Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters (2019)

Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters Annie Dillard Teaching a Stone to Talk Expeditions and Encounters Here in this compelling assembly of writings Pulitzer Prize winning author Annie Dillard explores the world of natural facts and human meanings
  • Title: Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters
  • Author: Annie Dillard
  • ISBN: 9780060915414
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Paperback
Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters Annie Dillard Here, in this compelling assembly of writings, Pulitzer Prize winning author Annie Dillard explores the world of natural facts and human meanings.
Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters Annie Dillard

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  1. Thomas Watson

    Reading Dillard is like watching a figure skater You don t really understand or appreciate what you ve just experienced until you try to walk across an icy sidewalk.

  2. Shannonpresler

    Every time I read Annie Dillard I become responsible In general Her words are purposeful, she addresses sorrow, beauty and terror with nouns and adjectives that, if you aren t careful, look like every other noun and adjective you have ever read But this isn t so There is not a wasted syllable Read about the Deer at Provenance, a story about a young fawn tied to a tree, resigning to the despair of its own death, and the people that circle around, quietly, and watch And then read how she balances [...]

  3. Lauren

    Wholly unexpected and completely amazing I see the reviews of my fellow Goodreaders and I can echo them, Dillard is an artist and her words both perplexed and thrilled me the polar expedition histories interspersed with detailed observations about the eclectic praise band at her church finally meshing together with a trippy baby christening on an arctic ice flow WOW She made me laugh out loud It is madness to wear a ladies straw hat and velvet hats to church we should all be wearing crash helmet [...]

  4. Jeremy Forstadt

    Annie Dillard is one of the most satisfying essayists I know Although I am not, generally, a reader of nature studies, Dillard s essays seem just perfect to me If I had a single criticism, it would be that she generally ties in a theme or moral to her story to the extent that it would almost seems forced , but the language is so beautifully descriptive and the resolutions so elegant, that I am willing to forgive her for it.In Total Eclipse she manages to describe the experience of witnessing a t [...]

  5. Tricia

    This is a book of essays some reflective, mostly descriptive Sometimes I was reading and thinking, What the hell is she talking about But, it s worth it to keep reading because there are phrases and paragraphs that are just golden From Total Eclipse The mind the culture has two little tools, grammar and lexicon a decorated sand bucket and a matching shovel From An Expedition to the Pole It all seems a pit at first, for I have overcome a fiercely anti Catholic upbringing in order to attend Mass s [...]

  6. Chris

    Not my favorite, though there are wonderful moments here She seems in An Expedition to the Pole to get wrong what she gets so right in For the Time Being In the latter, she lays her examinations internal and external side by side and leaves us to connect They resonate against one another and flare out into unexpected meanings Here, she smashes her examinations of the lives of arctic explorers together with her impressions of a largely mundane Catholic service in a surreal mish mash that clumsily [...]

  7. Chris Gager

    Found this one somewhere In the past I have found AD to be a bit of a trial The Maytrees was unreadable but her memoir wasn t too bad The BIG problem for me is her intensely twee poetic prose This book is a collection of shorter pieces I read the first one last night and it was OK I ll be reading one at a time Chapter 2 An Expedition to the Pole Meanders for many pages between the author s experiences as a spiritual seeker in a local Catholic church definitely NOT a cathedral and piecemeal inves [...]

  8. Bob Nichols

    The book is uneven More often than not, I don t know what is being said or why Words and sentences are presented with little or no meaning Stories jump around and I miss their line And yet, there s always enough to keep me going When Dillard encountered a weasel unexpectedly, she writes that our eyes locked, and someone threw away the key It s face was fierce, small and pointed as a lizard s he would have made a good arrowhead, she observes Reflecting on its life, she says that The weasel lives [...]

  9. Paul

    In this collection of fourteen essays Dillard brings her almost forensic observation of natural world as well as a keen perception of the smallest detail to a wide variety of subjects Starting with her thoughts on a solar eclipse that she travels to see in Yakima, we accompany her on her a journey to the Appalachian Mountains and all the way to the Galapagos Islands With her we see the world through the eyes of a weasel and take a walk from her home We also meet the man who inspired the title of [...]

  10. H

    from AN EXPEDITION TO THE POLE God does not demand that we give up our personal dignity, that we throw in our lot with random people, that we lose ourselves and turn from all that is not him God needs nothing, asks nothing, and demands nothing, like the stars It is a life with God which demands these things.Experiences has taught the race that if knowledge of God is the end, then these habits of life are not the means but the condition in which the means operates You do not have to do these thin [...]

  11. Geoff Wyss

    This one was recommended by readers I trust, but I simply couldn t like it no matter how much I tried There are very nice bits here and there, but those bits are smothered by the essays constant habit of insisting on themselves, sometimes explicitly but often through precious repetitions heavy, obvious images and symbols and tortured syntax that says, Here comes something meaningful Lots of self indulgence, self consciousness, coyness, voice all filling in the voids of thought Maybe the most da [...]

  12. David

    Simply one of the best essay collections I can ever remember reading Annie is warm and funny, but also thoughtful and quirky, and so much of the time you re never entirely sure where the essay is going to arrive This uncertain quality is a nice feature of any essay, to my mind I love essays that still keep Montaigne s sense of the word essai as an attempt That said, each of these pieces, long and short, is impeccably crafted, and loaded with memorable side paths and stunning turns of phrase Now [...]

  13. Lisa

    Each time I tried to read this book I would notice my boyfriend laughing, what I didn t notice was that I would sit down heavily and sigh as though someone was making me do knuckle push ups I was loaned this book by a wealthy, bored woman that I work for and thought it would be polite of me to read the book that means so much to her Today I decided I m done fighting I m tired of hearing about god and self righteous observations of nature and man conquering it I found this book pompous, boring, a [...]

  14. Dave

    Adventurous collection of essays, generally on the intersection of God, humans, and nature I could wish the whole book unified, and descriptively personal likeAn American Childhood than spiritually emotionally so But she writes so musically well that I enjoy every piece, no matter how strange or discordant the tune Favorites The Deer at Providencia and On a Hill Far Away.

  15. Scott

    Amazing short stories, heart achingly beautiful renderings of fleeting moments within the natural world Her stories are written both with clarity and an impressionistic aura Treat yourself to the story Total Eclipse to see what I am unable to capably put into words.

  16. Gill

    3.5 starsI wanted to like this than l did I think I ll try another book by Annie Dillard, because I have heard such good things of her Maybe I was just reading this at the wrong time.

  17. Longfellow

    Like all of Dillard s non fiction, this fairly short book of essays is overflowing with strange word combinations and unique reflections, rife with gorgeously vivid descriptions, and filled with insights that give one regular moments of pause Having added this one to my collection some years ago, recently another author s Eugene Peterson s brief reference to a particular essay, An Expedition to the Pole, led me to comb through my boxes of un shelved books in search of this collection The timing [...]

  18. Marian Beaman

    Some travel as tourists Annie Dillard roams the earth an explorer In Teaching A Stone to Talk she invites the reader into her expeditions and encounters with creatures, both human and animal, but also inanimate ones, like stones.From Puget Sound to the Galapagos Island, the author uses microscope, telescope and polarized sunglasses to examine her world I learned something about an expedition to the South Pole through her eyes, a deer caught in than headlights and a man named Larry who, in his o [...]

  19. Rick Homuth

    This is one of those books I, a person with an English degree, are supposed to pretend I like a lot than I do Maybe it s because I listened to this on audiobook instead of actually reading it I wanted to revisit the essay the Eclipse, which begins this collection, while driving en route to the actual eclipse , because the woman doing the reading, I think, did a great disservice to Dillard s voice by being overtly cheerful in her narration, but after a certain point there s only so much I can ta [...]

  20. Mind the Book

    Nu blir det Dillardpaus p.g.a naturskildringsoverload efter tre D p kort tid.N gra rader fr n slutet av boken m ter min egen verklighet, s h r i b rjan p sommarledigheten You know what it s like to open up a cottage You barge in with your box of groceries and your duffelbag full of books You drop them on a counter and rush to the far window to look out Opening up a summer cottage is like being born this way at the moment you enter, you have all the time you are ever going to have.

  21. Jeanne

    Reading other reviews of Annie Dillard was enjoyable than reading her book She never taught that stone to talk I am still trying to comprehend what either of them were trying to say I do feel I need to apologize because i too love to write I enjoy beautiful phrases that evokes human emotion but at some point the reader must leave fulfilled Ask my husband, and he says the same of my attempts at writing my thoughts I have stopped letting him read my pieces.

  22. Gail Sharpe

    Annie Dillard is one of my favorite authors and I have enjoyed reading and re reading her books ever since I discovered and loved Pilgrim at Tinker Creek fifteen years ago She captures the natural world in all its everyday glory and mystery and makes you want to walk in the woods and listen to the wind or maybe travel to the arctic and walk on the ice.

  23. Jay

    I first came across Annie Dillard while reading T.C Boyle s Tortilla Curtain In this novel, Boyle has created a nature writer that patterns the language and spirit of his prose to Annie Dillard The writing inspired me to found out about Annie Dillard.I went out and found Teaching a Stone to Talk.Annie Dilliard is famous for capturing the beauty and violence of the natural world She 19s written stories, poems essays and books that go well beyond descriptive detail In fact, detail by detail, she [...]

  24. Lucynell

    This one came highly recommended and with one request, that I was to look after it, meaning that I was not to take it with me at work, which is where I do much of my reading because of the waiting lines see, and I obliged God knows that was a hard thing to do, to restrain myself, because this is absolutely brilliant You wouldn t think it if one described it to you a woman wonders around nature, a stream, the Galapagos, wherever, and ruminates on life and Life, God and memory, Nature and evolutio [...]

  25. Erik Akre

    Amazing how fast this book disappeared, just rolling away under my fingers, under my admiring gaze of thought Dillard inspires the writer in me she makes it look so incredibly easy and smooth It s as if she could write about literally anything and make a beautiful and profound statement.I have a handful of friends in my life who have given me a greater sense of depth in experience they have changed the way I live and think and love Dillard gave me the sense somehow that they were there as I read [...]

  26. Amy

    Back when I was in college, I was often on a mission to identify some Christians who didn t suck Specifically ones who seemed intelligent, read literature, cared about the environment, and actually liked science Needless to say, I was on a pretty steady diet of Wendell Berry, David James Duncan, Walker Percy, Flannery O Connor, and Annie Dillard All though I had read several of her books back then, as far as I can remember this wasn t one of them, but reading it was like catching up with an old [...]

  27. Melissa

    This is not a book for someone wanting a linear story or plot This is a book for someone who loves beautiful, descriptive writing, rich in metaphor This series of short stories explores relationships with between nature, God, and humans There were times I thought, what the heck is she talking about , but after focused reading, it was actually just a metaphor, not a literal passage, or one that emphasized the beauty of nature, for example, by indirectly suggesting that one might risk a piranha b [...]

  28. John

    This is another wonderful collection of essays from Annie Dillard carefully observed, primarily oriented around nature, and at times, surprisingly poignant One of the things I like most about Dillard is her ability to see the mystery in all things She realizes through her observations of the world that there s going on than just what we see on the surface The creature or created thing echo and reflect their Creator.The earliest essays in this collection are the best, with Living like Weasels, T [...]

  29. Kevin

    I fell for Dillard s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek , and I fell hard Next, I devoured The Living and The Maytrees , entranced by her accomplishments in fiction nearly as much as I had been with Pilgrim However, Teaching a Stone to Talk , while true to her form, left me somewhat unsatisfied I wanted of the shorter pieces, especially those written during her visit to the Napo River in ia, and found some of the other pieces less enticing I should note that the first piece, involving the total eclipse, w [...]

  30. Nate

    Never thought I d give an Annie Dillard less than 5 or 6 or 7 stars, but this one didn t speak to me quite as much as Pilgrim at Tinker Creek or Holy the Firm or even The Maytrees Perhaps it s because I m still in my twenties and see the world from an awestruck perspective a la Pilgrim while Dillard has moved on to contemplating her own mortality and the swift passage of time She also seems out of her element writing about her time in the and the Galapagos Islands She just writes better about ho [...]

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