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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek de Annie Dillard
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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (original: 1974; edição: 1988)

de Annie Dillard

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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.
Membro:janerules
Título:Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Autores:Annie Dillard
Informação:Harpercollins (1988), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 271 pages
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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek de Annie Dillard (1974)

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    Walden de Henry David Thoreau (emydid)
    emydid: Dillard was very much influenced by Thoreau (she did her master's thesis on Walden), and both Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and Walden have similar narrative structures. Both books follow their narrator through the course of a year, and both weave detailed observations of the natural world together with self-examination and statements of a personal worldview. Annie Dillard's concerns are more explicitly theological, while Thoreau tends to be more concerned with the relationship between the individual and society - but both of their books are beautifully-written, densely symbolic investigations into the relationship between the self, nature, and the spiritual. It's interesting to think about the links and contrasts between the two books - for example, between Dillard's idea of "seeing" and Thoreau's reflections on self-exploration and awareness.… (mais)
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    The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature de David George Haskell (danhammang)
    danhammang: Love of the land, celebration of the natural world written by one of the finest authors of this generation.
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    In Earshot of Water: Notes from the Columbia Plateau de Paul Lindholdt (bezoar44)
    bezoar44: These authors share some of the same fearless introspection; and while both study the natural world, it is in some ways just a (vital) context in which to explore what it means to live meaningfully.
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    Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting de Michael Perry (Othemts)
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For me, Annie Dillard's Pulitzer-winning pastoral ponderings were a complete miss. Overall the writing swung from pretentious to dull, her musings entirely self-absorbed, and clearly her modern attempt to emulate Thoreau's Walden Pond. While others may find it highly absorbing to read a person's personal diary about life in a modern-day backwoods, for this reader there was nothing particularly insightful or inspirational. It's all been said before, been done before, with no new perspective on a back-to-nature pilgrimage, in a writing style that had me looking for something else, anything else, to do than read another passage of Dillard's musings.

If you enjoy self-help books and pretentious biographies, Dillard's book is for you. ( )
  fiverivers | Nov 1, 2021 |
"My God what a world. There is no accounting for one second of it."

That sums it up well. I've always been curious to read this one, but I also feared it would be dry nature writing. In fact it is rarely dry and is heavy on philosophizing. Dillard seems to walk through the world in a constant state of astonishment. She will notice a bug seeming slightly askew, and drop to the ground and stare at it for 45 minutes. She is in awe, awe at the profligacy of creation. She also gets herself into a state of high dudgeon over: the seeming waste of life represented by the sheer number of individual creatures who live nasty, brutish, short lives with only a few of their species living to propagate; the amount of general suffering that goes on in the natural world; and the teeming masses of creatures who are parasitic, noxious, or just disgusting.

I don't find interesting everything that she finds interesting. But I do like philosophy. In addition to the sheer wonder Dillard brings to the table, she also holds forth on what it all means relative to our own place in the universe.

"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."

"I have often noticed that even a few minutes of self-forgetfulness is tremendously invigorating. I wonder if we do not waste most of our energy just by spending every waking minute saying hello to ourselves."

"Nature is, above all, profligate. Don't believe them when they tell you how economical and thrifty nature is, whose leaves return to the soil. Wouldn't it be cheaper to leave them on the tree in the first place?"

"Spend the afternoon. You can't take it with you." ( )
  Tytania | Jul 20, 2021 |
January 2020 - I’ve had this on my shelf for years. So many readers have raved about this Pulitzer Prize winner. I skimmed around in it, nothing of interest caught my eye. Into the library box it goes.
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
Adding books here as I remember them, it's been a good while since I read this one (late 70s). Even though it won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction, I remember not being impressed. With a naturalist's perspective I saw it as reflecting an overly subjective view of the natural world that sustains us, especially in the author's discriminatory view of insects.

"If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos." ~ E. O. Wilson ( )
  LGCullens | Jun 1, 2021 |
“What do we think of the created universe, spanning an unthinkable void with an unthinkable profusion of forms?”

“Mystery itself is as fringed and intricate as the shape of the air in time.”

“The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ( )
  chrisvia | Apr 29, 2021 |
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