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
Much like in A Natural History of Love, Ackerman combines a profound interest in natural science, evolution and the animal world (and humanity's place in it) with a love of language, observation and sense-experience.
Diane Ackerman paints a magical, exquisite path of words as you explore the five senses & beyond through the talent of her pen. Along the way you will learn some pretty amazing facts about body, mind, self, and the amazing world around us all. This is a truly mesmerizing journey that you won't want to put down until it's over. The only complaint I have is that it is written twenty years ago (1990) so this will date the information just a little. Plus, it does contain some un-PC words like "Orientals" to describe Asians & a total disregard for veganism/ vegetarianism with misinformation about protein.
Interesting, but a bit more about the senses than I wanted to know. Ackerman does goes on (and on). But still, there's a nice balance between scientific info and her own more poetic take on what -- and how -- we see, smell, touch, hear and taste.