The spell of the sensuous: perception and language in a more-than-human world

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Vintage Books, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 326 pages
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David Abram draws on sources as diverse as the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty, Balinese shamanism, Apache storytelling, and his own experience as an accomplished sleight-of-hand magician to reveal the subtle dependence of human cognition on the natural environment. He explores the character of perception and excavates the sensual foundations of language, which--even at its most abstract--echoes the calls and cries of the earth. On every page of this lyrical work, Abram weaves his arguments with passion and intellectual daring.

"Long awaited, revolutionary...This book ponders the violent disconnection of the body from the natural world and what this means about how we live and die in it."--Los Angeles Times

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Three stars because he has a captivating writing style. - Goodreads
The prose is really beautiful. - Goodreads
Abram's prose casts its own sensuous spell. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Anna Dunn - Goodreads

Abram has some interesting points and he uses some great imagery, but most of this book went over my head.The writing is just confusing. On the bright side, the title makes you feel like you are reading a Harry Potter spell book! Read full review

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User Review  - Andrea McDowell - Goodreads

This book makes absolutely no sense. Look, I understand that the alphabet is a phenomenal technology that has transformed human thought and consciousness, but if you are able to make your argument ... Read full review

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