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Breathing the flesh of the landscape,
This review is from: The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World (Vintage) (Paperback)
The main thesis of this book is that the alphabet, or rather, the adaptation of the hebrew alphabet that the greeks effected, is to blame for our current state of separation from nature.
However, the real joy about reading the fundamentation of such claim is that David Abram manages to drag you into the animistic view of the world.
The way he describes his own experiences is highly poetic. Anyone who has travelled to asia knows what it feels like to be there and the difficulties of comming back to the western society.
When he analyses indigenous concepts and practices, you can't help immersing yourself in the forgotten magick of the sensuous landscape.
This natural form of awareness,according to Abram, could be the solution to the ecological crisis and the unhappy separated state of human kind.