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Interview with the author under "related articles."
This is just to let readers know that there is an interview with Dave Abram, to be accessed by clicking "related articles" in the upper left corner of this book page. In case folks are curious, here are some of the published comments on this book by other authors from various fields:
"A truly original work. Abram...puts forth his daring hypothesis with a poetic vigor and argumentative insight that stimulate reconsideration of the technological commonplace. . .With Abram anthropology becomes a bridge between science and its others." ~Science (journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science)
"The Spell of the Sensuous does more than place itself on the cutting edge where ecology meets philosophy, psychology, and history. It magically subverts the dichotomies of culture and nature, body and mind, opening a vista of organic being and human possibility that is often imagined but seldom described. Reader beware, the message is spell-binding. One cannot read this book without risk of entering into an altered state of perceptual possibility." ~Max Oelschlager, author of The Idea of Wilderness
"A masterpiece combining poetic passion with intellectual rigor and daring. Electric with energy, it offers us a new approach to scholarly inquiry: as a fully embodied human animal. It opens pathways and vistas that will be fruitfully explored for years, indeed for generations, to come." ~Joanna Macy, Buddhist scholar and activist
"Speculative, learned, and always 'lucid and precise' as the eye of the vulture that confronted him once on a cliff ledge, Abram has once of those rare minds which, like the mind of a musician or a great mathematician, fuses dreaminess with smarts." ~The Village Voice
"David Abram's passionate knowledge of language, mythology, landscape and his meditations on the human senses all make for highly-charged, memorable reading. Without sermon, dogma, or academic bluster, The Spell of the Sensuous deftly tours us through interior and exterior terrains of the spirit, right up to the present. This is a major work of research and intuitive brilliance, an archive of clear ideas. At the end of our century of precarious ecology, the Spell of the Sensuous strikes the deepest notes of celebration and alertness an indispensible book!" ~Howard Norman, folklorist and novelist, author of The Bird Artist
"I am breaking a vow to cease all blurb-writing for three years, but Abram's Spell must be praised. It's so well done, well-written, well thought. I know of no work more valuable for shifting our thinking and feeling about the place of humans in the world. Your children and their children will be grateful to him. The planet itself must be glad." ~James Hillman, author of ReVisioning Psychology and The Soul's Code
"Disclosing the sentience of all nature, and revealing the unsuspected effect of the more-than-human on our language and our lives, in unprecedented fashion, Abram generates true philosophy for the twenty-first century." ~Lynn Margulis, co-originator of the Gaia Hypothesis, author of Symbiosis in Cellular Evolution
"A tour-de-force of sustained intelligence, broad scholarship, and a graceful prose style that has produced one of the most interesting books about nature published during the past decade." ~ Jack Turner, writing in Terra Nova
"When rumor had it that David Abram was writing a book, we expected it to be very special and very powerful. Those expectations were justified. This book has the ability to awaken us. . ." ~Arne Naess, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Oslo; originator of deep ecology
"Brilliant in its own field of environmental philosophy, it is destined to change the way we think about linguistics, literature, anthropology, and comparative religion, as well as the living landscape around us. . . . Beautifully written, elegantly argued, immensely original, The Spell of the Sensuous is the kind of book that comes along once in a generation. Like Carson's Silent Spring, it will become the touchstone for environmental literacy in the years to come." ~Christopher Manes, author of Other Creations, writing in Wild Earth
"This book by David Abram lights up the landscape of language, flesh, mind, history, mapping us back into the world. . ." ~Gary Snyder
"The outer world of nature is what awakens our inner world in all its capacities for understanding, affection and aesthetic appreciation. The wind, the rain, the mountains and rivers, the woodlands and meadows and all their inhabitants; we need these perhaps even more for our psyche than for our physical survival. No one that I know of has presented all this with the literary skill as well as the understanding that we find in this work of David Abram. It should be one of the most widely read and discussed books of these times." ~Thomas Berry, author of The Dream of the Earth
"Abram shows that it is possible to reawaken the animistic dimension of perception and feeling without renouncing rationality and intellectual analysis. . . The Spell of the Sensuous is a joy to read and a brilliant gift to our rapidly darkening world." ~Shambhala Sun
"Nobody writes about the ecological depths of the human and more-than-human world with more love and lyrical sensitivity than David Abram." ~Theodore Roszak, author of Where the Wasteland Ends
"Read it and get your gourd rattled smartly." ~ Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall and Dalva
it makes sense having this book. is just like my second biblePublished 2 months ago by Anastesia N.
A fantastic combination of phenomenological, anthropological, spiritual and poetic writing. An incredibly informative and wonderous read. Essential.Published 6 months ago by Faruk Barabhuiya
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Through a singularly lyrical prose Abram invites the reader to re-examine how we perceive the world around us - and, in particular, how... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gary Thomson
If you want to read a book that will change how you feel about and your relationship to the world - this and his later book Becoming Animal are it.Published 13 months ago by Daniel Gandolfi
This book is rich and deep, it slows me down to read each chapter and digest it before moving on. I think I will spend the rest of my life reading it!Published 22 months ago by denise rowe
The general idea behind this book is that alphabetic writing has allowed a degree conceptual abstraction that has isolated us from a reciprocal engagement with the natural world,to... Read morePublished on 9 May 2013 by nicholas hargreaves