The Abundance by Annie Dillard

The Abundance

In recognition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s long and lauded career as a master essayist, a landmark collection, including her most beloved pieces and some rarely seen work, rigorously curated by the author herself.“A writer who never seems tired, who has never plodded her way through a page or sentence, Dillard can only be enjoyed by a wide-awake reader,” warns Geoff Dyer in his introduction to this stellar collection. Carefully c...


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TitleThe Abundance
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Release DateMar 15th, 2016
PublisherEcco
GenreWriting, Essays, Nonfiction, Environment, Nature, Autobiography, Memoir, Short Stories, Language
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  • Rebecca Foster
    2016-05-19
    For readers who are reasonably familiar with Dillard’s work, the selection given here might be a little disappointing. Why reread 60 pages from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, I thought, when I have a copy of it up on the shelf? Rather than reading long portions of For the Time Being and Teaching a Stone to Talk, why not go find whole copies to read (which might help with understanding them in context)? None of Dillard’s poetry or fiction has been i...
  • El
    2018-01-23
    I didn't know the name Annie Dillard until right before I moved to Pittsburgh. Someone I worked with at the hospital in Missouri overheard me talking about my upcoming move and said he read a Pittsburgh author named Annie Dillard. The nerd that I am, I was like, "Do tell me more!" It was through him that her name was on my radar.When I read her, I fell in love. When my brother and I moved here, we drove around the neighborhood she wrote about in ...
  • Paul
    2017-05-05
    Anne Dillard is very different to most people. When they look at the world around them they only see a fraction of what is actually there, she relentlessly absorbs every detail of the place and experience. But her true skill lies in taking what she has seen and writing about it with tight, and sharp prose. In this new collection, Dillard writes about subjects as wide-ranging and diverse as solar eclipses, the family jokes, the bundle of energy th...
  • Diane S ☔
    2015-09-14
    Annie Dillard's essay are my pause button, or my reset button. She makes me stop and think, look at what's around me, wonder at the everyday things in my life. I own all her books and whenever I get frustrated at the many things, because of my health, that I can no longer do, I read a few. Whether it is a solar eclipse, badgers, church music or the many things around us she has an interesting or amusing way of describing these things. I don't rea...
  • Emma
    2017-01-18
    breath taking! no words do it justice really, just a book of wonder
  • Krista
    2016-07-20
    They will question thee concerning what they should expend.Say: The Abundance.~The Qur'an, Sura of The CowThe Abundance is subtitled “Narrative Essays Old and New”, and for the most part, these “essays” are excerpts from the books of Annie Dillard that I have read before. Repeatedly, I was delighted to rediscover those passages that I had loved upon first reading (passages that I quoted from copiously the first time around), and as a coll...
  • Beth Bonini
    2017-04-14
    You need to know that The Abundance is a collection of essays which span at least twenty years of writing - and include selections from seven different books, but primarily from Teaching a Stone to Talk, An American Childhood, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and For the Time Being. If you have most or all of those books, there isn't much point in buying this one (unless you are a mega-fan, of course); but if you have never read Annie Dillard, this collec...
  • Caitlin
    2016-02-24
    Imagine you are a teenage girl in the early 2000s. You love books. You spend hours at the local thrift shop where you stand in the book aisle, exploring the shelves of books, even smelling them. You have no computer. You know nothing about the internet. Books are your only way to connect to the world.One day, in your high school English class, you read Annie Dillard's "The Death of a Moth." You feel on fire, like the moth that is consumed by the ...
  • Alice
    2016-08-25
    I was so excited to believe that Annie Dillard had written a new book. I didn't pay much attention to the reviews, and when a friend gifted me with a copy, I jumped right in. Let's just say that most of the book is comprised of previously published essays and excerpts--edited, rearranged, retitled, so I was a little disappointed. But Dillard is always worth a re-read. Her insights, her vocabulary, her meditations need thoughtful reading. For thos...
  • Marisa
    2017-03-19
    I tried on this one, I really did, but after 100 pages I was done. Trying to read this book felt like reading the journal of the high school girl who thought she was artsy. Each essay dragged on and seemed to be fascinated both with its own language and over describing each aspect of the scene. The dead flies in the bathroom confirmed to me that I do not think I’d get along with Dillard in real life. I just don’t think I can see the same leve...
  • Rebecca
    2016-03-21
    I've heard so much about Annie Dillard but hadn't until now read anything by her, so this collection of highlights from across her career was a really good introduction to her unique perspective. I especially liked the essay Seeing, it seemed to really encapsulate her entire worldview and definitely encouraged me to more deeply look at and think about what's around me.Thanks to netgalley for the chance to read & review this collection.
  • missy jean
    2017-04-01
    Not sure there is much "new" here, as the collection seems to be mostly reprints and snippets of books, but it is a well-chosen collection of bits and oh! the way the words work! Dillard's verbs are enough for me to love her forever.
  • Whatthelog
    2016-04-12
    ‘The Abundance’ is a collection of personal essays by Annie Dillard, published by Canongate Books.Ok. I’m pretty late to board the Annie Dillard train. This is the first book that I’ve read by her, and my God, it will not be the last. I was absolutely stunned. I’ve always been a fan of the personal essay – it is a very underrated genre, in my opinion. They’re not easy to write – too detached a voice and you just become academic, t...
  • Candice Wang
    2017-12-19
    I first read Annie Dillard on a slightly blurred PDF for my modern essay course. It was "Seeing", and my classmates either adored it or hated it. I remember clearly one line -- something that could be construed as wildly melodramatic or beautifully lyrical, something about hearing one's own "thin cries" echoing. I decided I needed to read some more of her essays. Although I discovered some jewels within "The Abundance", particularly "Footsteps" a...
  • Loretta
    2017-06-18
    “You were made and set here to give voice to this, your own astonishment.”I've been enjoying Annie Dillard quotes for years, but finally got around to reading this book of her essays.Nothing is ordinary to Dillard - she observes and illuminates in quirky and intimate detail everything around her, and you feel in comparison as though you have been sleepwalking through the world. I particularly loved the essay "A Writer in the World". Beautiful...
  • Nicole
    2017-09-07
    An abundance of Dillard's observations transformed into some intensely felt prose.
  • Pamela Hunt Cloyd
    2017-03-20
    Incredible writing. I kept rereading lines just for their beauty. And the writing was so grounded. I love how she sees the world.
  • Courtney
    2018-05-20
    So many adjectives. So, so many.
  • Sandra
    2017-07-15
    Lo lamento pero no he llegado ni al tercer relato. Su literatura no me estimula y el tufo a Coelho me pone los pelos de punta.
  • Erin Mc
    2017-03-16
    I'm giving this 4 stars only because the title should not have included "and new." That is pretty much a lie.Anyway, it was nice to revisit some of this work in a different frame.
  • Saarah Niña
    2016-04-23
    I'm in love with this book. I love Dillard's observations, they are so very peculiar. And I feel we have so much in common- mind you, her words are so very thought-provoking and stunningly rare. I especially enjoyed reading her repulsion of old people. I have always harboured some sort of fear towards getting older- so it was pleasantly reassuring to read similar ideas. Similarly I was awed by her other philosophies, those that especially struck ...
  • Arwen
    2016-03-06
    A stunning new collection from the Pulitzer Prize-winner, with an introduction by Geoff DyerAnnie Dillard has spent a lifetime examining the world around her with eyes wide open, drinking in all things intensely and relentlessly. She conjures currents of magic and wisdom, illuminating the seemingly ordinary moments of a life lived fearlessly - as a breathless teenager, as a roving young adult and as a writer - with her unique wit, boundless curio...
  • Laura Lacey
    2016-07-26
    I had never come across Annie Dillard until this book caught my eye - it seems I had been missing out. Dillard writes beautiful essays that really make you stop and think. In places it seems her writing doesn't even make sense, but somehow you can feel what she means. She illuminates the everyday, endowing things with meaning. She's like a course on mindfulness but without the ridiculous pretension - this is just how she thinks and feels and I ca...
  • Shawn
    2017-02-07
    I love and respect Annie Dillard, and have devoured her work for the past 25 years, but this is book is a bit of a scam. It's really nothing more than just a compilation of fragments from her earlier work. I was puzzled not to see any permissions regarding the reprinting of previously published work, or even any dates for when the work originally appeared.
  • Margie
    2016-07-21
    A collection of her essays - many have appeared in her other books and yet re-reading old ones and finding new inspires my own writing. She is stellar - her language and descriptions of natural phenomena always inspire me. Never simply factual - she explores with a vengeance - the meaning of what she encounters. Her phrases and word choices often stun me. an small eg, "...I risk the searing, exhausting nightmares that plunder rest and force me fa...
  • C. Wilke
    2016-07-01
    Some like 'em hot. Some like 'em cold. I found a little of both in this book. Some chapters (e.g., the first one), Dillard and I spoke the same language. In others (e.g., the last one), I found myself recalling the line from "When Harry Met Sally": "I'll have what she's having." I wondered what the heck she was smoking when she wrote that one. If I had the time, I'd give "The Abundance" a second chance. But the memory of slogging through the "Huh...
  • Anna
    2017-01-28
    Wow. This collection from masterful essayist Annie Dillard was beautiful, crisp, and very inspiring to me as a writer. The prose, the metaphors, the way she describes things - nature, especially - is absolutely breathtaking. If you're a writer, you should read this book.
  • Madhusree
    2016-06-29
    This was just a wonderful read. I did not want to forget any of her words. As a fresh air fiend, I feel her writing intensely and it is so good to re read bits of her essays again. I want this by my bed side table so that I can return to her words again and again.
  • Joe Mossa
    2016-06-14
    this woman see everything, feels everything. her main lesson is for us to observe life as we live it. see all of the trees, flowers, people, places, furniture, all that life includes. if we observe, we will never be bored and we enjoy each moment on this earth.