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1 Dillard, Annie An American Childhood
Picador 1989 0330305794 / 9780330305792 Paperback Very Good 
Dillard's account of her childhood until her entrance into Hollins College is delightful, fast-paced, and full of action. Written in three parts, with a prologue about her father's brief sea venture when she was eight and an epilogue about her own children, the book reads like a play: there is excel lent character development, and the vivid descriptions make the reader almo st a witness to the events. Dillard fans will especially appreciate the ins ight she offers into her early consciousness and development, while others will enjoy this picture of growing up in the 1950s or simply the humor and sensitivity of the writing. Highly recommended. Carolyn M. Craft, English, Philosophy & Modern Languages Dept., Longwood Coll., Farmville, Va. Dillard has amassed a following for her eloquently-written nature essays with thei r deeply philosophical, theolog ical slant. In this current work she re vea ls a personal view of her childhood and early adolescence in which she firs t awoke to the world and its implications. Dillard grew up with a relentles sly inquir ing mind in a moneyed Pittsburgh family during the '50s. Her lib eral-minded par ents allowed her free rein to grow up exploring her city, t aking up hobbies and projects, and reading everything she found on the publ ic library's adult shelves. Especially compelling is her picture of her tee nage years, the time when she ``morally disapproved most things in North Am erica, and blamed her innocent parents for them.'' She cap tures that fine, open innocence of the '50s and that hungry pain of the '60s. This book sho uld be read by young people far enough away from childhood to enjoy looking 
Price: 300.00 JPY
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