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Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften I: Erstes und Zweites Buch
Robert Musil
A Dance to the Music of Time: 1st Movement
Anthony Powell
Sweet Tooth
Ian McEwan
The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way - Bill Bryson This is one memorable beginning to a book on language on page 1:
Warning to motorists in Tokyo:"When a passenger of the foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet at him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage, then tootle him with vigour".
Made me laugh out loud.

The book gives nice insights to the lay person and is decently but not perfectly researched. It has length where there is no necessity, the point was made on the topic but BB wants to put all his detailed knowledge into it. A little annoying but not a big detriment.