Holy the Firm

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 80 pages
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"[This] is a book of great richness, beauty and power and thus very difficult to do justice to in a brief review...The violence is sometimes unbearable, the language rarely less than superb. Dillard's description of the moth's death makes Virginia Woolf's go dim and Edwardian. Nature seen so clear and hard that the eyes tear...A rare and precious book." — Freferick Buechner, New York Times Book Review

From Pulitzer Prize-winning Annie Dillard, a book about the grace, beauty, and terror of the natural world. 

In the mid 1970s, Annie Dillard spent two years on an island in Puget Sound in a room with a solitary window, a cat, and a spider for company, asking herself questions about memory, time, sacrifice, reality, death, and God. Holy the Firm, the diary-like collection of her thoughts, feelings, and ruminations during this time, is a lyrical gift to any reader who have ever wondered how best to live with grace and wonder in the natural world.

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User Review  - HippieLunatic - LibraryThing

Interesting exploration of what is holy, what is good, what is certain. Didn't love the style, but there were a couple of lines that hit perfectly for me. Worth the short investment of time, most definitely. Read full review

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User Review  - mkboylan - LibraryThing

When I read [Pilgrim at Tinker Creek] by [[Dillard]], I knew I wanted more. The line that stayed with me from that first book was Dillard talking about the oneness of all of life. She is so clearly ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Annie Dillard is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, An American Childhood, The Writing Life, The Living and The Maytrees. She is a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters and has received fellowship grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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