Apr 25, 11
This was unlike anything I've read in years. Written by a rather witty linguist, it's divided in two sections. The first dives into the mystery of why Homer and other ancient writers had such weird ideas about color, and had such a limited color vocabulary. The story is fascinating, weaving in the development of the field of anthropology, and the author does an excellent job of drawing you into the history without getting bogged down in controversy.
The second part of the book examines whether language affects our cognitive processes. This, too, is interesting, and as a study in how to (and how not to) design a study to find out the answer to a question it's great stuff. The ultimate answer to whether and how and why the world looks different in other languages is not, perhaps, as interesting as the book itself is.
Truly worth reading.