Pilgrim at Tinker Creek has continued to change people's lives for over thirty years. A passionate and poetic reflection on the mystery of creation with its beauty on the one hand and cruelty on the other, it has become a modern American literary classic in the tradition of Thoreau. Living in solitude in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Roanoke, ...
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek has continued to change people's lives for over thirty years. A passionate and poetic reflection on the mystery of creation with its beauty on the one hand and cruelty on the other, it has become a modern American literary classic in the tradition of Thoreau. Living in solitude in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Roanoke, Virginia, and observing the changing seasons, the flora and fauna, the author reflects on the nature of creation and of the God who set it in motion. Whether the images are cruel or lovely, the language is memorably beautiful and poetic, and insistently celebratory. Just pay attention, Dillard urges throughout, and you will find yourself 'sailing headlong and breathless under the gale force of the spirit'.
Very Good. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall; First Edition, Very Good Minus/Good Minus condition, text tight and unmarked, NO age toning, price-clipped dust jacket shows smudges and the spine is darkened looks like soot letters on spine hard to see, book was obviously in a place where there was some fire because of soot smudges on dj and on top and bottom of text block, no smell though and text in nice shape.
Book fine in near fine jacket. Signed by the author on the title page. Bound in publisher's original green cloth with the spine stamped in gilt. The dust jacket is price clipped, has chips and closed tears to the extremities, and the spine is sunned. Previous owner's bookplate on the front pastedown endpaper. Two notes, one on Wesleyan University stationary, signed by the author laid-in.
As New. Pulitzer Prize winner. Signed collector's edition. SIGNED by the author. Octavo, fully bound in dark green leather with gilt lettering and design, raised bands along spine, all edges gilt, ribbon bookmark. As new. Still in original shrinkwrap.; 271 pages.
As New. 8vo A special Limited edition, SIGNED by author Anne Dillard. This book has never been read and is in As New condition, never taken out of its original shrink-wrap; Annie Dillard's Pulitzer Prize-winning Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is a series of interconnected essays combining scientific observation, philosophy, daily thoughts, and deeper introspection with glorious prose. Contains all of the classic Easton Press trimmings: premium leather, silk moiré end leaves, distinctive cover design, raised bands, accented in real 22KT gold, satin ribbon page marker, gilded page edges, long-lasting, high quality acid-neutral paper, sewn pages for strength and durability.
Fine in very good dust jacket. FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING + VERY GOOD CONDITION + ORIGINAL HARDBACK FORMAT WITH PRICE CLIPPED DUST JACKET; COLLECTING BOOKS SINCE 1988, SELLING BOOKS SINCE 2008. 271 p. Audience: General/trade.
Fine in very good dust jacket. Price clipped. Book in tiptop condition. DJ very good with price clipped. A signed letter, postmarked 1975, from the author, Anne Dillard, to the book's owner was taped to the inside cover. 271 p. Audience: General/trade.
First Perennial edition. The author's own copy with her personal bookplate. Signed by Annie Dillard on the title page. In near fine condition. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is the story of a dramatic year in Virginia's Blue Ridge valley. Annie Dillard sets out to see what she can see. What she sees are astonishing incidents of "mystery, death, beauty, violence." "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).
Collectible-Very Good+ in Very Good- jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. INSCRIBED & SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR 271 pages. Inscribed and signed by Annie Dillard on half-title page. This state has "HB1D" printed on last blank page, in the gutter. Upper corners of book cover are just lightly bumped; tiny rubbed area on rear and pastedown endpaper. DJ is toned, especially at spine, with hint of soiling and light superficial scratch on rear. Light edgewear; in new mylar.
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
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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