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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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Rating:***1/2
Tags:Modern American Lit.

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Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn (2001)

2009 (18) allegory (20) alphabet (70) American (25) censorship (73) contemporary (17) contemporary fiction (21) dystopia (36) epistolary (148) epistolary novel (31) fantasy (20) fiction (512) general fiction (16) humor (74) language (96) letters (79) library (17) linguistics (14) lipogram (17) literature (21) novel (50) own (23) read (65) satire (34) South Carolina (26) to-read (66) totalitarianism (20) unread (23) wordplay (49) words (30)
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    Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie (bookwoman247)
    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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A good funny whimsical way to while away a Sunday afternoon. A shorter read than I expected and managed to read in just over a day. English is an amazing language in the way authors can stretch it. ( )
  charlie68 | Feb 16, 2014 |
When writing without a few letters of the alphabet, creative linguistic acrobatics become necessary. This book started out with so much unnecessarily odd phrasing, that the change was hardly noticeable.

But when you remove enough letter, it degrades into virtual nonsense. I think that may be why the author started in the style he did; to show the degradation, and none of the elaboration.

The degradation was about the only thing I found interesting in this book. I would have liked it better if it had ended with the "No mo Nollop poo poo" bit. I found their normal writing style annoying.


Overall, I think this book lacked all subtlety, as well as an interesting story. Perec is so much better. ( )
  DeFor | Nov 28, 2013 |
I was hooked by page 3 before the narrative even began!
Such a fun read -- amazing vocabulary, inventive writing to get around limitations of permissable letters, light quirky characters. It's not a book one reads for the story itself, which is simple and far-fetched, but for the wit and word play. It is a logophile's novel. ( )
1 vote LDVoorberg | Nov 13, 2013 |
An epistolary novel for the YA set, examining what happens to community and communication when letters are progressively removed from the alphabet by an overzealous government. Full of puns and wordplay, and a bravura feat of storytelling despite the progressively harsher restrictions Dunn imposes on himself and his characters. A good bit of fun, and short enough that the occasionally necessary odd turn of phrase or creative spelling does not become wearing.
  louistb | Jun 29, 2013 |
lovely! ( )
  DavidO1103 | Jun 8, 2013 |
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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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