For the Time Being

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 19, 2010 - Philosophy - 224 pages
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"Beautifully written and delightfully strange...as earthy as it is sublime...in the truest sense, an eye-opener." --Daily News

From Annie Dillard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and one of the most compelling writers of our time, comes For the Time Being, her most profound narrative to date. With her keen eye, penchant for paradox, and yearning for truth, Dillard renews our ability to discover wonder in life's smallest--and often darkest--corners.

Why do we exist? Where did we come from? How can one person matter? Dillard searches for answers in a powerful array of images: pictures of bird-headed dwarfs in the standard reference of human birth defects; ten thousand terra-cotta figures fashioned for a Chinese emperor in place of the human court that might have followed him into death; the paleontologist and theologian Teilhard de Chardin crossing the Gobi Desert; the dizzying variety of clouds. Vivid, eloquent, haunting, For the Time Being evokes no less than the terrifying grandeur of all that remains tantalizingly and troublingly beyond our understanding.

"Stimulating, humbling, original--. [Dillard] illuminate[s] the human perspective of the world, past, present and future, and the individual's relatively inconsequential but ever so unique place in it."--Rocky Mountain News
 

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User Review  - JamesMScott - LibraryThing

Narrative ruminations, deeply mining the mystery of human existence. She loosely centers the collection on an early 20th century jesuit archaeologist, who left quite a written record to ponder. Rabbis ... Read full review

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

There are many nuggets of insight and imagination in this short book by Annie Dillard. She draws on many spiritual traditions, including Zen Buddhism, Ignation spirituality, Hasidism, and more. Powerful reflections. Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER TWO
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER FOUR
CHAPTER FIVE
CHAPTER SIX
CHAPTER SEVEN
P E R M I S S I O N S  A C K N O W L E D G M E N T S
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Annie Dillard lives in Middletown, Connecticut.


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