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A Natural History of the Senses

Ackerman, Diane

(Book - 1995)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
A Natural History of the Senses
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Diane Ackerman's lusciously written grand tour of the realm of the senses includes conversations with an iceberg in Antarctica and a professional nose in New York, along with dissertations on kisses and tattoos, sadistic cuisine and the music played by the planet Earth. Delightful - gives the reader the richest possible feeling of the worlds the senses take in.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1995
Edition: Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 0679735666
9780679735663
Branch Call Number: 612.8 A182n 1995
Characteristics: xix, 331 p. ;,21 cm

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Aug 23, 2012
  • fawkes87 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I decided to reread this book this summer, which I had read for the first time when I was in college. It captured me as it did before with its stunning imagery, the fascinating unknown history that is written in our senses, and what exists in the world around us. I will say there are some moments in which the writer does seem to exotify other cultures and peoples in a way that makes me feel uncomfortable, however it's still worth the read. And it's also probably worth the reminder of discomfort to realize the "other-ing" our minds sometimes do as well as figuring out how that differs from finding wonder in the unexpected and unknown.

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