Pilgrim at Tinker Creek


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In the book which won her a Pulitzer Prize in 1975, Dillard writes in the form of a journal, trying to understand God by chronicling the seasons along Tinker Creek in Virginias Blue Ridge Mountains, and by exploring the paradoxical coexistence of beauty and violence.

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Feb 11, 2011

playful and amusing

Dillard has a way of writing in nature that manages to be at the same time deeply philosophical and yet still playful and amusing.


Mar 4, 2010

Wonders of nature

Basically this purports to be a viewing of the natural phenomena near a single location. The question of causation is implied. The writing is a bit florid. Inspirational, taken as a whole.


Nov 17, 2008

Giving for Christmas

I am enjoying this book so much that I had to buy 3 more copies to give away. No way am I giving away MY copy. I'm even taking notes(!) and have to read excerpts out loud to anyone who will listen.


Oct 2, 2007

Pilgrim Tinker Creek

This is a book of wonder. It is a poetic, lyrical wandering into nature. The author takes your hand and shows you all the marvels and unseen things that happen practically under your nose. Every minute detail and occurrence that you would never see on your own is brought to light. She follows the turning of the seasons and the life cycles of small creatures, most of them insects. She explores the intricate web of nature, displaying how beautiful and often inexplicable it can be. There is also some examination of people and their impact on or relation to the natural environment. Dillard sees things how they are and does not shy away from moments of death or brutality. There is some humor here as well. It can seem to wander at times, but always circles back to the topic of nature. Mostly it is fantastic descriptive writing: the brilliant metaphors and figurative language paint a very vivid picture in the reader's mind. A veritable pleasure to read and experience.


Jul 26, 2007

Pilgrims All

My favorite book, full of rich details about nature--and about being human. We are all pilgrims at Tinker Creek (or Shoals Creek, or Cypress Creek, or Woman Hollering Creek) and how much we enjoy the pilgrimage depends on how willing we are to observe and meditate. Dillard's keen eye for detail, and her ability to transcribe and share what she sees and feels, bring the reader along on her forays into the woods and fields around her cabin on Tinker Creek, through all the seasons of one year. She makes the connections between literature, science, philosophy, entymology, etymology, practical wisdom, and the natural world. I love this book and re-read it often.

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