book for someone wanting a linear story or plot. This is a book for someone who loves beautiful, descriptive writing, rich in metaphor. This series of short stories explores relationships with/between nature, God, and humans. There were times I thought, "what the heck is she talking about?", but after more focused reading, it was actually just a metaphor, not a literal passage, or one that emphasized the beauty of nature, for example, by indirectly suggesting that one might risk a ...more
John
Sep 13, 2009 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another wonderful collection of essays from Annie Dillard--carefully observed, primarily oriented around nature, and at times, surprisingly poignant. One of the things I like most about Dillard is her ability to see the mystery in all things. She realizes through her observations of the world that there's more going on than just what we see on the surface. The creature or created thing echo and reflect their Creator.

The earliest essays in this collection are the best, with Living like We
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Kevin
Mar 27, 2010 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fell for Dillard's "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek", and I fell hard. Next, I devoured "The Living" and "The Maytrees", entranced by her accomplishments in fiction nearly as much as I had been with 'Pilgrim'. However, "Teaching a Stone to Talk", while true to her form, left me somewhat unsatisfied. I wanted more of the shorter pieces, especially those written during her visit to the Napo River in Amazonia, and found some of the other pieces less enticing. I should note that the first piece, involving ...more
Nate
May 28, 2008 Nate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never thought I'd give an Annie Dillard less than 5 (or 6 or 7) stars, but this one didn't speak to me quite as much as Pilgrim at Tinker Creek or Holy the Firm or even The Maytrees. Perhaps it's because I'm still in my twenties and see the world from an awestruck perspective (a la Pilgrim) while Dillard has moved on to contemplating her own mortality and the swift passage of time. She also seems out of her element writing about her time in the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands. She just writes b ...more
Stephen Hicks
Apr 17, 2015 Stephen Hicks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this compilation of writings by Dillard, there are true nuggets of gold. Dillard does a phenomenal job of painting a vibrant, meaningful picture of her experiences. Her writing on Weasels will never allow me to see those furry creatures the same; this could be said of her description of a solar eclipse that she witnessed. Nothing in this book was unbelievably profound as far as self enrichment or knowledge goes, but the literary devices and vehicles that Dillard employs truly capture the imag ...more
Geoff Wyss
This one was recommended by readers I trust, but I simply couldn't like it no matter how much I tried. There are very nice bits here and there, but those bits are smothered by the essays' constant habit of insisting on themselves, sometimes explicitly but more often through precious repetitions; heavy, obvious images and symbols; and tortured syntax that says, 'Here comes something meaningful.' Lots of self-indulgence, self-consciousness, coyness, "voice"--all filling in the voids of thought. Ma ...more
N
Dec 30, 2013 N rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Purchased and enjoyed during a trip to Arizona, this book wasn't overall as much of a pleasure as _Pilgrim at Tinker Creek_. Its contents, while related, felt more disparate and less developed than _Pilgrim_, particularly the shorter essays, and I missed the deep intellectual meanderings that I look for when reading Dillard. "An Expedition to the Pole," "The Deer at Providencia," "Teaching a Stone to Talk," and "Total Eclipse" were the standouts, and the rest I will likely not read again. That b ...more
Julia
Dec 09, 2008 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of nature and writing
Shelves: non-fiction
I've read most of Dillard's work, but this thin volume of essays and PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK are the only ones that have stayed with me. The short essays in this book once again show the power Dillard has to weave language--as a former English teacher, I'm in awe just at her sentence structure! More important is how her awe about nature shines through--"Total Eclipse" gives me goosebumps, and the title essay is one of the best I've ever read.
Scott
Sep 08, 2010 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Amazing short stories, heart achingly beautiful renderings of fleeting moments within the natural world. Her stories are written both with clarity and an impressionistic aura. Treat yourself to the story Total Eclipse to see what I am unable to capably put into words.
Michael Galdamez
2.5 Stars

*Disclaimer: I read the majority of the essays in the book, but only the ones required for school*

When I remember that books are primarily for our entertainment and edification, I come down hard on this book.

It didn't do much of either for me.
Debbie
Sep 24, 2016 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sure most people would not like this small volume of non-fiction but I thought it was absolutely take-your-breath-away beautiful. The thoughts are so profound and the language is incredibly lovely.
Beth
Jun 20, 2011 Beth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So I want 2 things from a book; to learn something and to be entertained. This book provided neither. Buckminster Fuller gave this a great review; although this is probably like modern art in word form, I would much rather go to a museum for my entertainment. Stopped reading after 3 stories.
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Annie Dillard (born April 30, 1945) is an American author, best known for her narrative prose in both fiction and non-fiction. She has published works of poetry, essays, prose, and literary criticism, as well as two novels and one memoir. Her 1974 work Pilgrim at Tinker Creek won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Dillard taught for 21 years in the English department of Wesleyan Unive ...more
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