Book review: ‘For the Time Being’ by Annie Dillard

Strange essay collection that doesn't quite work.

For the Time Being

I read this book immediately after reading Annie Dillard's essay collections Teaching a Stone to Talk and The Abundance.

I was hopeful that I would enjoy this book as it was the original source of one of my favourite essays from The Abundance. Unfortunately, I struggled a great deal with For the Time Being. Dillard provides a number of long-form essays which have been chopped up and shuffled, so we keep jumping back and forth between different narratives. I don't think this works at all well.

In addition, there's quite a lot of religious musing in this book, which didn't do anything for me. But each to their own, I suppose.

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Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.