"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
Simultaneously tries to refute the entirety of the development of science and literature, while constructing a fallacy filled argument as a student of the very fields he seeks to... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Xy
This is a very thought provoking book. It's depth of material is at times a challenge but well worth the effot, to expand one's in-depth understand of what we need to do to truly... Read morePublished 19 days ago by eileen hothow
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 29 days ago by Sarah J Faulkner
This book seriously has changed my life, lots of questions answered and now more to ask!Published 2 months ago by caleb flood