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""Jaw-droppingly wonderful... A marvellous and surprising book which left me breathless and dizzy with delight. The ironic, playful tone at the beginning gradates into something serious that is never pompous, intellectually and historically complex and yet always pellucidly laid out. Plus I learned the word plaidoyer which I shall do my utmost to use every day..."" (Stephen Fry)
"This fabulously interesting book describes an area of intellectual history replete with brilliant leaps of intuition and crazy dead ends. Guy Deutscher, who combines enthusiasm with scholarly pugnacity...is a vigorous and engaging guide to it...a remarkably rich, provocative and intelligent work of pop science." (Sam Leith Sunday Times)
"brilliant... As befits a book about language, this inspiring amalgam of cultural history and science is beautifully written." (Clive Cookson Financial Times)
"so robustly researched and wonderfully told that it is hard to put down...Deutscher...brings together more than a century's worth of captivating characters, incidents and experiments that illuminate the relationship between words and mind" (New Scientist)
"A delight to read" (Spectator)
A brilliant and provocative exploration of how the cultures we live in affect the languages we speak and how we think of the world around us.See all Product Description
Just as good as his first book.
Read it together with Jackendoff, "A User's Guide to Thought and Meaning", which I also recommend. Read more
This is the best kind of popular language book, both trying to shake the academic tree a little bit and welcoming any old reader in. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Merget
A fascinating book that was very well written and clearly thoroughly researched. Deutscher's humorous and eloquent tone prevent it from becoming a heavily academic book, but rather... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Anna
Item as described, excellent postage and service. Thank youPublished 7 months ago by Sarah Gomersall