Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

By Annie Dillard
Read by Tavia Gilbert

10.15 Hours 02/13/2009 unabridged
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In this classic of literary nonfiction, Annie Dillard takes us through a year of on-foot explorations through her own landscape, bringing anecdotes, curiosities, and insights about all she observes and experiences. In the summer, she stalks muskrats in the creek and thinks about wave mechanics; in the fall, she watches a monarch butterfly migration and dreams of Arctic caribou. She tries to con a coot, unties a snakeskin, witnesses a flood, and plays “King of the Meadow” with a field of grasshoppers. Throughout her wanderings, Annie Dillard’s keen observations, poetic sensibilities, introspective reflections, and reverence for her surroundings show us the world outside as we have never seen it before.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction

In this classic of literary nonfiction, Annie Dillard takes us through a year of on-foot explorations through her own landscape, bringing anecdotes, curiosities, and insights about all she observes and experiences. In the summer, she stalks muskrats in the creek and thinks about wave mechanics; in the fall, she watches a monarch butterfly migration and dreams of Arctic caribou. She tries to con a coot, unties a snakeskin, witnesses a flood, and plays “King of the Meadow” with a field of grasshoppers. Throughout her wanderings, Annie Dillard’s keen observations, poetic sensibilities, introspective reflections, and reverence for her surroundings show us the world outside as we have never seen it before.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The book is a form of meditation, written with headlong urgency, about seeing…A reader's heart must go out to a young writer with a sense of wonder so fearless and unbridled.” Eudora Welty, New York Times Book Review
“Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is a series of essays that combines scientific observation, philosophy, daily thoughts, and deeper introspection with glorious prose.” 500 Great Books by Women
“The precision of individual words, the vitality of metaphor, the sheer profusion of sources, the vivid sensory and cerebral impressions—all combine to make Pilgrim at Tinker Creek something extravagant and extraordinary.” Kirsten Backstrom, 500 Great Books by Women
“[Tavia Gilbert] provides the proper measure of youthful enthusiasm and wide-eyed wonder at both the grandest and the most minute details of the natural world. As the author combines descriptive imagery and quirky observation with personal anecdotes, Gilbert channels her intense focus on detail with precision. The work itself is contemplative.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Annie Dillard

Annie Dillard is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and numerous other works of nonfiction, including An American Childhood and For the Time Being. Her novels include The Living and, most recently, The Maytrees.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 10.15
Audience: Adult
Language: English