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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Amazing novel for word-, thought-, and nature-lovers.

Though most other high schoolers who reviewed this book disliked it, I read it as a sophomore and absolutely loved it. After nearly every single page, paragraph, or mind-boggling idea, I would literally jump up, elated, and try to explain what was so amazing to whoever ...
Though most other high schoolers who reviewed this book disliked it, I read it as a sophomore and absolutely loved it. After nearly every single page, paragraph, or mind-boggling idea, I would literally jump up, elated, and try to explain what was so amazing to whoever happened to be in the room. Dillard manages to pack hundreds of original, thought-provoking images and ideas into the novel with vivid, striking language. The book isn't a particularly quick read, but Dillard retains the reader's interest with unexpected bits of science and stunning sentences sprinkled (and sometimes heavily poured) throughout.

If you have, as Dillard does, "a brain-pouch, catching and absorbing small bits that fall deeply into [your] open eye," this book is for you. If the passage "...the universe has continued to deal exclusively in extravagances, flinging intricacies and colossi down aeons of emptiness, heaping profusions on profligacies with ever-fresh vigor" makes you want to explode with appreciation for words, this book is for you. If you're struggling to find beauty or natural (but not necessarily religious) spirituality within our seemingly brutal world, read Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.

posted by 2718515 on January 12, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

this book reminds me on the time Rimbaud said...

Despite all the positive reviews, I found this book completely unreadable. It is 277 pages of pointless, mindless free association interspersed with needless quotations designed to prove how literate author is. From W.C. Fields to Martin Buber to Xerxes, the reader is...
Despite all the positive reviews, I found this book completely unreadable. It is 277 pages of pointless, mindless free association interspersed with needless quotations designed to prove how literate author is. From W.C. Fields to Martin Buber to Xerxes, the reader is presented with the insights of various historical figures which appear out-of-blue and are too often unrelated to whatever lose-yourself-in-nature horse the author happens to be beating to death. One must wonder whether they are strategically placed in an attempt to convince the reader how profound the author's simplistic insights must be. Ask a 5th grader for their opinion of what it's like to be a tree and you will get the same imagery in less time without the pretentiousness.

posted by Anonymous on July 31, 2003

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2001

    Educated observation written with an artist's hand

    I would like to know this person. She is equally at home with minute observation as well as grand metaphysics. I reread this book every year or so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2000

    Absolutely inspiring.

    After being perfectly enthralled by the chapter entitled, 'Seeing,' which I read in a compilation of essays for a memoir writing class I took, and after hearing many people rave about it, I finally decided that I needed to read the whole book. I couldn't have been more captivated; the author's honesty and fascination instantly grab the reader's attention, and with incredibly fine attention to detail she describes the wonderful world around her...and makes you put down the book viewing your own world with just a little more awe. I actually had to pace myself while reading this book, just to prolong the magic. Recommended to all devoted memoir- and journal-writers.

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