Pilgrim at Tinker’s Creek

April 6, 2015

Just finished reading Pilgrim at Tinkers Creek by Annie Dilliard. It is foremost a nature book along the lines of Thoreau’s Walden. However, on another level its a plea to be mindful of and find joy in the present. Its the type of book you should put down after a few pages to ponder the meaning of life, the origin of the Cosmos, and what your going to eat tonight.

The book has two characters: Annie and Nature around Tinkers Creek although she discusses Eskimos so often you could probably consider them a character.

Before reading Pilgrim at Tinkers Creek I had no idea:

  • There are 228 different muscles in the head of an ordinary caterpillar
  • Monarch butterflies veer East for a few miles and then turn South again when flying over Lake Superior. Some geologist visit believe a huge mountain once existed there.
  • The larvae of horsehair worms (2 foot long aquatic creatures) live as parasites in land insects
  • Parasitic insects comprise 10% of all known animal species
  • Eskimos look forward to the coming of Winter. Summer brings on terrible hordes of mosquitoes and meltingĀ of the ice sheets making travel harder.

This book is for you if you love nature and sometimes think about the great things that really matter (apologies to Samwise Gamgee).