Ella Minnow Pea
Ella Minnow Pea is an epistolary novel set in the fictional island of Nollop situated off the coast of South Carolina and home to the inventor of the pangram The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog. Now deceased, the islanders have erected a monument to honor their hero, but one day a tile with the letter z falls from the statue. The leaders interpret the falling til...more
This novel is about the unintended bad, and ridiculous, consequences of a very good idea. Nollop, an island off the American mainland, is a society rational and reasonable in its organization and actions. Its usage of the English language rests on the existence of the pangram, "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." The founder of Nollop invested the pangram with great significance.
And now, in Ella's time, the letters of the pangram start falling off the founder's stat ...more
A ridiculous book, masquerading as something intelligent and thought provoking. There are plenty of far better books that raise issues of totalitarianism, censorship versus free speech, superstition versus science, loyalty to friends and family versus loyalty to the state, the power of language etc in more enlightening, entertaining and less gimmicky ways. I realise my opinion is very much a minority one, so perhaps I'm overanalysing and taking it too ser ...more
Georges Perec wrote a novel without using the letter "e" even once. Dunn works a similar gimmick by writing this epistolary novel about an island that bans the use of certain letters as these drop off, one by one, from the statute of the creator of the phrase, "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."
"Z" is the first to go, then "Q", then "J". Things get really difficult, however, when "D" falls off. Speech, indeed communication of any kind, gets increasingly difficult as th ...more
This, as other reviewers have noted, is a parable about the exercise of hum ...more
I’m pleased to report, first of all, that this book is wholesome, despite being on the national market and not just the LDS one (so many books I’ve picked up this year I’ve had to return to the library, unread).
And this book is good to boot. It’s l ...more
And yes, I did intentionally use all the letters of the alphabet in the first sentence. It is, admittedly, harder than it seems.
The book is in the form of letters written among the inhabitants of a small island nation who prize, above all, their literary and vocabulary skills. When letters begin to fall from the city's motto (The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog), the city council ...more
The idea is incredibly original an ...more
Ella Minnow Pea resides on the fictional island of Nallop, off the South Carolina shore, where all the residents are brought up in reverence of syntax and language. The founder and ...more
anyway, i really enjoyed it. unlike others, i was not irked by the sudden introduction of phoneme substitution at the end of the book - it seemed only reasonable ...more
There's no real need to try to tell anyone the "story" behind this self-proclaimed "novel of letters". If you're a reader...just dive in and enjoy. It's fresh, clever, and fun. It's like reading a book and playing Scrabble at the same time...skimming a newspaper while doing a crossword puzzle. It's a wild, bri ...more
Okay, it's a cool idea. Really. The whole revering the language but also revering a man who came up with a sentence that doesn't really revere the language because it's celebrating creating a pangram. Ya ...more
The concept of this novel, a progressively lipogrammatic epistolary fable, is very creative and it had to be incredibly tedious and challenging for the author to write. Unfortunately, the execution of the concept resulted in an implausible and rather dull story. On the other hand, it's worth picking up if interested as it is an extremely fast read being short and epistolary - you can read the whole book in less than 2 hours.
Told in the epistolary style, Ella Minnow Pea follows the trials of the island residents of Nollop as they struggle to maintain control of their language as more and more letters fall into disuse. The reader gets to know the characters through the notes they write to each other. When members of the alphabet start being banned across the island, i ...more
FROM THE PUBLISHER
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,* ...more
For the first half I thought it was fantastic, but I was disappointed by a couple of things later on. First, I expected that as letters were removed the author would continue to use normal spellings, but there came a point when that was given up as too difficult, and the author resorted to ...more
The fictional village isle of Nollop was named after the man, Nevin Nollop - the guy who first invented the phrase "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" - a phrase that successfully uses each letter from the English alphabet at least once. In the center square of this small village is a bronzed monument, erected many many years ag ...more
Postface de la traductrice Marie-Claude Plourde à l'édition française:
ÉCRIRE, TRADUIRE ET VIVRE SOUS LA CONTRAINTE, mars 2013
L'idée d'écrire en s'imposant des contraintes n'est pas nouvelle. En fait, rares sont les oeuvres qui ne sont régies par aucune règle : la plupart du temps, un auteur respectera de façon minimale style associé au type de discou ...more
So the premise of this book is that there's a group of people living on a fictional island off the coast of South Carolina (called Nollop), and on this island, they have a statue of a guy named Nevin Nollop, the original author of the pangram "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog," where a pangram is a sentence that uses every letter of the alphab ...more
This is a book written in the epistolary fashion, which worked but the letters ended up having more context placed into them than there would be in "real" letters. The theocratic state worked for the point of the story. I get the use of formal language and rather obscure lexicon at the beginning and I see a link to our own society changing from one rich in language to one shrinking as we moved to a computer age where we can cut and paste, spell check and neve ...more
As the story wore on and the letter usage became more and more limited, I really began to appreciate the challenge of l ...more
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Mark has received over 200 productions of his work for the stage throughout the world, with translations of his plays into French, Italian, Dutch and Hungarian. His play North Fork (later retitled Cabin Fever: A Texas Tragicomedy when it was picked up for publica ...more