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A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman
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Jan 07, 2012

it was ok
Read from January 04 to 07, 2012

A radically uneven book, with passages of lyrical beauty punctuated by an increasing sense of disorganization. It too often reads more like a glorified diary entry than an actual book, changing topics mid paragraph, digressing for two or three sentences and then snapping back to the topic at hand. And far too much of the narrative of each section focusses on anecdote and broad generalizations, with too many historically inaccurate statements (no, blue is not a colour historically associated with baby boys, despite the fanciful origins Ackerman can derive from this supposed fact or the dozens like it.)

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Melissa Also, she repeats herself for no apparent reason.

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