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Book Title: An American Childhood|
The author of the book: Annie Dillard
The size of the: 6.73 MB
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Reader ratings: 4.5
Edition: Harper Perennial
Format files: PDF
Date of issue: October 15th 2013
ISBN 13: 9780060915186
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I adored this book from start to finish.
First let me praise the audiobook narration by Alexandra O'Karma. She reads slowly. She reads softly, but you hear every word she says. She leaves it up to the listener to interpret the lines, to recognize the subtle humor. Some may think she doesn't read with enough spark. For me the soft tone fit the beauty of the lines. Parts read as prose poetry. She gives you time to think.
I loved this book because of the wisdom of the author, what she says about growing up, the process, the path. She captures how a child becomes aware of their own individuality. She captures the joy of youth – be it singing at the top of your voice or “flying down a street” with your arms flailing. I loved the beauty of the lines. I adored the subtle humor. There is lots of humor, but you have to think as the author does to perceive it. It is not smashed in your face. I also loved this book because I am a child of the 50s just as the author is. She was born in 1945, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1951. I believe that readers of our generation will recognize much in this book that strikes a chord. The book follows the author from five years of age through her high school years, her summers on Lake Eire with her grandmother, rock collecting, bicycling, music, her interest in drawing, then later boys, literature, history, current events. You get the history of Pittsburgh, the red scare of the fifties and the books we all read. You get adolescence, not an easy time for anyone.
Maybe the book works best for those of us born in the forties and fifties. For those of us raised on books. Books I had at home, they are mentioned here: The Natural Way to Draw, Field book of ponds and streams; an introduction to the life of fresh water. Bird books. Stone books. Books about nature which led to a need for a microscope. Art books. Do you know Giacometti’s “Walking Man” statue? Books our parents loved and believed in and so molded not only them but also their kids, us! Then in turn our kids. Even if our parents' world and now ours has altered, how we go forward will always be shaped by what lay before.
To clarify: the book is about growing up. It is about being raised in the fifties. It is not just about books, but books and education and curiosity about life are central.
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Read information about the authorAnnie Dillard (born April 30, 1945) is an American author, best known for her narrative prose in both fiction and non-fiction. She has published works of poetry, essays, prose, and literary criticism, as well as two novels and one memoir. Her 1974 work Pilgrim at Tinker Creek won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Dillard taught for 21 years in the English department of Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut.
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