The Living: A Novel by Annie DillardThe Living: A Novel by Annie Dillard

The Living: A Novel

byAnnie Dillard

Paperback | November 12, 2013

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This New York Times bestselling novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard is a mesmerizing evocation of life in the Pacific Northwest during the last decades of the 19th century.

Annie Dillard is the author of many works of nonfiction, includingAn American ChildhoodandTeaching a Stone to Talk, as well as the novelsThe LivingandThe Maytrees.
Title:The Living: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.05 inPublished:November 12, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006092411X

ISBN - 13:9780060924119

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Death and the Living Told vividly and originally through the lives of the American settlers of the Pacific Northwest, Annie Dillard has skilfully given us a sense of lives at once so qualitatively distant from our own and yet not so distant in time. It is this fact, along with her ability for making these long dead lives as present as our own, that haunts the reader with the notion that it was only last century that we still met the world and ourselves in a very different way. From the beginning this work is much more than an historical fiction; it is a meditation on the living individual's relationship with the incomprehensible and inevitable presence of death. It is a meditation on our changing relationship with death and our present distance from it. There are moments when Annie Dillard uses the characters lives and thoughts to quite bluntly critique our own and to shake our thoughtless certainty about our present relationship to being in the world. However, she does not thankfully attempt to repair any wounds these unsettling moments open up in our lives. Rather, she leaves them to bring us to question our understanding of our own existence in time.
Date published: 2000-07-18

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The extravagantly praised, nationally bestselling first novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dillard--a mesmerizing evocation of life in the Pacific Northwest during the last decades of the 19th century. "A novel of character that blends history, social change, and individual dreams in a sophisticated, seamless prose".--Seattle Times.

Editorial Reviews

"An august celebration of human frenzy and endurance invigorating, intricate first novel. Annie Dillard shows a tremendous gift for writing in a genuinely epic mode."(New York Times Book Review)