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Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters (1982)

by Annie Dillard

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My mom told me this was her favorite book. It is still in the currently reading pile but at the bottom.
  mlake | Apr 28, 2015 |
"A collection of meditations like polished stones--painstakingly worded, tough-minded, yet partial to mystery, and peerless when it comes to injecting larger resonances into the natural world." -- --Kirkus Reviews

"Teaching a Stone to Talk is superb. As with the flying fish, Annie Dillard doesn't do it often, but when she does she silver-streaks out of the blue and archingly transcends all other writers of our day in all the simple, intimate, and beautiful ways of the natural master." -- -- R. Buckminster Fuller

"The natural world is ignited by her prose and we see the world as an incandescent metaphor of the spirit...Few writers evoke better than she the emotion of awe, and few have ever conveyed more graphically the weight of silence, the force of the immaterial." -- -- Robert Taylor, Boston Globe

"This little book is haloed and informed throughout by Dillard's distinctive passion and intensity, a sort of intellectual radiance that reminds me both Thoreau and Emily Dickinson." -- -- Edward Abbey, Chicago Sun-Times
  Bonneville_Dam | Apr 2, 2015 |
Much more unfocused and wild (?) than Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (my love!), but that's just the nature of essays, no? I prefer the essays in the first half of the book, for some reason. ( )
  amelish | Sep 12, 2013 |
In a lot of ways, Dillard taught me to see. She gave me tools I use every day, and hope to use for every day I have left. Her prose is full of awe and wonder and reverence. This is my favorite of all her books.
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  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
i like dillard's long pieces best. but this was okay. it was recommended by women travel. ( )
  mahallett | Mar 25, 2012 |
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Here, in this compelling assembly of writings, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard explores the world of natural facts and human meanings.

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer shares her sharply observed, keenly felt encounters with the natural world--in landscapes of Eastern woods and farmlands, the Pacific Northwest coast, and tropical islands and rivers.

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