Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Annie DillardLondon: Jonathan Cape, 1975, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Boards a little faded, dye to the top edge more so. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Illustrated endpapers and blanks; Chapter headpieces;
From the cover: “With the exacting eye of a naturalist and a poet’s ear for rhythm and movement, Annie Dillard explores the woods, streams and fields of the lower Shenandoah Valley where she lives, reaching into the darkest corners for the treasures most of us would never find. The universe she sees is at once exquisite and fresh, morbid and grotesque. Her delicate narrative is filled with trees and floods, the ‘spiritual energy’ of the wind, with countless insects and birds. She stalks muskrats. She watches a mockingbird playfully experiment with free-fall until just a breath before he would have been dashed to the ground, he unfurls his wings with exact, deliberate care and so floats on to the ground. A giant killer beetle slithers from beneath a rock and sucks a frog until all that is left of it is a dry, brittle shell. There is a ceaseless sense of wonder in these revelations at Tinker Greek: I find an intricate landscape whose forms are fringed in death: I find mystery, newness and a kind of exuberant, spendthrift energy.
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is an exhilarating song of praise. Not since Walien have the seasons followed each other in such an abundant celebration of language. On each new day the pilgrim is struck again with reverence for the mystery of it all: ‘The universe was not made in jest but in solemn incomprehensible earnest. By a power that is unfathom-ably secret, and holy and fleet. There is nothing to be done about it, but ignore it or see’.”