Life, A User's Manual, by Georges Perec
I've often heard of this book but never read it. Glad I didn't before, because it means more to me now.
Two thirds to go, but summarized
A Parisian apartment block appears as a doll's house, but with the lives of inhabitants minutely described (unlike a real doll's house).
At the same time it's a chessboard, perched on a jigsaw puzzle.
The moving part is the lives described and the sympathy shown.
I was surprised by all this. I'd really like to know how other people react to the book. Please write in.