"Like a genial real estate agent, Gábor Gyáni escorts the reader from the grand ten-room apartment to the one-room bedroom-kitchen, all the while gossiping about the previous owners, the cost of furnishing, the choice of décor, the use of space, and the mannered interactions in the courtyard and hanging corridors... The reader cannot but be impressed with the diligence, inventiveness, and fulsomness with which the author has marshaled his detail. The book is also easy reading. The translation is good, flowing English. The book's rich description will be useful to anyone trying to create a picture of everyday urban life in Budapest from 1870-1940."