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Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters (original 2001; edition 2002)

by Mark Dunn

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Title:Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters
Authors:Mark Dunn
Info:Anchor (2002), Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Modern American Lit.

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Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn (2001)

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    4leschats: Similar aspects of word play demonstrate how the abstract nature of language creates, alters, and describes our concrete experiences.
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    bookwoman247: Word play and language are an intregal part of both books. Ella Minnow Pea is a bit more sophisticated, but for adults or teens who enjoyed Haroun and the Sea of Stories, I think they will also find Ella Minnow Pea very enjoyable.
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If you stop to think about it, the premise (cultish town council bans the use of certain letters as they fall from a cenotaph) is absurd! But I was too busy being impressed by and entertained with the author's mad lipogrammatic skills to notice.

My personal favorite pangram (culled from the FPN boards): Why prize quick judgment above a lasting fix? ( )
  mrsrobin | Jun 24, 2017 |
A cute book for anyone who loves letters, words, and freedom of speech. One by one letters of the alphabet are dropped from use making life, relationships, and survival quite difficult. Why were they dropped and how does it all end??? You'll have to read the book. ( )
  -Cee- | May 18, 2017 |
As letters fall off a monument in the town center, citizens may no longer use them. A fun, ridiculous tale told in letters sent and received, growing increasingly difficult for the reader as we try to follow along and understand the words told in an ever diminishing alphabet. Lovers of language will love it! ( )
1 vote ladykat | May 15, 2017 |
Oh My Gosh! I had heard about this book several years ago and had it on my "Book Recc" list. Now I certainly know why and it was worth the wait. Readers can fully enjoy this at the level of a really clever story about a fictional island community who gradually decree a ban on letters of the alphabet. The entire book consists of written communication between islanders. It can also be appreciated for its humorous highlighting of the precious value of words as a means to connecting people to one another, and even as a means to human existence. On the most profound level, the reader understands how horrifying it would be to live under a set of rules set by close minded, megalomaniacal leaders who refuse to listen to scientific facts. Sounds a bit more relevant than expected? Marvelous story and disturbingly vital message! ( )
  hemlokgang | Apr 28, 2017 |
Recommended /lent to me by a work colleague.

Had not heard of it before but was an interesting, quirky, inventive read (about a world in which progressively specific letters of the alphabet are banned from use).

The author likes to play with form (another of his books "Ibid" is a fictional biography told solely through footnotes, the main text having been lost).

Big Ship

26 January 2017 ( Australia Day) ( )
  bigship | Jan 25, 2017 |
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Epigraph
In the beginning was the Word.

- Gospel of John, Chapter 1, Verse 1
The wicked peon quivered,

then gazed balefully at the judges

who examined him.

- Anonymous Typesetter
Dedication
For Mary
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Nollopton. Sunday, July 23. Dear Cousin Tassie, Thank you for the lovely postcards.
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For the present, it is easier for us to turn away. Our repulsion, you see, will not spur us to revolt until this plague moves much closer to home.
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Letters about a
Sign with letters that fall off.
Let her freedom ring.
(_debbie_)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385722435, Paperback)

Ella Minnow Pea is a girl living happily on the fictional island of Nollop off the coast of South Carolina. Nollop was named after Nevin Nollop, author of the immortal pangram,* “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” Now Ella finds herself acting to save her friends, family, and fellow citizens from the encroaching totalitarianism of the island’s Council, which has banned the use of certain letters of the alphabet as they fall from a memorial statue of Nevin Nollop. As the letters progressively drop from the statue they also disappear from the novel. The result is both a hilarious and moving story of one girl’s fight for freedom of expression, as well as a linguistic tour de force sure to delight word lovers everywhere.

*pangram: a sentence or phrase that includes all the letters of the alphabet

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Ella Minnow Pea is a girl living happily on the fictional island of Nollop off the coast of South Carolina. Nollop was named after Nevin Nollop, author of the immortal pangram, "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." Now Ella finds herself acting to save her friends, family, and fellow citizens from the encroaching totalitarianism of the island's Council, which has banned the use of certain letters of the alphabet as they fall from a memorial statue of Nevin Nollop. As the letters progressively drop from the statue they also disappear from the novel. The result is both a hilarious and moving story of one girl's fight for freedom of expression, as well as a linguistic tour de force sure to delight word lovers everywhere.… (more)

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