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Wonder in Modern Life

Patrick Curry

304 pp.  
6 1/8" x 9 1/4"

Floris Books


Available:  January 2020


Enchantment is a profound human potential. When we experience wonder, awe, or amazement, it is enchantment. Enchantment can reveal profound truths, lead to deeper values, and become central to a life well lived.

This unique book explores how enchantment plays out in a wide range of contexts—in love, art, religion, and learning;, in food and drink; and, perhaps most significant, in our relationship with the natural world and others.

Patrick Curry argues that modernist attempts to undermine or dismiss enchantment as a delusion not only misguide, but are also dangerous, possibly leading to disengagement from our world, which could have disastrous consequences for our potential future on Earth.

  • “Understanding begins—and ends—in wonder. This book articulates simply, and in a personal and unpretentious manner, an urgently needed defense of wonder as indispensable to true perception and just appreciation of the world. We neglect its message at our peril.” —Iain McGilchrist, author of The Master and his Emissary

    “An impressive erudition and literary sensibility animate the pages of this thoughtful book. With a light poetic touch, Curry traces the many ways in which enchantment lies at the core of human experience, even in a world that does its best to disabuse and disillusion us. Detaching it from ideology, Curry sees enchantment as an irrepressible mode of our being present to things, and vice versa. The enchanted moments cannot be sustained yet they lay their claim on us time and time again by virtue of the fact that we are alive and capable of wonder.” —Robert Pogue Harrison, author of Forests: The Shadow of Civilization

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