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Words fail me...,
This review is from: The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World (Vintage) (Paperback)
Any words I think of to try to describe this book and the impact it had on me would just be mere hyberbole. I am reading it again after a number of years, and just marvel at the way Abram is able to communicate what Zen Buddhists might refer to as "a special transmission" - the sort of understanding poets dance circles around, and Taoists come to know by studying the wind and the water.
It's not an easy book to read, as most people I've tried desperately to force it on have told me, as he a) uses a lot of theoretical terms and expects some prior understanding of philosophy, and b) writes about profound experiences had whilst communing -if you like- with nature, and if you simply haven't already had these experiences to some extent, I imagine you would be feeling a little distanced from the message he's so passionate about conveying.
This is irrelevant though: I suggest spending a year or so studying philosophy and psychoanalysis, then taking this book on a long hiking trip with you. Trust me, it will blow your mind.