3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
wordy, but stick with it, it's worth it,
This review is from: The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World (Paperback)
The introduction was enchanting, but I found the first chapter hard; it takes us through the history of perception and makes a tour of how we ended up perceiving the world as we do. But I stuck with it and boy, was it worth it! A hugely satisfying read from a shamanic, esoteric, classical and philosophical view point. After I read it, I put the book down and went outside to experience nature and the world around us from horizon to horizon - literally.
I gave it four stars, because although I loved the book, I would have liked to read more of his personal experience as found in the wonderful introduction; more of his way of looking at the world rather than all the philosophy; perhaps more practical tips rather than theory - but maybe he is saving it all up for a follow-on book. I would certainly buy it.
In the end, although you feel as if you want to give up the written word and never read another book again, it shows you how you can gain balance in this media driven society.
He may be a magician in a 'performance' sense, but he is also a skillful and well worded magician of words. Thought provoking and inspiring. As I said before, would love to see a more 'personal' book from him in the future.