• "<b>'Highly original</b>... <b>Brilliant</b>... How did...regular and complex languages come to exist? Deutscher's chosen task is to unravel [a] paradox, and he does so brilliantly, witholding the secret with great skill. If I told you how it works, you wouldn't buy the book. Both <b>clever and convincing</b>... this book will stretch your mind' <i>Independent on Sunday</i>"

    A.S. Byatt in the Guardian 'Books of the Year