For the Time Being

For the Time Being

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This personal narrative surveys the panorama of our world, past and present. Here is a natural history of sand, a catalogue of clouds, a batch of newborns on an obstetrical ward, a family of Mongol horsemen. Here is the story of Jesuit paleontologist Teilhard de Chardin digging in the deserts of China. Here is the story of Hasidic thought rising in Eastern Europe. Here are defect and beauty together, miracle and tragedy, time and eternity. Dillard poses questions about God, natural evil, and individual existence. Personal experience, science, and religion bear on a welter of fact. How can an individual matter? How might one live?
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2000
Edition: First Vintage Books edition
ISBN: 9780375703478
0375703470
Branch Call Number: 814.54 D581D 2000
Characteristics: 205 pages ; 21 cm

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Devin_Library Aug 06, 2009

Two hundred pages that one can live with, and ruminate on, for months. Dillard weaves a whole pilgrimage through meandering threads of ideas, history and precise observations of nature. A bit of a magic trick how the narrative hangs together; such a delicate touch.

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