Annie Dillard "The Chase" Essay - 368 Words
The Maytrees (2007) is a short, spare novel of lifelong love between husband and wife. They live in Provincetown, Cape Cod, beginning after World War II. Many readers prefer The Maytrees---with its spare prose, good story, and lack of metaphysics---to Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. (Other readers think that the prize necessarily goes to the best book.) It was one of the New York Times Book Review's Top Ten Books of the Year (2007) and was a finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award, 2008.
Annie Dillard's Story "The Chase" - College Term Papers
I missed my chance. I should have gone for the throat. I should havelunged for that streak of white under the weasel's chin and held on, held on through mudand into the wild rose, held on for a dearer life. We could live under the wild rose wildas weasels, mute and uncomprehending. I could very calmly go wild. I could live two daysin the den, curled, leaning on mouse fur, sniffing bird bones, blinking, licking,breathing musk, my hair tangled in the roots of grasses. Down is a good place to go, wherethe mind is single. Down is out, out of your ever-loving mind and back to your carelesssenses. I remember muteness as a prolonged and giddy fast, where every moment is a feastof utterance received. Time and events are merely poured, unremarked, and ingesteddirectly, like blood pulsed into my gut through a jugular vein. Could two live that way?Could two live under the wild rose, and explore by the pond, so that the smooth mind ofeach is as everywhere present to the other, and as received and as unchallenged, asfalling snow?
In For the Time Being (1999), as in Holy the Firm, the narrative fills in a grid. The true-story topics in each of seven chapters are "birth, sand, China, clouds, numbers, Israel, encounters, thinker, evil, and now." It tells many short journalistic stories, and a few long ones: Hasidism, Teilhard de Chardin and fossil Homo erectus, the formation of sand, the critical importance of the individual in a world of almost 7 billion individuals, and the absurdity of the doctrines of divine omniscience, divine mercy, and divine omnipotence. I quit the Catholic Church and Christianity; I stay near Christianity and Hasidism.