An informative, pleasurable read… A gifted writer, Deutscher picks his way nimbly past overblown arguments to a sensible compromise. (Amanda Katz, The Boston Globe)
A thrilling and challenging ride. (Christopher Schoppa, The Washington Post)
Brilliantly surveys the differences words and grammar make between cultures. (Carlin Romano, The Chronicle of Higher Education)
A most entertaining book, easy to read but packed with fascinating detail. (Michael Quinion, World Wide Words)
Entertainingly written and thought-provoking… Deutscher has a talent for making scientific history read like an engrossing adventure… I recommend this intelligent and engaging book to anyone seeking an introduction to the relationship between language, thought, and culture. (Margery Lucas, PsycCritiques)
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. (Sam Leith, The Sunday Times (UK))
A brilliant account of linguistic research over two centuries… As befits a book about language, this inspiring amalgam of cultural history and science is beautifully written. (Clive Cookson, Financial Times (UK))
A delight to read. (Christopher Howse, The Spectator (UK))
Fascinating and well written… Deutscher's scholarly and eloquent prose made the book an enjoyable read and I learnt lots of great anecdotes along the way.
Deutscher writes as clearly and engagingly as can be… Will this study of language make you giddy? Oh, absolutely. (Craig Brown, The Mail on Sunday (UK))
Jaw-droppingly wonderful… A marvelous and surprising book. The ironic, playful tone at the beginning gradates into something serious that is never pompous, something intellectually and historically complex and yet always pellucidly laid out. It left me breathless and dizzy with delight. (Stephen Fry, presenter of Stephen Fry in America, host of QI, and author of Moab Is My Washpot)
At once highly readable and thoroughly learned... Here is an important and original new history of the struggle to understand how language, culture, and thought are connected. (Joan Bybee, Distinguished Professor of Linguistics, University of New Mexico)
About the Author
Guy Deutscher is the author of The Unfolding of Language. Formerly a fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, and of the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Languages at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, he is an honorary research fellow at the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures at the University of Manchester. He lives in Oxford, England.