Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology

Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology

by David Abram
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Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology by David Abram

David Abram’s first book, The Spell of the Sensuous has become a classic of environmental literature. Now he returns with a startling exploration of our human entanglement with the rest of nature.
 
As the climate veers toward catastrophe, the innumerable losses cascading through the biosphere make vividly evident the need for a metamorphosis in our relation to the living land. For too long we’ve ignored the wild intelligence of our bodies, taking our primary truths from technologies that hold the living world at a distance. Abram’s writing subverts this distance, drawing readers ever closer to their animal senses in order to explore, from within, the elemental kinship between the human body and the breathing Earth. The shape-shifting of ravens, the erotic nature of gravity, the eloquence of thunder, the pleasures of being edible: all have their place in this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307379313
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/24/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 277,629
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

David Abram is an ecologist, anthropologist, and philosopher who lectures and teaches widely around the world. His prior book, The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World, helped catalyze the emergence of several new disciplines, including the burgeoning field of ecopsychology. The recipient of a Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction, David was named by both the Utne Reader and the British journal Resurgence as one of a hundred visionaries transforming contemporary culture. His writings on the cultural causes and consequences of environmental disarray are published in numerous magazines, scholarly journals, and anthologies. A co-founder of the Alliance for Wild Ethics (AWE), David lives with his family in the foothills of the southern Rockies.

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Check out these reviews: "A wild book in every sense of the word, full of stories that will leave you trembling, but even fuller of ideas that will send you out into the world with new eyes," writes Bill McKibben...... "One of the most compelling and important ecology books in decades. Abram has given us another classic that will help us ponder our future and choose our actions wisely," writes Rex Weyler, co-founder of Greenpeace International and author of Greenpeace: The Inside Story....... "David Abram is among the most important interpreters of the wild voice within us. At no other time in Western history have we needed to listen to that voice, and to David's, as much as we do today. I cannot imagine another book that so gently and so persuasively alters how we look at ourselves," writes Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle........ "This book is like a prehistoric cave. If you have the nerve to enter it and you get used to the dark, you'll discover things about storytelling which are startling, urgent and deeply true. Things each of us once knew, but forgot when we were born into the 19th and 20th centuries. Extraordinary rediscoveries!" writes John Berger, author of Ways of Seeing...... "A truly alchemical book. Those of us who still hope for a revolutionary change in our thinking toward animals, the living land and the climate will welcome this book!" writes the San Francisco Book Review....... "In Becoming Animal, David Abram has crafted the rarest of literary gems: a sublime effort combining transcendent prose, lucid insight, and lasting consequence," writes The Shambhala Sun..... "[P]rose as lush as a moss-draped rain forest and as luminous as a high desert night. Deeply resonant with indigenous ways of knowing, Abram lets us listen in on wordless conversations with ancient boulders, walruses, birds, and roof beams. His profound recognition of intelligences other than our own enables us to enter into reciprocal symbioses that can, in turn, sustain the world. Becoming Animal illuminates a way forward in restoring relationship with the earth, led by our vibrant animal bodies to re-inhabit the glittering world," writes Orion magazine........ "If we are to survive-indeed, if we are to stop the dominant culture from killing the planet-it will be in great measure because of brave and brilliant beings like David Abram. This is a beautifully written, deeply moving, and important book," writes Derrick Jensen, author of A Language Older than Words...... "Refreshing. [Abram] allows himself to be expansive, sentimental, and more than a little mad. . . . His book is transformative, animated by piercing observations and hallucinatory intensity," writes Bookforum.
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