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An American Childhood

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

An American Childhood

Initaially, I was reading 'An American Childhood' only because it was mandatory ... but, to my pleasant suprise it turned out to be an engaging, thought-provoking, and beautifully written story. Annie Dillard's ability to capture character, personality, and emotion on ...
Initaially, I was reading 'An American Childhood' only because it was mandatory ... but, to my pleasant suprise it turned out to be an engaging, thought-provoking, and beautifully written story. Annie Dillard's ability to capture character, personality, and emotion on paper is truely astounding. This book makes you enter the mid-1900's through the eyes of a growing child and makes you reflect on your own life. Although typically a fan of mystery and adventure stories, I would recommend Annie Dillard's 'An American Childhood' to anyone wishing to read an engaging story of curiosity, detrmination, observation, imagination, change, and personal reflection. (Please do not rush through this book -- read, think, and enjoy!)

posted by Anonymous on July 23, 2005

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Ever Driven with Someone Just Learning How to Drive Standard?

Because thats exactly what this novel was like...jumpy, painful, and irritating. Sure, you may get where you are meaning to go, but its a bumpy ride and not enjoyable. I was forced to read this novel for summer reading and normally love everything I read, but this was...
Because thats exactly what this novel was like...jumpy, painful, and irritating. Sure, you may get where you are meaning to go, but its a bumpy ride and not enjoyable. I was forced to read this novel for summer reading and normally love everything I read, but this was unbearable. If you can get through it, it does provide some valuable lessons, but they are not necessarily worth the pain.

posted by Anonymous on December 26, 2003

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  • Posted July 19, 2010

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    Tripe

    In all fairness, I never finished the book. I am the type of person that will finish every book I start whether I like it or not, but I felt like every page was torture. It just felt so worthless!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2008

    horrible

    Don't waste your time with this book. It sucked.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2007

    this book is a piece of worthless crap

    I had to read this book for AP English and i have to say, i have never read a more stupid and pointless book in my entire life. The story drones on and on about her life experiences such as 'the art of telling jokes,' dancing with some stupid boy she had a crush on, or, 'this is the best passage in the book, NOT!' HER ROCK COLLECTION!!!!WHOOO!!! 10 pages about rock. just great. Bottom line, Annie Dillard cannot write. but i have to give her credit, her book no only makes for a good torture, but is also a great sleeping aid. I swear, a couple pages of this book, and you'll be out cold before you know it.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2006

    horrible.

    this book sucked. okay, there's one chapter that starts out with, 'I got my rock collection from our grandparents' paper boy...' and it goes on talking about rocks for 10 pages. there is no plot. and the story kinda just ends. i seriously fell asleep after reading 2 pages every time. i mean, if your life is that boring, don't bore other people with it by writing a whole autobiography about it. so if you are unable to fall asleep at night, just buy this book, read it, and your sleep problems will be solved!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2006

    Absolutely Terrible

    This book was a waste of my life. There was no plot, no context, and not even the slightest hint of creativity. Every paragraph and chapter is inconsitent with the other and the whole piece ended up being an endless (and unintelligible) jumble of uninteresting 'anecdotes' about rocks and the author's family. 250 pages about nothing is a sorry excuse for a book and An American Childhood is no exception.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2002

    Dribble, Lame Non-sense Dribble

    This book is probably the lamest book I have ever picked up and read. I'm sorry for even buying it, it was a major mistake. It's a rip off of Dennis the Menace and Huck Finn!!! It even failed to be as exciting as those... man, it sucked!!! It seems the only good author left in this world is Hunter S. Thompson because all the others suck!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 9, 2010

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