I confess to not having known about Annie Dillard’s writing until I grabbed this book from a colleague/friend during our Christmas book exchange. I really didn’t know what to expect, but I trusted the judgment of the person who brought the book, and so I shamelessly stole it, and have been enriched since.
The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old And New
Written by: Annie Dillard
Published by: Ecco, 2016
ISBN: 0062433016 (ISBN13: 9780062433015). Received a copy of the book as a gift. Book photos taken by me and edited using Filtermania and Typorama.
This is a new compilation of Dillard’s essays that have been collected from some of her earlier publications such as Teaching A Stone To Talk, Holy The Firm, An American Childhood, The Writing Life, Image, Encounters with Chinese Writers, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Tsunami, For The Time Being just to name a few. Hence, expect the entire book to feel a little loose and fragmented – yet so distinct is Dillard’s voice that somehow it manages to thread its way into her random ruminations across the different titles she has published through the years, somehow establishing a tenuous but keenly recognized coherence. I would confess that my favourites came mostly from The Writing Life as it celebrates that singular determination of capturing that which is transient and making it last through words and verse.
I also figured that rather than do the traditional book review, I would much rather share some of the quotes that made me think deeply as well as made me pause and marvel at the world around me. I have also been infinitely inspired by a new app I have paid for and downloaded on my phone, Typorama that allowed me to transform the quotes into something gorgeous through images. Since Typorama has a limited number of characters to it, I took a photo of the page in some of the longer quotes and edited those using FilterMania. I hope that some of these quotes move you too. I tried to group them into themes as best I could. Enjoy!
On Acknowledging One’s Passions
On the Significance of Human Life and Social Justice
Awakening to the Divinity Within and Around Us
Life’s Questions and Answers: Finding Meaning