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An American Childhood (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. Januar 1987

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  • Taschenbuch: 255 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harpercollins (30. Januar 1987)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0060158344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060158347
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,3 x 13,2 x 2 cm
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Annie Dillard remembers. She remembers the exhilaration of whipping a snowball at a car and having it hit straight on. She remembers playing with the skin on her mother's knuckles, which "didn't snap back; it lay dead across her knuckle in a yellowish ridge." She remembers the compulsion to spend a whole afternoon (or many whole afternoons) endlessly pitching a ball at a target. In this intoxicating account of her childhood, Dillard climbs back inside her 5-, 10-, and 15-year-old selves with apparent effortlessness. The voracious young Dillard embraces headlong one fascination after another--from drawing to rocks and bugs to the French symbolists. "Everywhere, things snagged me," she writes. "The visible world turned me curious to books; the books propelled me reeling back to the world." From her parents she inherited a love of language--her mother's speech was "an endlessly interesting, swerving path"--and the understanding that "you do what you do out of your private passion for the thing itself," not for anyone else's approval or desire. And one would be mistaken to call the energy Dillard exhibits in An American Childhood merely youthful; "still I break up through the skin of awareness a thousand times a day," she writes, "as dolphins burst through seas, and dive again, and rise, and dive." -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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A moving and vivid recollection of the Pulitzer Prize-winning authors childhood in Pittsburgh in the 1950s conveys the keen mind and sense of adventure with which she experienced relatives, neighbors, nature, friends, and changes. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von G. Merritt am 8. Mai 2000
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Annie Dillard is among my favorite writers. With the exceptions of "Tickets for a Prayer Wheel" (which is now apparently out of print) and "The Living," I have read all of her books. Some, "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek," "Teaching a Stone to Talk," and "For the Time Being," I have read more than once, and will read again. I recommend all of Dillard's books, especially these three. Annie Dillard is a fine writer.
"An American Childhood" is not one of my favorite Dillard books, but it is worth reading. In this memoir, Dillard revisits her childhood. We see young Annie as an inquisitive, bookish girl, hanging out in the library, and studying, among other things, her parents and grandparents, rainwater with her microscope, a long-buried coin, insects, and a robin's nest. "One took note," Dillard writes, "one took notes." We also witness young Annie pondering the mysteries of life and death, subjects she will be writing books about later as an adult.
Apparently Dillard was blessed with a happy childhood, for there is not an unhappy memory to be found here. Still, her writing in this memoir is honest, poetic, and insightful.
G. Merritt
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Holly and Ashley am 8. März 2000
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In our English class, we had to pick a book for an independent reading project. Our teacher gave us a list in which An American Childhood was one of the choices. We chose this book thinking it was going to be easy to read but not knowing how descriptive it was. We recommend An American Childhood for anyone who grew up in the 1950 time period. The author, Annie Dillard, uses descriptive words to help you get a sense of what her childhood was really like. The words that are used also make the book more understandable and more alive. She describes what it is like to grow up when a war is going on. For example, she explains how she had to go through bomb drills nearly every day. So if you are interested in reading a dramatic comedy and you grew up during the 1950's, then this book is definately for you. Even if you didn't grow up during that time, you should still read this book because you will learn more about life.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 1. Juli 1997
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Dillards' "An American Childhood" sings with vision:
of the eye and the soul. She describes growing
up in Pittsburgh in a loving family and reminds
us of the many ways we come awake (if we are
lucky and wise) as we cross through childhood.
Never preachy and often funny, she explores
class and religious differences, the discovery of the
natural world, of oneself and of the people in
one's family. Each chapter is short and complete
in itself, so picking it up for a short read is easy
and satisfying: a refreshing break every time. One
chapter begins, "The interior life is often stupid."
This book never is
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 8. Juni 1999
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I can't comprehend how someone could miss the truth, insight, and charm of this book. I am fifteen years old and an aspiring writer. In the weeks before I read Dillard's chapters on adolescence, I was feeling the painful confusion of it more than I ever have before. Dillard voiced my feelings perfectly when I couldn't state them myself. Her childhood memories support the concept of entering various states of consciousness throughout one's life. This is brilliant work.
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Though I have too little time for reading, I found this book so compelling I took baths instead of showers in the morning to have extra time to read, picked it up again when I got home, and as Annie describes herself doing, finished it and went straight back to the beginning to begin again. The second time was no less fresh, no less delightful, no less hilarious. I bought a copy and sent it to my brother. How did she do it? How did she remember in such painfully, exquisitely accurate detail what it was like -- what the emotions of every moment of childhood and adolescence were like, and what the obsessions were at each age? Possibly because I share her Pittsburgh childhood (though two decades later) and many of her passions (reading, drawing, science, nature, observation of detail) I felt I'd found a kindred spirit. Somehow, Annie managed make the most mundane events interesting, with a combination of wry humor and reverence. Obviously she learned something from the family joke-telling drills -- her delivery was beautiful. And her descriptions. There's something in common here with Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion -- both Dillard and Keillor seem to have begun adulthood as sharp critics of their social situations, yet when they moved away they found, despite some hypocrisies, something also loving and nurturing and solid about their places and people of origin.
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Von Ein Kunde am 15. Januar 1999
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I had to read this book for a reading group. I had tried several years ago to listen to it on audio-tape, but hated it then. At that time I attibuted its tedium to the reader. It wasn't the reader's fault, it's the book!! It's dull and says little. I agree with several of the earlier reviewers that it lacked cohesion and interest. I must admit that I never finished the book - after l50 pages of extreme boredom, I gave up. (I was beginning to think I lost my love for books-- I started another novel soon after and found that I could get absorbed easily.) I only wish Amazon let me give it zero stars. My heart goes out to that high schooler. Couldn't his teacher have found something better? I'm around the same age as the author, I should've identified in some way, but found it as dull as the high school student did. The other reviewers were very generous with their stars.
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