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5.0 out of 5 stars Raving for Dillard's Holy the Firm
Pulitzer-Prize winning author Annie Dillard's Holy the Firm transcends the genres of poetry and essay as fluidly as it does the disciplines of philosophy and religion. Her writing is lucid and inspiring and this tiny volume contains more insight and wisdom than virtually any other modern text I've encountered. I'd highly recommend this book to any reader, in hopes...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Well-intentioned arrogance
Dillard's work is poetic, but her conclusions troubling. She tries to form a redemptive narrative of material that cannot be answered by this simplistic approach. For example, she addresses a young girl who has been badly burned, telling the girl that she has become a nun in her suffering, that she will learn something, that it won't take this young girl as long to...
Published on 14 April 1999


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raving for Dillard's Holy the Firm, 30 Jun 1999
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Pulitzer-Prize winning author Annie Dillard's Holy the Firm transcends the genres of poetry and essay as fluidly as it does the disciplines of philosophy and religion. Her writing is lucid and inspiring and this tiny volume contains more insight and wisdom than virtually any other modern text I've encountered. I'd highly recommend this book to any reader, in hopes that Dillard's unique writing style and her spirited intellect can bring to others the same inspiration they have brought me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dilliard paints the world in words,a must read:Holy the Firm, 23 Jan 1997
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Amazing. I read this book for my AP comp. class
(independant reading) and was swept away by Dilliard's
imagery. She not only describes elaborate pictures of the
interworkings of life, but paints pictures with words of
emotion. She basis this book on the tragedy of a little
girl, who was in an airplane crash--her personal torment at
hearing about this helpless little girl, is expressed throughout the book and
fills the reader with a sense of pure and exposed emotions.
Raw. This book is no novel, but the length should not fool
you--each page is packed with amazing analogies,
metaphors, and awesome syntax. Each sentence is so well
constructed, that whole paragraphs leave the reader tingling
from description, and epiphanies. I would recommend this
book to anyone who was willing to try to see a different
view of life. Especially if you question people's thoughts
and societies norms and general beliefs--throughout this
Dilliard ponders the existance of God. And anyone who loves
Nature should definately look into this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and thought-provoking, 24 Dec 1998
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A rare book like "Holy the Firm" comes once in a while to lead us to our inner selves. With rich and vivid imagery written in lyrical perfection, Annie Dillard shares with us her musings and meditations on nature, life, God. She writes, "Who are we to demand explanations of God? (And what monsters of perfection should we be if we did not?)." And yet, this isn't all about heavy stuff. Through her words, we see the wonders of nature; you can feel the air, touch the moths, take in the view of the bay. Her writing stirs your own questions within, and while she doesn't provide answers, only answers to her own questions, she takes you on the road to the search for Truth and Life.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Well-intentioned arrogance, 14 April 1999
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Dillard's work is poetic, but her conclusions troubling. She tries to form a redemptive narrative of material that cannot be answered by this simplistic approach. For example, she addresses a young girl who has been badly burned, telling the girl that she has become a nun in her suffering, that she will learn something, that it won't take this young girl as long to come to the same realizations that she, Dillard herself, has reached. This seems a hubris of the most disturbing kind, to use the suffering of another to say "now you'll know what I've known," when it's entirely questionable whether or not Dillard can claim this kind of suffering. Or, even if she can, that she attempts to instruct another in the realm of what lies beyond instruction. Dillard's thoughts are worth reading, but they also require a careful questioning, as her assumptions are sometimes highly problematic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzled., 22 April 2013
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There are moments in life when one needs books like this. Whether or not you have a faith or subscribe to a religion, most of us would acknowledge that the human spirit is real. Annie Dillard has the extremely rare talent of reaching out to that spirituality and engaging with it with extraordinary power. If she's out there and sees this, thank you Annie for this little book. Other reviewers have said what it's about and how uplifting her imagery is, but for me it also contains a disturbingly deep and unforgettable inspiration like the poems of Rimbaud or the Bhavagad Gita.
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