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The Annie Dillard Reader Hardcover – 1 Nov 1994

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (Nov. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060171588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060171582
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.2 x 24.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,061,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the most distinctive voices in American letters today.""--Boston Globe" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Annie Dillard has written twelve books, including in nonfiction For the Time Being, Teaching a Stone to Talk, Holy the Firm, and Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable 14 Nov. 2001
By Francisco X. Stork - Published on
Format: Paperback
You have read all of Annie's books. Some more than once. Still, this is a good book for you. It's a little heavy but worth putting in your briefcase and lugging around. Who ever said that beauty comes without effort? So you have the book with you and now if you find yourself in a deserted island, or stranded in the Canadian wilderness in the middle of winter, you are safe. When your soul aches, there is comfort. As you walk to catch the evening train after another day of struggle, the very weight of the book lightens your step. On the train ride home you open it at random and, slowly, light filters in. Sometimes, you soar and loop the air and land gingerly, as if nothing had happened. You read other books. You have to. Still, you carry this book in addition to. You carry it like what? A spare tire? An extra oxygen tank? Maybe. A soft wool blanket. To throw over your heart when it starts getting cold. It's not just little pieces of remembered joy all bound in one. It's that she picked these writings herself and in so doing created something new. There is also this: you can see how The Living was born, see it also reduced to its essence. You see also the works as one work, one life, one life span. So structured, images and themes, recur and bounce, blend and bifurcate, a symphony, a palette, a Fourth of July firework bursting into a million stars, against the dark night sky.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and the best writing ever 29 Nov. 2013
By Celtic Girl - Published on
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I have both the hardback and the Kindle version of this. Dillard will always be my all-time favorite writer. I think she has lived an authentic life and hasn't sought the limelight, in spite of having won awards for her writing ("Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" won the Pulitzer, to name one). There is something about a writer who lives as authentically as the words she writes that gives me the utmost respect for her. It makes for a seamless experience when reading her works. Whether you read her nonfiction or her fiction ("The Living" and "The Maytrees"), every book is like reading a combination of poetry and prose. No one writes as lyrically as Annie Dillard. Her ideas are formed into words that read as sacrament sometimes. My second-favorite writer is Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen; "Winter Tales," "Out of Africa," etc.), who also has a mastery of language. If you had the canon of both writers, you'd know everything you needed to about life (read Dinesen's short story "Sorrow Acre" to get an idea of what I mean). I'm envious of anyone who discovers these writers for the first time. He/she will be banqueting on a feast of words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars English Lit. Degree required, at best 12 Feb. 2014
By Rebus - Published on
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It has taken me two weeks to read two stories, but I really love the two I've read so far. If I had a degree in Eng. Lit. at least I'm sure I would move and absorb with more speed. I'm planning on a year or more to read this great book! I heard a song by Laurie Anderson where she mentions an Annie Dillard story and I bought this book after hearing Dillards name over and over for years. Laurie I know holds many degrees, so it comes as no surprise that this book would be better understood by an academic. Having no college, this book will become a study for me, as many books I'm interested in do. That is fine with me, I'm game!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dissecting Dillard 27 April 2013
By Rebecca L. Briley - Published on
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Annie Dilliard suffers no fools, takes no prisoners. When one opens a Dilliard reader, one commits body and soul to a vivisection of his/her conscience on any level. No one can immerse him/herself in Dilliard without the scars to prove it--and one is better for the surgery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anything by Annie Dillard 1 Nov. 2013
By Peter D. Schaller - Published on
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I am partial. I love reading Annie Dillard, anything and everything. As a writer, she is one of the literary geniuses that has most inspired and motivated me. Annie Dillard teaches us to breathe, to notice the details, to live, to give.
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