This is one book that I'm going to keep, not send back out again. Annie Dillard's descriptions of her experiences with nature make the reader think in a larger frame of mind. She brings in many asides that make the reader travel with her as she ponders the absolute immensity and minuteness of the world. I think I will have to reread this book many times to understand and to digest the treasures it holds.
It's been several years since I read this book, but I still have it and intend to read it again. Tender and detailed descriptions of nature. Dillard is a skilled and sharp observer and has the knack of making you feel you are there with her.
I initially borrowed a copy from a friend, but I discovered that I needed my own copy. I wanted to underline and reread. This is a very thought provoking book. It is densely packed with nuggets about nature, science, and life that you will want to read, think about, and read again!
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is a series of interconnected essays which challenge the listener to contemplate the natural world beyond its commonplace surfaces. Dillard's uses beautiful alliterative phrasing, glorious imagery, and inspired themes. An energetic, Thoreauvian ramble through Nature's seasons and secrets. Coming across a cedar tree one day, Dillard sees "the tree with the lights in it," a spiritual phenomenon emblematic of her uncanny way of knowing what is real and true about a universe designed by "a maniac." Cassidy brilliantly conveys Dillard the seer interacting with the grotesque majesties of the scene.
"Here is no gentle romantic twirling a buttercup... Miss Dillard is stalking the reader as surely as any predator stalks its game... Here is not only a habitat of cruelty and 'the waste of pain,' but the savage and magnificent world of the Old Testament, presided over by a passionate Jehovah with no Messiah in sight.... A remarkable psalm of terror and celebration." -- Melvin Maddocks