- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; First Edition edition (6 Sept. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375713697
- ISBN-13: 978-0375713699
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology Paperback – 6 Sep 2011
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This book is the long-awaited sequel to his earlier masterpiece, The Spell of the Sensuous, which restores to modern consciousness the ancient animistic sensibility that all things are redolent with life and meaning - that everything is saturated with soul: mountains, forests, and even manufactured objects like cars and buildings. The essential achievement of Spell was for me the revelation of how all beings, living and non-living, palpably bring us home to the pulsing heart of the world when we listen to their long-stifled voices - when we unpack their hidden messages with the intuitive power that lies slumbering in our animal bodies.
In Becoming Animal, Abram carries us off on new and enlivening journeys into the radically exciting possibilities of this animistic style of perception, deftly validating his dextrous explorations with profound insights from philosophy, ecology and his sometimes hair raising experiences in the great wild landscapes that infuse him again and again with deep inspiration and a vibrant sense of the real.
This is a book of such transformative potential that it needs to be read twice in quick succession to get the full benefit.Read more ›
This is where Abram's book comes in, because he refuses to follow the mass of so-called environmentalists who have bought into the anthropocentric and instrumentalist paradigm. Lusting after mainstream corporate and political acceptance, most of the big environmental NGO's and many 'green' spokespersons have sold the soul of environmentalism: nature's intrinsic value, and our finally utter dependence on it. With so many false ecological friends out there, Abram's animism is a necessary and urgent rediscovery of the kind of relationships we must learn (relearn, really) to develop with the natural world if we, and much of it, is to have any chance to survive.
So don't be fooled into thinking it can be put in a box of optional or fluffy stuff called 'spiritual'. Abram's world is profoundly material, including all its wonders and powers, and Becoming Animal is a powerful political statement.
Patrick Curry (Author of Ecological Ethics: An Introduction)
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If you want to read a book that will change how you feel about and your relationship to the world - this and his earlier book Spell Of The Sensuousl are it.Published 17 months ago by Daniel Gandolfi
This is a great book for anyone wishing to get a deeper insight into the human relationship with nature, and helps you to find out how special things are.Published 23 months ago by laura