By Alexandra Jacobs
Updated June 06, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT

A Geography of Time

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After hours and hours spent in the library and conducting experiments on hapless postal clerks, Robert Levine has learned loads about how different temperaments and societies beat, obey, or outright ignore the clock. He’s got a funny, self-deprecating way with a travel anecdote, A Geography of Time; his run-ins with Japan’s showy industriousness and Brazil’s maddening languor, for example, help the pokier pages fly by. And tests that appear goofy in execution (one spirited group of volunteers dropped pens, then measured how long it took pedestrians to retrieve them) invariably turn out telling in result. Time, it seems, isn’t money to everyone, but just in case, let’s keep it brief: This tome is well worth a chunk of yours. A

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