For the Time Being

For the Time Being

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Random House, Inc.
Following a novel, a memoir, and a book of poems, Annie Dillard returns to a form of nonfiction she has made her own--now, on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.

This personal narrative surveys the panorama of our world, past and present. Here is a natural history of sand, a catalogue of clouds, a batch of newborns on an obstetrical ward, a family of Mongol horsemen. Here is the story of Jesuit paleontologist Teilhard de Chardin digging in the deserts of China. Here is the story of Hasidic thought rising in Eastern Europe. Here are defect and beauty together, miracle and tragedy, time and eternity. Dillard poses questions about God, natural evil, and individual existence. Personal experience, science, and religion bear on a welter of fact. How can an individual matter? How might one live?

Compassionate, informative, enthralling, always surprising, For the Time Being shows one of our most original writers--her breadth of knowledge matched by keen powers of observation, all of it informing her relentless curiosity--in the fullness of her powers.

Baker & Taylor
Explores the rich diversities of our world, ranging from a natural history of sand to the rise of Hasidic thought to the eternal questions of God, evil, individuality, and time

Book News
A popular novelist and poet surveys the panorama of our world, past and present. She offers a natural history of sand, describes a batch of newborns on an obstetrical ward, chronicles a family of Mongol horsemen, and tells the story of Jesuit paleontologist Teilhard de Chardin digging the deserts of China. She brings together defect and beauty, miracle and tragedy, and poses questions about God, nature, evil, and individual existence. No index. 5.5x8. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
This personal narrative surveys the panorama of our world, past and present. Here is a natural history of sand, a catalogue of clouds, a batch of newborns on an obstetrical ward, a family of Mongol horsemen. Here is the story of Jesuit paleontologist Teilhard de Chardin digging in the deserts of China. Here is the story of Hasidic thought rising in Eastern Europe. Here are defect and beauty together, miracle and tragedy, time and eternity. Dillard poses questions about God, natural evil, and individual existence. Personal experience, science, and religion bear on a welter of fact. How can an individual matter? How might one live?

Baker
& Taylor

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek comes an intensely personal narrative that explores the rich diversities of our world, ranging from a natural history of sand to the rise of Hasidic thought to the eternal questions of God, evil, individuality, and time. 60,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1999
Edition: 1st trade ed
ISBN: 9780375403804
0375403809
Branch Call Number: 814.54 DIL
Characteristics: ix, 205 p. ; 20 cm

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Devin_Library Aug 06, 2009

Two hundred pages that one can live with, and ruminate on, for months. Dillard weaves a whole pilgrimage through meandering threads of ideas, history and precise observations of nature. A bit of a magic trick how the narrative hangs together; such a delicate touch.

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