Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Paperback)

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This is one of my all time favorite books! I used it to help keep my sanity during law school. This collection of musings on the strange & wonderful workings of nature based on a year spent in the Blue Ridge Mountains is thought provoking and delightful. It is one book I return to time & again to hone my sense of wonder when it begins to wane. -Bobby

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is the story of a dramatic year in Virginia's Roanoke Valley. Annie Dillard sets out to see what she can see. What she sees are astonishing incidents of "beauty tangled in a rapture with violence."


Her personal narrative highlights one year's exploration on foot in the Virginia region through which Tinker Creek runs. In the summer, Dillard stalks muskrats in the creek and contemplates wave mechanics; in the fall, she watches a monarch butterfly migration and dreams of Arctic caribou. She tries to con a coot; she collects pond water and examines it under a microscope. She unties a snake skin, witnesses a flood, and plays King of the Meadow with a field of grasshoppers. The result is an exhilarating tale of nature and its seasons.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061233326
ISBN-10: 0061233323
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Publication Date: September 10th, 2013
Pages: 304
Language: English