Holy The Firm

Paperback | April 15, 1999

byAnnie Dillard

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In 1975 Annie Dillard took up residence on an island in Puget Sound in a wooded room furnished with "one enormous window, one cat, one spider and one person." For the next two years she asked herself questions about time, reality, sacrifice death, and the will of God. In Holy the Firm she writes about a moth consumed in a candle flame, about a seven-year-old girl burned in an airplane accident, about a baptism on a cold beach. But behind the moving curtain of what she calls "the hard things -- rock mountain and salt sea," she sees, sometimes far off and sometimes as close by as a veil or air, the power play of holy fire.

This is a profound book about the natural world -- both its beauty and its cruelty -- the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dillard knows so well.

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Annie Dillard received the Pulitzer Prize for her exquisitely written prose. Her non-fiction includes Pilgilm at Tinker Creek, American Childhood and this outstanding meditation on nature, Holy the Firm. In this special edition, Dillard writes with elegantly about experiencing nature, calling to mind the great tradition of Thoreau.

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In 1975 Annie Dillard took up residence on an island in Puget Sound in a wooded room furnished with "one enormous window, one cat, one spider and one person." For the next two years she asked herself questions about time, reality, sacrifice death, and the will of God. In Holy the Firm she writes about a moth consumed in a candle flame,...

Annie Dillard has written eleven books, including the memoir of her parents, An American Childhood; the Northwest pioneer epic The Living; and the nonfiction narrative Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. A gregarious recluse, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.18 inPublished:April 15, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060915439

ISBN - 13:9780060915438

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Annie Dillard received the Pulitzer Prize for her exquisitely written prose. Her non-fiction includes Pilgilm at Tinker Creek, American Childhood and this outstanding meditation on nature, Holy the Firm. In this special edition, Dillard writes with elegantly about experiencing nature, calling to mind the great tradition of Thoreau.

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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. One thinks of Gerard Manley Hopkins, among others--nature seen so clear and hard that the eyes tear...A rare and precious book." (Freferick Buechner, New York Times Book Review)