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Publisher's Summary

This personal, philosophical narrative surveys the panorama of our world past and present. Dillard poses questions of natural evil, God, and individual existence. Can one individual really matter? If so, how? Compassionate, enthralling, and always surprising, For the Time Being is the latest work by one of our most original writers - her breadth of knowledge matched by keenness of observation- at her best.
©1999 by Annie Dillard; 1925 by J.B. Shackleford (P)1999 NewStar Media Inc.
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"This is a book of great richness, beauty, and power." (The New York Times Book Review)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Dan on 02-28-04

Amazing Books, Ignorant Reader

A deeply humorous, and starkly ironic text read by someone with no sense of irony. If you like Annie, you might get a laugh out of this reading, especially when the music swells seriously at Dillards darkest humor. A good listen if you can get over an horrid reader who thinks "this is supposed to be deep serious stuff, I can't laugh".

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5 out of 5 stars
By Barry on 01-15-03

Perhaps Dillard's Best

This book is a meditation. It begins with an observation, that of fetal monsters. Why do they exist if there is a God? The question leads to more questions. "Why is there something rather than nothing?"

Deeply existential and deeply religious and irreligious, Dillard's thoughts wonder and wander through majors thinkers, and through the centuries of human thought.

In the end we a left with a deep awe for life and the universe, and consciousness. Not to mention, for Annie Dillard's talent.

This book is a treasure of reveries.

Barry Orvell

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