"Only as the written text began to speak would the voices of the forest, and of the river, begin to fade. And only then would language loosen its ancient associations with the invisible breath, the spirit sever itself from the wind, the psyche dissociate itself from the environing air," writes Abram of the separation caused by the proliferation of the written word.
In writing The Spell of the Sensuous, Abram consulted an engaging collection of peoples and works. He uses aboriginal song lines, stories from the Koyukon people of northwestern Alaska, the philosophy of phenomenology, and the speeches of Socrates to paint a poetic landscape that explains how we became separated from the earth in the first place. With minimal environmental doomsaying, Abram discusses how we can begin to recover a sustainable relationship with the earth and the nonhuman beings who live among us--in the more-than-human world. --Kathryn True
One of the most important books I have ever read. It diagnoses, and offers remedies for, some of the large and destructive currents inherent in what Western civilization considers... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Fred Bass
I loved it, but need to read it several more times.Published 24 days ago by Mary Chris Harrison Boeh
excellent in depth exploration of consciousness as it is understood by different culturesPublished 3 months ago by Len Shemin
I have known this book for many years. It is one I frequently return to. Living in a city and being a verbal person, it's very easy to miss the the Spell of the Sensuous. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Matthew Harre
Amazing. Captivating. I've read it twice. Abrams takes green consciousness to new levels.Published 4 months ago by Rhody Brooke
Yes, yes, and yes. A book that resonates deeply and lingers long after you put it down. I read it as part of my master's research on sensory experience for students abroad, and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rebecca Ragland