Despite its title, it's not a romance.
I'm taking an environmental class this term, and this is one of the books. I've only read the forward and the first chapter, but I'm already fascinated by this book, and wanted to put down some random thoughts. Or rather, some random confusion.
In the first chapter of The Spell of the Sensuous David Abram tells a little bit about his travels. Specifically, his travels when he was studying how magic relates to healing. Along the way he talks all about magicians, sorcerers, and shamans.
Now here's the thing: Abram does a pretty good job of explaining what a shaman is, but not a magician or a sorcerer. I'm not sure if he is using the three words as synonyms, or if there is supposed to be a slight difference. Maybe it'll be clarified later on in the book, but at the moment I'm perplexed.
I do like to see his description of shamanism, though. It's not exactly how I view shamanism (I am a shaman practitioner myself, by the way), but it's nice to see it from a fresh perspective. I'll probably have to reread that chapter before I can comment further, though.
ps. Shamanism is in this book about the environment because shamans talk to nature spirits, and are supposed to be in tune with nature. In case you're wondering. :)