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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Author: Annie Dillard
Publisher: Toronto ; New York : Bantam Books, 1978, ©1974.
Series: Bantan books : non-fiction
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What is the true nature of Nature? Is it a harmonious, interconnected system, operating according to the principles of co-dependence and benevolence? Or is it red in tooth and claw, an unfeeling, unthinking force, in which the individual is overwhelmed and subsumed to serve a larger purpose, one mysterious and obscure? This is what this volume is all about: an exploration into the nature of Nature, an attempt to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Annie Dillard
ISBN: 0553126350 9780553126358
OCLC Number: 7070982
Description: 279 pages ; 18 cm.
Series Title: Bantan books : non-fiction
Responsibility: Annie Dillard.

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What is the true nature of Nature? Is it a harmonious, interconnected system, operating according to the principles of co-dependence and benevolence? Or is it red in tooth and claw, an unfeeling, unthinking force, in which the individual is overwhelmed and subsumed to serve a larger purpose, one mysterious and obscure? This is what this volume is all about: an exploration into the nature of Nature, an attempt to discover the true character of the natural world around us. Appropriately, it is neither a rapturous celebration of Nature, nor a grim survey of its various cruelties. Rather, like Nature itself, it is something in between, and something quite beautiful. It is a collection of related essays recounting the author's thoughts on Nature as she observes the ecological happenings of the eponymous Tinker Creek in Virginia's Blue Ridge valley for a period of several years.

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