"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
I was so excited to get this book; Abram's background is fascination. But his style is very highfalutin' and oh so wordy! When he is storytelling, he is lyrical and soul-stirring. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Sarah J Faulkner
This book seriously has changed my life, lots of questions answered and now more to ask!Published 1 month ago by caleb flood
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 3 months ago by Fred Bass
I loved it, but need to read it several more times.Published 4 months ago by Mary Chris Harrison Boeh