A Natural History of the Senses




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  1. czimm@sfsu.edu says:
    35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Poetry and Science, December 4, 1998
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    czimm@sfsu.edu (San Francisco, CA) –

    This review is from: A Natural History of the Senses (Paperback)

    When I first read Diane Ackerman’s book it opened my eyes, just as these other reviews testify. It does seem to be a book people either love or hate (I have some friends who thought it was sentimental babbling) but that doesn’t change how extravagantly Ackerman uses language itself to convey the lush world of the senses. I teach a creative writing course at SFSU and I use the book to promote both that poetic description and the possibilities for experience and awareness the book evokes. An excellent example of the ways poetry can be used to explain science and experience.

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  2. Peggy Vincent "author and reader" says:
    44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
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    A cultural, creative, and sensory delight, February 24, 2004
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    This review is from: A Natural History of the Senses (Paperback)

    After reading a few of Ackerman’s New Yorker pieces, as well as The Moon by Whale Light and her contribution to Sisters of the Earth, I knew I would eventually read all of her books. A Natural History of the Senses does not disappoint. It flows like cool water through literature, history, music, politics, philosophy, and poetry. As a writer, I appreciate this book as a resource of my own, a way to deepen my understanding of our sensory appreciation of the world – but also as an example of beautiful writing by a master of the craft.
    In a nutshell, I wish Diane Ackerman lived next door to me.

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  3. Shaun Roundy "Shaun Roundy" says:
    25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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    from UofLIFE.com/book review, June 29, 2000
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    This review is from: A Natural History of the Senses (Paperback)

    The best writing I have ever read. Totally engaging essays that will not only teach you more than you ever thought there was to know about our five senses (and more!) but will also make you laugh out loud because the writing is that good. Your world will never be the same again–or should I say, you will never see your world the same way. You will forever be more aware of the stunning intricacy, simplicity, and beauty of life that surrounds us.

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