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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
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Tags:Modern American Lit.

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

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Cute idea. Fun story. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
Cute idea. Fun story. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
Extremely clever book; ironic and charming, frustrating at times, uplifting in others. Great social/political commentary. The concept, that people in a country would lose the legal right to use some letters in writing or speech, was followed up beautifully and craftily. This had to be a uniquely difficult book to write...it was nearly impossible for the citizens in the book to avoid using letters, and it was essential that Mark Dunn wrote the books without any outlawed letters. ( )
  Connie-D | Jan 17, 2016 |
Ella Minnow Pea!

I loved it! The novel is epistolary which makes it a quick read… for the most part, anyway!

Ella Minnow Pea lives in Nollop, an independent island off the USA’s Carolina coast. The Island is named after Nevin Nollop who is immortalised in a statue in Nollopton containing tiles spelling out the pangram “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” which he is credited with creating.

One day, the letter ‘z’ falls from the statue. The Island’s council have a hasty meeting and decree that Nollop is speaking to them from beyond the grave and instructing them that from now on the letter ‘z’ is to be removed from their vocabulary. All written material containing the letter is to be destroyed, meaning that all books have to go. Islanders are informed that from now on, anyone using this letter will be punished.

Soon after, ‘q’ falls from the statue and this, too, is outlawed. The situation divides the Islanders as some agree with the Council’s decree and start to ‘shop’ offenders as neighbour turns against neighbour. People are given three warnings, after which they are sent away from the Island forever.

As the letters continue to fall, it becomes harder and harder for the Islanders to communicate with one another. Some are forcefully evicted after their third offence but many leave of their own free will, unable to continue living this way. How are they going to prevent all the letters from disappearing?

This is so clever! The way Dunn writes is really clever as the letters he can draw on diminishes. Towards the end it becomes harder to read it, but I found I soon got the hang of it! I loved the outcome and the way it came about. So quirky - I really recommend this to anyone who likes something a little different!
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  Bagpuss | Jan 17, 2016 |
This is an hilarious book that shows how important the alphabet is. Ella Minnow Pea is a young woman living in the nation of Nollop, which is off the U.S. coast. The nation is named for, and reveres Nevin Nollop, the man who coined the famous pangram 'The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog'. The trouble starts when the "Z" tile falls from the Nollop statue with this pangram on it. The high council believes that Nollop is trying to challenge them from beyond, and they outlaw the letter "Z" in both verbal and written form. As the weeks continue, more letters fall resulting in more outlawed letters and more people being banished from the island.
Ella and several people are trying to fight these laws with 'challenge 32', but it is a race against time as more letters are outlawed.

This book is written as a series of letters being the different residents of Nollop, mainly between Ella and various members of her family. As the book goes on and more letters are outlawed, reading the letters becomes funnier and funnier. They have to find new words and spellings, such as ph for the f sound, to get around the statutes. This was a thoroughly enjoyable book. I learned some new words and it was interesting to see how the various characters worded things to avoid trouble with the law.

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  Tanya-D | Jan 15, 2016 |
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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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