Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
“The book is a form of meditation, written with headlong urgency, about seeing. . . . There is an ambition about her book that I like. . . . It is the ambition to feel.” — Eudora Welty, New York Times Book Review
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is the story of a dramatic year in Virginia's Roanoke Valley, where Annie Dillard set out to chronicle incidents of "beauty tangled in a rapture with violence."
Dillard's personal narrative highlights one year's exploration on foot in the Virginia region through which Tinker Creek runs. In the summer, she 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.
Personal favorite of mine. Was lucky to have a friend recommend it. Follows close in the spirit of a 19th century transcendentalist as well as evoking a human voice heard against the sounds of our natural world. Scientific as well as spiritual, this book is a true worth in a world over stuffed with words.
On Behalf of All Decathletes,
I would like to apologize, for the many hours wasted attempting to understand this novel. Never has such nonsense been expanded into 400 pages until today.
A fellow member,
The description above should note this book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1975.