Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
by Annie Dillard
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
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Pilgrimage to Tinker Creek is the story of a dramatic year in Virginia Roanoke ValleyAnnie Dillard establishes to see what she can seeWhat she sees are amazing incidents of “beauty entangled in a kidnapping with violence”Its narrative character highlights a year of exploration on foot in the Virginia region through which Tinker Creek flows.In summer, Dillard stems muskrats in the creek and contemplates the undulating mechanics; in fall, she observes a migration of the monarch butterfly and dreams of the Arctic caribouShe tries to con a coot; she collects the water from the pond and examines it under a microscopeShe unravels a snake skin, witnesses to a flood, and plays the King of the Prairie with a field of grasshoppers.The result is a stimulus to the history of nature and its seasons
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