For the Time Being   -     By: Annie Dillard
Buy Item $14.36 Retail: $15.95 Save 10% ($1.59) Add To Cart
Add To Wishlist
Buy eBook Begin reading in seconds $9.89 eBook Details

For the Time Being

Random House / 2000 / Paperback

$14.36 (CBD Price)
|
Retail: $15.95
|
Save 10% ($1.59)
Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.
CBD Stock No: WW03470

Current Promotions
* This product is not available for expedited shipping.

Product Description

(PUBVintage)"Reading this book is dizzying, which is what Dillard intends. We need to be pushed off-balance, she seems to be telling us, because questions about God, evil, and what it means to be human are not easy,"---Christian Century. Keen observations, boundless curiosity, and a strong Christian bent. 224 pages, softcover.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 2000
ISBN: 0375703470
ISBN-13: 9780375703478
Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.

Related Products

  1. Annie Dillard Reader
    Annie Dillard Reader
    Annie Dillard
    HarperPerennial / 1995 / Trade Paperback
    $11.99 Retail: $15.99 Save 25% ($4.00)
    Availability: Out of Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW26600
  2. An American Childhood
    An American Childhood
    Annie Dillard
    HarperCollins / 1988 / Trade Paperback
    $13.49 Retail: $14.99 Save 10% ($1.50)
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW15188
  3. Holy the Firm
    Holy the Firm
    Annie Dillard
    HarperPerennial / 1999 / Trade Paperback
    $8.49 Retail: $13.00 Save 35% ($4.51)
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW15439

Publisher's Description

National Bestseller

"Beautifully written and delightfully strange--. As earthy as it is sublime, For the Time Being is, in the truest sense, an eye- opener."--Daily News

From Annie Dillard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and one of the most compelling writers of our time, comes For the Time Being, her most profound narrative to date. With her keen eye, penchant for paradox, and yearning for truth, Dillard renews our ability to discover wonder in life's smallest--and often darkest--corners.

Why do we exist? Where did we come from? How can one person matter? Dillard searches for answers in a powerful array of images: pictures of bird-headed dwarfs in the standard reference of human birth defects; ten thousand terra-cotta figures fashioned for a Chinese emperor in place of the human court that might have followed him into death; the paleontologist and theologian Teilhard de Chardin crossing the Gobi Desert; the dizzying variety of clouds. Vivid, eloquent, haunting, For the Time Being evokes no less than the terrifying grandeur of all that remains tantalizingly and troublingly beyond our understanding.

"Stimulating, humbling, original--. [Dillard] illuminate[s] the human perspective of the world, past, present and future, and the individual's relatively inconsequential but ever so unique place in it."--Rocky Mountain News

Author Bio

Annie Dillard lives in Middletown, Connecticut.

Editorial Reviews

"At heart Annie Dillard's work is a record of her search for God . . . [and] For the Time Being is a brilliant book that . . . sums up God more succinctly than she ever has before."
--David Bowman, Salon Magazine

"This uncommon book is a testament to a rare and redeeming curiosity . . . an exhilarating, graceful roundelay of profound questions and suppositions about the human adventure in nature. And as always, reading Dillard makes this mind-expanding experience an emotional one . . . with a voice blending clear-eyed factuality with prismatic meditations on ineffable things."
--James Zug, Outside Magazine

"Writing as if on the edge of a precipice, staring over into the abyss, Dillard offers a risk-taking, inspiring meditation on life, death, birth, God, evil, eternity, the nuclear age and the human predicament. Her razor-sharp lyricism hones this mind-expanding existential scrapbook, which is imbued with the same spiritual yearning, moral urgency and reverence for nature that has informed nearly all of her nonfiction since the 1972 Pulitzer Prize-winning Pilgrim at Tinker Creek."
--Publishers Weekly

"This absorbing meditation . . . [is] a spare yet exquisitely wrought narrative . . . By turns funny, flinty, and sublime, Dillard meshes the historical, the scientific, the theological, and the personal in a valiant effort to net life's paradoxes and wonders."
--Donna Seaman, Booklist

"A work of piercing loveliness and sadness . . . One of those very rare works that will bear rereading and rereading again, each time revealing something new of itself."
--Kirkus Reviews


From the Hardcover edition.

Product Reviews

5 Stars Out Of 5
5 out of 5
(1)
(0)
(0)
(0)
(0)
Quality:
out Of 5
( out of 5)
Value:
out Of 5
( out of 5)
Meets Expectations:
out Of 5
( out of 5)
0%
of customers would recommend this product to a friend.
SORT BY:
SEE:
Displaying items 1-1 of 1
Page 1 of 1
  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 14, 2007
    Vicki Herndon
    Reading, For the Time Being was my first Annie Dillard experience. WOW! I was continuously blown away as I (with my Merriam Webster by my side) read Annie's telling of things. Things?! Things remarkable; heart-breaking; unbelievable (but, believed); mind-bending; many, too cerebral for me to understand. But, mesmerized, mystified, strong and of a good courage, I plunged ahead. Anyone passing by my bed (where I live)I stopped and held captive while I read lines and paragraphs just too wonderful to keep to myself. After reading For the Time Being, I immediately borrowed, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek from my lending library. Then I bought, Pilgrim and Teaching a Stone to Talk. Just can't imagine where this woman has been all my life.
Displaying items 1-1 of 1
Page 1 of 1

Ask Christianbook

Back
×

Ask Christianbook

What would you like to know about this product? Please enter your name, your email and your question regarding the product in the fields below, and we'll answer you in the next 24-48 hours.

If you need immediate assistance regarding this product or any other, please call 1-800-CHRISTIAN to speak directly with a customer service representative.

Other Customers Also Purchased

  1. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
    The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
    Timothy Keller
    Dutton Adult / 2009 / Trade Paperback
    $8.99 Retail: $16.00 Save 44% ($7.01)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 47 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW483493
  2. Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of   the Son of God
    Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God
    Timothy Keller
    Riverhead / 2013 / Trade Paperback
    $10.99 Retail: $16.00 Save 31% ($5.01)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW486661
  3. The Reason For God, discussion guide, softcover
    The Reason For God, discussion guide, softcover
    Timothy Keller
    Zondervan / 2010 / Trade Paperback
    $8.99 Retail: $10.99 Save 18% ($2.00)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW330479

Availability

Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.

Find Related Products

Author/Artist Review

Start A New Search